Archive for February 25, 2012
On Saturday night, the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 in front of a sold out crowd at Bridgestone Arena. The win makes Nashville 9-0-2 in their last 11 home games.
The Predators were looking for better starts to their games and they got one as Nashville went ahead 2-0 less than 4 minutes into the game. The Predators scored on their first two shots on goal as Colin Wilson opened the scoring just 2:03 into the period.
“It was nice to start with the lead and play with it all night. Pekka [Rinne] stood strong in the third. We didn’t have many shots. We have to do better than that. Every game there is something you can do better at. We need to look at that every game and move forward,” Legwand said.
Wilson’s goal, his 14th of the season, was the result of a 2-on-1 with Jordin Tootoo.
Predators Captain Shea Weber made it 2-0 when he beat Antti Niemi 1:20 later.
Head Coach Barry Trotz said the Predators learned from their previous sluggish starts. “We talked about last game. You always wonder if you learned any lessons. Hopefully we learned a little bit of a lesson there. We know that Phoenix won this afternoon. [San Jose] went from first in the division to seventh. They’re looking to try and catch us, so this really became a big four-point game,” he said.
San Jose Sharks 32-20-7
Nashville Predators 35-19-7
When the Nashville Predators host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, they will do so without Jerred Smithson. Smithson was traded to the Florida Panthers on Friday night for a sixth-round draft pick.
Smithson played in 497 regular-season games for the Predators between 2005-2012. He also scored Nashville’s first ever post-season overtime goal in game five between the Predators and the Anaheim Ducks last year.
The move could be to clear roster space for another addition up-front before Monday’s trade deadline. Both Nashville and Saturday night’s opponents could be viewed as looking to add to the roster and neither the Sharks nor the Predators have the most impressive records in their last 10 contests. With a 4-3-3 record, the Predators are four points behind St. Louis for the coveted fourth spot in the Western Conference standings, and nine points back of Detroit for tops in the Central Division.