National Hockey League
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Nashville at San Jose
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 13, 2014
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

The San Jose Sharks aim to remain perfect on their homestand as they host the Nashville Predators on Saturday. After dropping a 2-1 decision at Edmonton on Sunday, San Jose exacted revenge with a 5-2 triumph in the back end of their home-and-home series two days later - and the opener of its five-game homestand. Joe Pavelski scored at 1:48 of the third period Thursday and the Sharks held on for a 2-1 win over Minnesota, improving to 2-0-0 on the stretch at SAP Center and extending their home winning streak to five games.

Nashville looks to complete a sweep of its three-game road trip, which began Tuesday with a shutout victory over Colorado and continued with a 5-1 drubbing of Arizona two days later. Mike Fisher and James Neal each recorded a goal and an assist while Pekka Rinne made 31 saves en route to his league-leading 19th win. The Predators swept its three-game series against San Jose last season, limiting the Sharks to a total of four goals.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), CSN California (San Jose)

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (19-7-2): Filip Forsberg continued to build his case for the Calder Trophy on Thursday as he collected a pair of assists. It was the third two-point performance in four games for the 20-year-old Swede and his 10th multi-point effort of the season. Should Rinne get the nod Saturday, it will be his 10th consecutive start.

ABOUT THE SHARKS (16-11-4): Joe Thornton notched two assists Thursday, moving him past Jean Beliveau for 39th place on the all-time list with 1,220 career points. The 35-year-old former captain is nine points away from tying Norm Ullman for 38th in NHL history. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic could return to the lineup Saturday after missing one game with an upper-body injury.

OVERTIME

1. The Predators are 9-2-3 in their last 14 meetings with the Sharks.

2. Nashville is 7-1-1 against the Pacific Division this season.

3. Pavelski has scored five goals in his last five games.

PREDICTION: Sharks 3, Predators 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Nashville 19-7-1-1 W2 11-2-0-1 8-5-1-0 0-0-0-0 19-7-1-1 8-3-1-0
San Jose 16-11-0-4 W2 7-4-0-2 9-7-0-2 2-2-0-0 14-9-0-4 5-3-0-1
Last Meeting
Nashville San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/5/14 NAS 3 SJ 0 24 35 0-1 35 21 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Nashville P. Hornqvist 3
San Jose K. Abeltshauser 0
Goals Player  
Nashville P. Hornqvist 2
San Jose K. Abeltshauser 0
Assists Player  
Nashville M. Cullen 1
San Jose K. Abeltshauser 0
Saves Player  
Nashville C. Hutton 35
San Jose A. Niemi 21
Season
Total Points Player  
Nashville F. Forsberg 31
San Jose J. Pavelski 32
Goals Player  
Nashville F. Forsberg 14
San Jose J. Pavelski 17
Assists Player  
Nashville M. Ribeiro 19
San Jose P. Marleau 22
Saves Player  
Nashville P. Rinne 730
San Jose A. Niemi 653
Quickchart Matchup
Nashville Off vs  San Jose Def
2.68 GF
2.52 GA
31.5 Shots
29.9 Shots
10 PP
15 PK
San Jose Off vs  Nashville Def
2.77 GF
1.93 GA
31.6 Shots
27.9 Shots
23 PP
15 PK