The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two.
Game 1: Sharks 5, Predators 2
Game 2: Sharks 3, Predators 2
Game 3: Predators 4, Sharks 1
Game 4: Predators 4, Sharks 3 (3OT)
Game 5: Sharks 5, Predators 1
Game 6: Monday, May 9, Sharks @ Predators (6 p.m.)
*Game 7: Wednesday, May 12, Predators @ Sharks (TBD)
* - if necessary
In their most complete effort of the series, the Sharks cruised past the Predators in Game 5 on Saturday at home, 5-1. Joe Pavelski scored a pair of goals, while the newly configured second line of Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau and Joonas Donskoi combined for two goals and four points at even strength. The win was San Jose’s fourth straight at home in the playoffs, moving it one win away from its first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2011.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks center seems to be hitting his stride at just the right time, and has been San Jose’s best player in the series with a team-leading four goals and seven points. Patrick Marleau added another dimension to the line in Game 5 with his speed, and each scored an even strength goal in San Jose’s impressive performance.
Predators: Mike Fisher. The Nashville center has at least one point in each of the five games of the series, including three goals in the last two games. His line, with James Neal and Colin Wilson, has easily been the Preds’ most consistent trio. Fisher ended Game 5 in triple overtime the last time the teams met at Bridgestone Arena.
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Dainius Zubrus – Nick Spaling – Melker Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Craig Smith
Colin Wilson – Mike Fisher – James Neal
Calle Jarnkrok – Mike Ribeiro – Viktor Arvidsson
Colton Sissons – Paul Gaustad – Miikka Salomaki
Roman Josi – Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis
Anthony Bitetto – Barret Jackman
Goals per game: 3.30
Goals-against per game: 2.40
Power play: 26.3 percent
Penalty kill: 81.3 percent
Goals per game: 2.25
Goals-against per game: 2.92
Power play: 9.1 percent
Penalty kill: 78.6 percent
Odds and ends
*The Sharks are 5-for-17 in the series on the power play. Nashville is 3-for-18.
*San Jose made its first lineup change of the playoffs in Game 5, substituting Dainius Zubrus for Tommy Wingels on the fourth line. Zubrus was a plus-one with six hits in 11:25 of ice time.
*Goaltenders Martin Jones and Pekka Rinne have each allowed 13 goals in the series.
Sharks playoff record when…
The Sharks are 7-3 all-time when leading a series three-games-to-two. They are 5-4 all-time when a series is tied three games apiece.
They are 5-15 in all-time in Game 6’s, including 3-11 on the road.
“I think every game we’re getting a little bit better, getting more contributions, playing better as a team. We’ve got to carry that into Game 6, because they’re not going to roll over. We know that.” – Pete DeBoer