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Saturday, December 14th (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (20-6-6) at Nashville Predators (15-14-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators both look to keep their struggling power plays on track Saturday night as the two clubs do battle at Bridgestone Arena.

The Sharks snapped a four-game slide on Thursday with a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, getting all three goals on the power play.

San Jose had gone 2-for-22 on the man advantage over its previous six games, but matched that total in the first with goals by Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl. Pavelski added a second power-play goal later in the game and Joe Thornton had two assists.

Antti Niemi did his part with 29 saves, the lone blemish coming with 7:24 to go in regulation when a shot hit off the chest of teammate Brad Stuart.

"Even 3-0 is not safe," Niemi said. "We had to stay on our toes, get some offense, and play hard on both ends."

The Predators had been in similar drought on the power play before a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday, when Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand scored during the first period on the man advantage.

Shea Weber assisted on both tallies as Nashville's power play found some traction after going 0-for-16 over the previous six games.

"The last six or seven games, it's been a little bit dry in terms of the goal production," Predators head coach Barry Trotz said of the power play. "That was a real big turning point for us. It gave us a lot of confidence at home."

Paul Gaustad added a goal and Carter Hutton made 33 saves in his second straight start. He finished with 28 stops in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday that halted a five-game slide, with the first four defeats of that skid coming at home.

Prior to this stretch, Hutton hadn't started a game since Nov. 10, with Marek Mazanec having taken over the bulk of the work from the injured Pekka Rinne (hip).

Neither Hutton or Mazanec have ever faced the Sharks, while Niemi has gone 6-3-3 with a 2.08 goals against average in 12 starts versus the Predators.

Nashville has won four of the past six meetings (4-1-1) with San Jose, including two straight on home ice.

12/14 10:25:44 ET

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Chicago01st Prd 5:35 | Box
St. Louis1@theRink | TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
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Columbus 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, RDS
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Colorado NBCSN, TSN, Altitude
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
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9th
WAS 2
STL 4
 
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CLE 0
TOR 5
 
8th
DET 4
ANA 1
 
7th
BOS 2
BAL 2
 
5th
KAN 5
MIN 2
 
4th
CHC 3
CIN 0
 
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HOU
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BRK 94
 
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LAC 12
GSW 1
 
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ATL
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MEM
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STL 1
CHI 0
 
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MIN
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