Monday, October 24, 2011
The Nashville Predators will host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Last season, the Predators went 2-0-2 against the Sharks. Each game in the series was close contest, with the victor winning by one goal in all four games.
San Jose looks a little different than they did last year. They traded Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi to Minnesota in exchange for Martin Havlat and Brent Burns. The Sharks are 3-3-0 on the year, and have won two straight games.
Nashville is 3-3-1 and are coming off of a 2-0 win over Calgary. In that game against the Flames, the Predators were outshot 33-14. The Predators have been outshot in every game so far this season.
Help may be on the way for the Predators. Mike Fisher announced on Twitter that he has been cleared to play, and Ryan Porth of smashville247.net reported that Francis Bouillon may also be ready to go against the Sharks.
Both Bouillon and Fisher would be a tremendous help for the Preds. Nashville's defensive pairings have been struggling so far this season, and the forwards aren't getting anywhere near as many shots as they need to be. Bouillon and Fisher could help the Predators improve on those areas of the game.
My player to watch for the Sharks is Martin Havlat. He's a special player when the puck is on his stick, and he loves playing the Predators. Havlat has 35 points in 28 career games against the Predators.
For Nashville, my player to watch is Mike Fisher. If he plays against the Sharks, it will be interesting to see what kind of an impact he has on the game. The Predators really need a healthy Fisher, and it seems like he's finally reached that point.
Posted by Robby Stanley at 11:29 PM