Sharks

Sharks

Programming note: Sharks-Predators coverage starts tonight at 6:30 pm with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California. The game is on NBCSN.

Series schedule

The best-of-seven series is tied, two games apiece.

Game 1: Sharks 5, Predators 2
Game 2: Sharks 3, Predators 2
Game 3: Predators 4, Sharks 1
Game 4: Predators 4, Sharks 3 (3OT)
Game 5: Saturday, May 7, Predators @ Sharks (7 p.m.)
Game 6: Monday, May 9, Sharks @ Predators (TBD)
*Game 7: Wednesday, May 12, Predators @ Sharks (TBD)

* - if necessary

Last game

The Sharks’ second-longest game in franchise history ended in disappointing fashion when Mike Fisher’s goal at 11:12 of the third overtime gave the Predators a 4-3 victory at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Colin Wilson added one goal and two assists, while the Sharks had a pair of goals from Brent Burns. The home team has won each of the first four games of the series.

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Brent Burns. After getting just two combined shots on goal in games two and three, Burns had two goals, eight shots and 20 shot attempts in San Jose’s triple overtime Game 4 loss. The Wookiee continues to lead the Sharks in playoff scoring with 13 points (4g, 9a) in nine games. He skated a team-high 47 minutes and 35 seconds on Thursday, so the Sharks will have to hope his legs are OK for Game 5.

Predators: Mattias Ekholm. Overshadowed by bigger names on the Predators blue line, Ekholm has had a huge impact on the series with five points (1g, 4a). He had the primary assist on the overtime winner, getting his slap shot on net before Mike Fisher found the rebound. The 25-year-old set career highs in goals (8) and points (35) in the regular season, taking on a bigger role after the Seth Jones trade.

 

Probable lines

Sharks
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Patrick Marleau – Melker Karlsson
Nick Spaling – Chris Tierney – Dainius Zubrus

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak

Martin Jones
James Reimer

Predators
Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Craig Smith
Colin Wilson – Mike Fisher – James Neal
Pontus Aberg – Calle Jarnkrok – Viktor Arvidsson
Colton Sissons – Paul Gaustad – Miikka Salomaki

Roman Josi – Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis
Anthony Bitetto – Barret Jackman

Pekka Rinne
Carter Hutton

Playoff vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 3.11
Goals-against per game: 2.56
Power play: 25.7 percent
Penalty kill: 79.3 percent

Predators
Goals per game: 2.36
Goals-against per game: 2.73
Power play: 9.8 percent
Penalty kill: 79.5 percent

Injuries/scratches

Sharks: None.

Predators: None.

Odds and ends

*Logan Couture (3g, 3a) and Colin Wilson (2g, 4a) lead their teams in scoring in the series with six points each.

*Pekka Rinne has a 1.89 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in the series so far, while Martin Jones has a 2.47 GAA and .914 SP.

*San Jose is 3-1 at home in the playoffs; Nashville is 3-3 on the road.

Sharks playoff record when…

The Sharks are 4-9 when a series is tied two games apiece, 7-3 when leading three-games-to-two, and 1-9 when trailing a series three-games-to-two.

They are 13-16 in all-time in Game 5’s, including 9-6 at home.

Quotable

“Each game is a brand new animal. Momentum kind of dies once the game ends. You’ve got to restart and get ready to go for the next tone. Hopefully the Shark Tank is full and loud.” – Logan Couture