After a tough overtime loss to Calgary, and then watching their former teammate Jamie McGinn tie the game late for Colorado, San Jose finds themselves back in the 9th spot in the Western Conference playoff race as they host the Nashville Predators at the Shark Tank tonight.
As Randy Hahn has put it on the telecasts, welcome to the next installment of the “Biggest Game of the Year” for the Sharks. Team Teal currently sits one point out thanks to Colorado’s shootout win in Buffalo last night. With 13 games left, seven will be at home while the five road games will all be within the division. Only the April 3rd meeting at Dallas will have the Sharks play before 7:00pm the rest of the year.
While there will be limited rest, now is the time for the move to be made. Can’t afford to lose points, you have to grab them all. If this was the World Series of Poker, this is time where you go all in, because if you don’t now, when do you?
Tommy Wingels had an upper body injury in the Edmonton game and is day to day. Martin Havlat made the road trip as he was rumored to possibly play the other night in Calgary. The team anticipates he is almost ready to go and awaits doctor’s approval.
BEHOLD THE GOLD?
Nashville went through it’s first major uniform change this season and the golden mustard jerseys have been successful for the Predators as they have been in the middle of the pack all season. While Mike Fisher (aka Mr. Carrie Underwood), Shea Weber, and Pekka Rinne are the names known around the NHL that put fear in opponents, it’s been players like Sergei Kostitsyn, Martin Erat, and Patrick Hornqvist leading the offense.
The Preds have won their last three, and are 2-0-1 in the Shark Tank since last season. San Jose hopes to avoid a four game home losing streak tonight. LET’S PUCKING DO THIS!
We are just a few days away from the #SharksTweetup at the Shark Tank. This is a gathering of Sharks fans on Twitter to meet and greet in person. With the game at 7pm, we will start up at 6pm. Join the fun! We will be giving away a Joe Thornton jersey to one of our fellow Sharks twitterers. And just in, Shark Byte cameras will be there taping a segment for the show’s season finale.