Preview: San Jose at Nashville

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Monday, May 9, 2016
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Matchup Edge
SJ Edge in: NAS
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


Although they've held serve at home, the San Jose Sharks can punch their ticket to their fourth Western Conference final appearance should they show the mettle that made them the top road team during the regular season. Boasting an NHL-best 28-10-3 mark away from home, the Sharks look to quiet Music City on Monday when they face off against the host Nashville Predators in Game 6.

"We know it's a tough challenge to win in Nashville. (Monday's) a huge game," San Jose veteran Joe Thornton told reporters. "They're going to play desperate. We got to play just as desperate. I expect their 'A' game and our 'A' game too. Can't wait." Nashville's second line of Mike Fisher, Colin Wilson and James Neal has collected seven goals in the last three contests - including the club's lone tally in a 5-1 setback in Game 5 on Saturday. "We just need to go into Nashville and have a better game," Neal told reporters. "Our team will. I believe in the guys. We'll regroup."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, CNBC, Sportsnet, TVAS2

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Joe Pavelski scored twice in Game 5 to raise his postseason total to a team-high eight, one shy of the NHL lead held by Tampa Bay's young stud Nikita Kucherov. Logan Couture also tallied on Saturday for his 13th point, joining defenseman Brent Burns for club-best honors while residing just one behind Dallas' Jamie Benn. "That's what we're supposed to do; we're supposed to go out and contribute offensively and score goals and play well," Couture told reporters of the team's veteran leadership. "When we're winning games, most nights the big guys are contributing. That's just expected."

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: After mustering just one point (a goal) in Nashville's seven-game series with Anaheim, Fisher has erupted for four tallies and two assists against San Jose. Speaking of the first round, the Predators must repeat the feat of winning Games 6 and 7 should they wish to reach the conference final for the first time in franchise history. Nashville needs more out of Filip Forsberg, who had 33 goals in the regular season but has mustered just two in the playoffs and is a staggering minus-8 in the series.

OVERTIME

1. San Jose has scored five power-play goals in each round of the playoffs.

2. Nashville is 4-for-44 (9.1 percent) with the man advantage in the postseason.

3. The Sharks last appeared in a conference final in 2011.

PREDICTION: Predators 3, Sharks 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
San Jose 53-31-5-3 W1 22-20-2-2 31-11-3-1 7-2-0-0 46-29-5-3 20-9-3-1
Nashville 47-33-12-2 L1 26-13-5-2 21-20-7-0 2-3-2-0 45-30-10-2 12-14-3-0

Last Meeting

San Jose Nashville
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
5/7/16 NAS 1 SJ 5 29 24 1-3 25 24 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
SJ J. Braun 2
NAS M. Fisher 1
Goals Player  
SJ J. Pavelski 2
NAS M. Fisher 1
Assists Player  
SJ J. Braun 2
NAS J. Neal 1
Saves Player  
SJ M. Jones 24
NAS P. Rinne 23
Season
Total Points Player  
SJ J. Thornton 82
NAS F. Forsberg 64
Goals Player  
SJ J. Pavelski 38
NAS F. Forsberg 33
Assists Player  
SJ J. Thornton 63
NAS R. Josi 47
Saves Player  
SJ M. Jones 1591
NAS P. Rinne 1583

Quickchart Matchup

San Jose Off vs  Nashville Def
2.93 GF
2.64 GA
30.3 Shots
27.7 Shots
72 PP
55 PK
Nashville Off vs  San Jose Def
2.67 GF
2.51 GA
30.5 Shots
27.6 Shots
55 PP
52 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Jose Overall Nashville
53-31-5-3 W/L 47-33-12-2
43-49 ATS 41-53
47-35 O/U 37-36
2.93 Goals For 2.67
2.51 Goals Agnst 2.64
San Jose A/H Nashville
31-11-3-1 W/L 26-13-5-2
26-20 ATS 19-27
21-21 O/U 19-18
3.00 Goals For 3.00
2.41 Goals Agnst 2.35
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