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.
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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.”
The Sharks are:
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 against above-.600 teams.
- The over is 7-1 in their last eight games vs. Central Division teams.
- The over is 6-2 in their last eight games vs. above-.600 teams.
- The over is 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The Predators are:
- 5-1 in their last six games playing on zero days’ rest.
- 12-3 in their last 15 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- The over is 4-1 in their last five games vs. the Sharks.
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