Programming note: Sharks-Predators coverage starts tonight at 5:30 pm with Sharks Playoff Central on CSN California. The game is on CNBC.
The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one.
Game 1: Sharks 5, Predators 2
Game 2: Sharks 3, Predators 2
Game 3: Predators 4, Sharks 1
Game 4: Thursday, May 5, Sharks @ Predators (6 p.m.)
Game 5: Saturday, May 7, Predators @ Sharks (7 p.m.)
*Game 6: Monday, May 9, Sharks @ Predators (TBD)
*Game 7: Wednesday, May 12, Predators @ Sharks (TBD)
* - if necessary
Nashville scored a pair of power play goals and killed off all four Sharks advantages in claiming Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, 4-1. Shea Weber had two points, including the game-winning goal and an assist. Patrick Marleau supplied the only goal for San Jose, opening the scoring in the first period before the Preds reeled off four straight.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Joonas Donskoi. The rookie struggled in Game 3, with a high-sticking penalty that led to James Neal’s goal, and a neutral zone turnover that resulted in Shea Weber’s giving the Preds the lead. Donskoi had an assist in Game 1, but has been held off of the scoresheet in the last two. He finished Tuesday night skating on the fourth line.
Predators: Filip Forsberg. Nashville’s leading goal scorer in the regular season finally had an impact in the series, tallying a power play goal and generating nine shot attempts, including four on goal. That snapped a seven-game scoring drought in the playoffs for the 21-year-old.
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Patrick Marleau – Melker Karlsson
Nick Spaling – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
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
Pontus Aberg – Calle Jarnkrok – Viktor Arvidsson
Colton Sissons – Paul Gaustad – Miikka Salomaki
Roman Josi – Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis
Anthony Bitetto – Barret Jackman
Goals per game: 3.13
Goals-against per game: 2.38
Power play: 26.7 percent
Penalty kill: 75.0 percent
Goals per game: 2.20
Goals-against per game: 2.70
Power play: 11.1 percent
Penalty kill: 79.4 percent
Predators: Cody Bass (lower body) is questionable.
Sharks playoff record when…
The Sharks are 8-4 when leading a series two-games-to-one, 10-1 when leading three-games-to-one, and 4-9 when a series is tied at two games apiece.
They are 17-15 all time in Game 4s, including 8-7 on the road.
Odds and ends
*The Sharks have not lost back-to-back games on the road since Dec. 18-20.
*Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi are all tied for the series lead in scoring with four points.
*San Jose is 3-1 both at home and on the road in the playoffs.
*The Sharks are 4-2 when scoring first, and 2-0 when allowing the first goal.
*Partners Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun lead the Sharks in the series with a plus-four rating.
“We’re confident in our five-on-five game. We’ve still got another level to get to, but we’re still in a good spot here. There’s no need to panic.” – Brenden Dillon