Sharks seek revenge against Predators

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San Jose (15-3-1) at Nashville (9-7-1), 8:00 pm EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators have

done something no other opponent has to the San Jose Sharks -

beat them at home.

Looking for a similar result at the Sommet Center, the Predators

can extend their season-high three-game winning streak against

the Sharks on Monday.

With Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory, the Predators handed the

Sharks their lone home loss of the season. Dan Ellis made 54

saves and survived San Jose's blitzkrieg as it posted a

franchise-record 57 shots in the losing effort.

Ellis made 33 saves in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles

Kings for his third straight victory, improving to 7-7-1 with a

3.02 goals-against average. He has faced 124 shots in the last

three games, turning aside all but eight of them.

Nashville has enjoyed success at home as well, posting a 5-1-0

record at the Sommet Center. However, the Predators are just

4-6-1 on the road.

San Jose's 10-0-1 mark at HP Pavilion is a stark contrast from

its 5-3-0 mark on the road, but it walked away with a 6-5 win in

Chicago on Sunday.

Defenseman Dan Boyle scored two goals, and his 16 points are

second to Nashville's Shea Weber (18) for tops in the NHL for

all blue-liners.

Devin Setoguchi netted what stood to be the game-winner with

4:15 left in the third period Sunday and Milan Michalek

registered his third tally in the last two contests for San

Jose. Setoguchi has 10 goals - one less than his total in 44

games during his rookie campaign last season.

San Jose goaltender Brian Boucher has started the previous five

games in the wake of Evgeni Nabokov's injury. Nabokov, who

injured himself on the final play of a 4-3 shootout win over the

St. Louis Blues on November 6, has not stated when he will

return to the ice.

Boucher is 3-1-1 in his stretch filling in for Nabokov, but has

yielded 14 goals in that span. The 31-year-old is 5-1-1 overall

with two shutouts.



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