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#17 Nashville
Predators 5.5
#18 San Jose
Sharks -150

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 10:35pm

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Nashville Predators

13 - 4


San Jose Sharks

9 - 9


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Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks

When and Where: Tuesday, Nov. 13, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif., 10 p.m. EST.

The Nashville Predators get the chance to avenge one of their few losses on the season Tuesday night when they wrap up the southern California portion of their five-game road swing against the San Jose Sharks.

Saros, Preds try to continue mastery on back end of back-to-backs

With Pekka Rinne starting Monday night’s 2-1 shootout loss at Anaheim, Juuse Saros is expected to take on his customary role of starting on the back end when the Predators (13-3-1) play on consecutive nights.

Saros, though, has seen more extensive action in the early part of the season as Rinne went on IR earlier with an undisclosed injury. Saros helped kick off this four-game road swing on a positive note for Nashville, making 11 of his 20 saves in the third period and overtime as the Predators rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 in overtime at Dallas on Saturday.

Saros already has one win under his belt in back-to-backs, posting a 31-save shutout at Edmonton in a 3-0 win Oct. 20. He is 9-1-2 with a 2.21 GAA and three shutouts on the back end of games on consecutive nights for Nashville dating back to the start of last season and has helped the Predators create a 10-game point streak on the road (8-0-2) in such contests.

Saros is also 5-0 on the road this season with a 2.31 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. The Predators have backed him well offensively, totaling 16 goals in his four road starts.

Nashville was denied the first 9-0-0 road start in the NHL since New Jersey accomplished the feat in 2009-10. Kevin Fiala helped the Predators grab a point when he scored with 16:53 left in regulation, but after making 29 saves in regulation and overtime, Rinne allowed Rickard Rackell to score the winner in the fourth round of the shootout.

The Preds went 0 for 7 on the power play Monday night and are just 2 for 25 with the man advantage over their last six games.


Sharks look to extend home winning streak to four

San Jose (9-6-3) avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season Sunday night by stifling Calgary 3-1.

Martin Jones stopped 29 shots, including a third-period penalty shot by Sam Bennett with 7:38 to play to preserve a one-goal lead. Joe Pavelski factored on all three goals, assisting on markers by Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi before sealing the win with an empty-netter.

The Sharks are hoping the win served as a breakout game for Pavelski, who had totaled just two goals in his previous eight contests. He had the game-tying tally in a three-goal third period in Nashville where San Jose rallied for a 5-4 victory Oct. 23.

San Jose is 5-2-1 at home, scoring at least three goals in six of its last seven games at SAP Center and 26 overall.

“It feels good to be home,” Pavelski told The Associated Press. “Right from the first ceremony tonight there was good energy in this building, I think the players felt it, and responded well too.”

Defenseman Brent Burns leads San Jose with 17 assists and 20 points but has failed to register a point in the last two games. Burns finished with a goal and two assists versus the Predators, the first goal he scored against Nashville since 2009.
Jones is expected to start in goal for this contest and has 25 saves in last month’s win at Nashville, just his third in 10 career starts against the Predators (3-5-2). He is 2-2-1 at home versus the Predators with a 2.09 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Preds have been solid all season but especially strong on the road. Additionally, they have thrived on the back end of games on consecutive nights and shut down Connor McDavid and the Oilers last month. San Jose has a few more options offensively, but Saros is in a comfort zone in these games and gives Nashville a chance to win — something Peter Laviolette’s team finds a way to do.

Prediction: Pick: Predators +125

Full-Game Total Pick

The over is the pick given last month’s contest, factoring in the offensive depth of both teams and how the Predators tend to play more loose when Saros is between the pipes — win over Edmonton being the exception rather than the norm. San Jose has yet to truly click on the power play, but one always has to keep an eye on both Burns and Erik Karlsson when they run the point with the man advantage.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 5.5 goals

Half-Time Side Pick

The teams played to a 1-1 deadlock after 20 minutes in Nashville, and both teams have a positive goal difference in the opening period — the Sharks are plus-9 with 21 goals and the Predators are plus-4 with 14. With the same goaltenders as the ones who played in Nashville, the hedge is to take the Predators with the half-goal given their road success this season.

Prediction: Pick: Predators +0.5 goals (-180)

Half-Time Total Bet

San Jose had a power-play goal in the first period of last month’s matchup, one of two it scored with the man advantage in four chances. While the Predators have not had a first-period tally in their last two games, they are a plus-3 on the road in the opening 20 minutes with eight goals in nine road games.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 1.5 goals

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.


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