Saturday, February 25, 2012
After San Jose's morning skate on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, Hockey Night in Nashville caught up with the Sharks' Joe Pavelski for a quick chat about tonight's game against Nashville, their nine-game road-trip and trying to stay ahead of Phoenix in the Pacific Division. Here's what he had to say:
HNIN:- It's the eighth game in a nine-game road-trip for you guys tonight. How taxing has the road-trip been?
Pavelski:- There have been stretches but there are no excuses. We've had our time to rest along the way, and we've got to show up with a high-quality game.
HNIN:- Phoenix is right behind you guys in the Pacific Division. How important is it to get a win tonight to maintain the division lead?
Pavelski:- Well, (Nashville) is higher than us so we're trying to look ahead more than look back. It's going to be a good, hard game tonight. They're a good team and they seem to be ready so it's important for us to show up.
HNIN:- What's the biggest thing you see when you prepare for Nashville?
Pavelski:- They're detailed. They've got good defense so those guys can get up, and they like to join. We've got to make sure that we make it hard on them. We've got to finish our checks and put ourselves in position to keep them from jumping up.