If the San Jose Sharks want to find out how seriously they should take the Nashville Predators, all they have to do is ask the Anaheim Ducks.
The Predators, on the brink of elimination from playoff contention, are playing desperate, and it showed in their stunning 5-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Ducks 5-2 on Friday night. The Ducks’ loss kept them at 108 points, one ahead of the Sharks, but the Ducks have a game in hand on San Jose.
Meanwhile, the Sharks have been guilty of going into cruise-control the past few games after already clinching a playoff spot. They did defeat the Kings 2-1 on Thursday in a potential playoff preview, and they’ll need to play with the same kind of intensity to close out the season strong.
Tale of the Tape
- Goals for per game: 2.94 (7th)
- Goals against per game: 2.33 (4th)
- Shots per game: 34.8 (1st)
- Shots against per game: 27.7 (6th)
- Penalty minutes: 719 (5th)
- Power play percentage: 17.6% (19th)
- Penalty kill percentage: 84.4% (7th)
- Goals for per game: 2.51 (22nd)
- Goals against per game: 2.90 (T-24th)
- Shots per game: 29.1 (23rd)
- Shots against per game: 28.9 (11th)
- Penalty minutes: 770 (T-8th)
- Power play percentage: 18.9% (11th)
- Penalty kill percentage: 79.6% (25th)
SAN JOSE (49-20-9)
Opening Face-off: 7:30pm PST
Location: SAP Center, San Jose, CA