San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 10-8-2019
On Tuesday night, the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will do battle in this Pacific Division vs Central Division matchup. The starting goalies are Martin Jones for San Jose and Pekka Rinne for Nashville. Puck drop is set for 8:00 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on NBCS.
Sharks Offense Looking To Come AliveThe San Jose Sharks are having one of their worst starts in franchise history. That is saying something, considering the fact that in the early '90s, the 92-93 Sharks went 11-71-2, for the worst NHL regular-season record of all-time. Now yes it is just three games in and this team is still one of the best teams in the league, but these three games have been awful. In their 27 plus year history, the team has never scored a total of just three goals after three games. They were blown out twice by the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 and 5-1 at home. Then the Sharks played a little better against the rebuilding Anaheim Ducks but still lost 3-1. The team is frustrated and looking a bit lost.
Here's what Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon said after the Sharks lost to the Ducks:
"I think we've just got to realize that there's a lot of opportunity here," defenseman Brenden Dillon said Saturday. "It was frustrating, but I think we've built on the last game. In thefirst two games, we weren't really happy with our effort. Tonight we had some opportunities but (Ducks goaltender John) Gibson played well. But we're going to have to get better. We have to earn our first win."
All aspects of the Sharks play has been tough to watch. Sloppy passes, lazy defense and bad turnovers behind the net, that leads to backbreaker goals. Giving up goals in the first five minutes or the last five minutes of periods, don't help with momentum either. The goaltending has actually been decent. Yes on paper it looks bad, but the goalies have had to face a lot of Grade A scoring chances, thanks to some bad plays by the defense. The offense is putting up more shots, but they have to penetrate the crease more, actually, get a power-play goal, and Jones has to bail his team out early.
Predators Looking To Play Better In The Third PeriodThe Nashville Predators are one of the best teams in the Western Conference. They are full of fire power, good on home ice, and are fantastic at getting on long streaks of victories. Nashville is currently on a four-game homestand. They beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 and lost to the Detroit Red Wings 5-3. In their first two games of the season, the Preds have had two different third periods. Against the Wild, they were able to overcome a 2-1 deficit, get a four-goal third period, and have a solid, home opener win. Against the Red Wings, they gave up three goals in the third period and lost the game. Nashville will look for a complete third period against the Sharks.
The newest Predator, Matt Duchene, has already made an impact by getting five assists, in the first two games. Here's what he had to say about his new team:
“It’s really nice to hopefully be settled for a long time. Obviously, you never know, at the end of the day you bet on yourself. You believe if you do your job you are going to be where you want to be for a while.”
The Predators have to work on their starts in games. They have found themselves down early or even heading into the third period, and on home ice, that isn't a good trend to get into. Rinne will make his second start of the season and he will be on five days rest. When a goalie has too much rest, sometimes he might give up some soft goals and hopefully that won't be the case. Look for Duchene to continue to his assist streak and maybe get some goals of his own. The plus-minus points have been solid for the core of the team. The team has been good at winning faceoffs and setting up plays, but they need to draw more penalties and continue to pound shots on net.
- Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
San Jose is:
- Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Sharks are 90-42 in their last 132 Tuesday games.