The Nashville Predators have reached the point in which they have lost the luxury of being comfortable. Obviously, they can't be comfortable when they currently sit outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
That feeling of anxiety and tension will be put on hold Tuesday night as the Preds take on the San Jose Sharks. The Preds have to come out and play like their life depends on it. Good forechecking, tight defense, and shooting the hockey puck are going to be essential steps that will have to be taken if Nashville wants to win this game.
So far this season, the Predators are 2-0-1 against the Sharks. In their latest meeting, the Sharks defeated the Predators in overtime by a 2-1 score at Bridgestone Arena in a game that San Jose shot the puck on net 50 times. Obviously, the Predators cannot allow that to happen again. Pekka Rinne has been unbelievable this season, but expecting to win a game when you allow 50 shots is absurd.
San Jose had won eight games in a row before they were defeated by Dallas. They're on a good stride right now, which is opposite of the Predators.
Prediction: I'm trying to muster up all of the optimism that I can, but I don't have a good feeling about this one at all. I think the Sharks are going to win this one in a walk. Sharks 4, Preds 1.
Maybe a little reverse mojo will work. The puck drops at 9:30 P.M. central time at H.P. Pavillion in San Jose, and the game will be televised on FS-Tennessee.