Preview: Nashville at San Jose

When: 12:00 PM  ET, Thursday, May 12, 2016
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Matchup Edge
NAS Edge in: SJ
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The Nashville Predators had to overcome a 3-2 series deficit versus Anaheim and win Game 7 on the road to advance out of the first round of the playoffs. The Predators will attempt to duplicate that script and secure a trip to their first Western Conference finals when they visit the San Jose Sharks in Thursday night's decisive Game 7.

Nashville has refused to buckle against the Sharks, staving off elimination with a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory in Game 6, and must face another daunting obstacle: It is 0-7 all-time in San Jose in the postseason. "We've been down in games throughout this whole playoffs," Predators forward Mike Fisher said. "We've found a way when chips are down to get wins and to get goals in big moments." The Sharks have outscored Nashville 13-5 in the three meetings at home, but they squandered an early two-goal edge and a late one-goal advantage in Monday's loss. "Based on how the series has been played, it should come down to one game in a Game 7," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "We worked all year for home-ice advantage in this situation and we intend to take advantage of it."

TV: 9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: The unit of Fisher, James Neal and Colin Wilson, which was put together prior to Game 3, has been the best line for either team in the series, combining for 15 points over the past four games. Wilson, who set a franchise mark last season with five goals in one playoff series, continued his postseason heroics with the game-tying tally Monday to stretch his point streak to a club-record seven games and further bury the memory of his woeful six-goal campaign during the regular season. Goaltender Pekka Rinne had his share of shaky moments in Monday's victory, but he made a huge stop in overtime and had his best performance of the playoffs in the Game 7 win at Anaheim.

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Injuries limited forward Logan Couture to just five contests prior to the Christmas break, but he has been the most dynamic player for San Jose against the Predators, scoring five goals and adding three assists to give him 14 points in 11 postseason games. “In this league you win as a team," said Couture, who stood to be the hero in Game 6 after putting the Sharks ahead with a third-period power-play tally before Wilson responded with the equalizer. "You need everyone going to win hockey games. We've got to be hungrier than they are." The Sharks have been dominant with the man advantage, cashing in on their only opportunity in Game 6 to improve to 11-for-39 in the playoffs.


1. San Jose is bidding to make its fourth trip to the Western Conference finals and first since 2011.

2. Nashville's Peter Laviolette is the first coach in history to win five straight Game 7s, improving to 5-1 in such situations.

3. Sharks F Matt Nieto is questionable for Game 7 after missing Wednesday's practice with an injury sustained in Monday's loss.

PREDICTION: Sharks 4, Predators 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
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
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

Last Meeting

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

Player Stats

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

Quickchart Matchup

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

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Nashville Overall San Jose
47-33-12-2 W/L 53-31-5-3
41-53 ATS 43-49
37-36 O/U 47-35
2.67 Goals For 2.93
2.64 Goals Agnst 2.51
Nashville A/H San Jose
21-20-7-0 W/L 22-20-2-2
22-26 ATS 17-29
18-18 O/U 26-14
2.35 Goals For 2.87
2.92 Goals Agnst 2.61
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