Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, December 15th
Game 2: Saturday, January 8th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 15th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 8th

Sharks 2

(15-11-5, 35 pts)

Predators 3

(16-8-6, 38 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 15, 2010

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 02
NSH 0 1 23

C. Wilson (Predators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Lindback (Predators - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .926

S. Kostitsyn (Predators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Sharks-Predators Preview


Anders Lindback continues to impress and has the Nashville Predators on the verge of their longest winning streak of the season.

Trying for a fourth consecutive win, the Predators will look to avoid a third straight loss to the San Jose Sharks when the teams meet at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night.

Two days after stopping 22 shots in a 3-0 win over Florida for his first career shutout, Lindback made 28 saves in a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Monday night.

Lindback is 4-0-1 with a 1.40 goals-against average since taking over for No. 1 goalie Pekka Rinne, who has been out since Dec. 1 with a left knee injury. Rinne is expected back by the end of the month.

"I feel like the whole team is really stable, and we go out every night and do what we have to and work really hard," Lindback said. "I feel like I am pretty good in my positioning and tracking the first pucks. I'm trying not to leave too many bad rebounds out there."

If Lindback is back in net and can blank the Sharks, he will join Columbus' Steve Mason as the only rookies to record three consecutive shutouts since Detroit's Glenn Hall accomplished the feat Dec. 11-18, 1955.

Lindback has played a key role in helping the Predators (15-8-6) kill 43 of their opponents' last 44 power-play opportunities.

Sergei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist Monday to extend his point streak to a season-high six games, and Patric Hornqvist notched his first two-goal game since an 8-5 loss to San Jose on March 11 -- these teams' last meeting.

Nashville lost in overtime following its two previous three-game win streaks this season.

The Predators are 6-0-1 in their last seven, but they dropped three of four to San Jose (15-10-5) last season and are 3-8-1 in the past 12 meetings.

The Sharks begin a three-game road trip after falling to Dallas 3-2 in a shootout on Monday night, as they had only one power-play opportunity for the second time this season.

"Power play's huge," said Derek Joslin, who scored his first NHL goal in 47 games. "It changes the momentum of the game and it's unfortunate we didn't get any more or we didn't get a goal on it, but we just have to look forward to this road trip coming up.

"You score your first NHL goal -- that's something you're going to remember for the rest of your life -- but it's definitely bittersweet in the end because we wanted that win so bad."

Antti Niemi made 29 saves against the Stars and has a 2.13 GAA in six starts this month after entering December with a 3.93 GAA. He went 4-2-0 with a 2.15 GAA and two shutouts versus Nashville in the first round of last season's playoffs while with Chicago.

San Jose's Ryane Clowe has scored three times in the last two games to run his point streak to five games, during which he has four goals and five assists.

Joe Thornton, tied for the team lead with 20 assists, has two goals and 24 assists in 17 games versus Nashville since he joined the Sharks in 2005-06.

Dany Heatley has not scored in a season-high four straight games, but he has seven goals and seven assists in nine career meetings with the Predators.