Nashville Predators

Martin Jones will be key if the Sharks make their first-ever Stanley Cup finals. (Ben Margot/AP)

Playoff redemption awaits winner of Sharks-Blues series

SAN JOSE — One of the playoff-success challenged franchises in St. Louis…

 

Joel Ward, left, celebrates after scoring past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne in the first period of Game 7 on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks advance to west finals

SAN JOSE — Captain Joe Pavelski and the rest of San Jose’s…

 

The San Jose Sharks have struggled at home all season. If they don’t win today in San Jose, their 2015-16 campaign will be over. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks must complete difficult task of winning at home

SAN JOSE — All season long the San Jose Sharks faced questions…

 

Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38), of Sweden, scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during overtime in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Monday, May 9, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won in overtime 4-3 to tie the series 3-3. Also defending for the Sharks is Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44). (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Predators force another Game 7 by beating Sharks 4-3 in OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Viktor Arvidsson's first playoff goal of his young career…

Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (38), of Sweden, scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during overtime in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Monday, May 9, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won in overtime 4-3 to tie the series 3-3. Also defending for the Sharks is Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44). (Mark Humphrey/AP)
Joe Pavelski celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators during the second period of Game 5on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks secure 3-2 series lead

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski scored two goals and the San Jose…

Joe Pavelski celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators during the second period of Game 5on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic defends Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) during Game 4. Vlasic is no stranger to putting his body on the line against a speeding slapshot. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

NHL defenders put team above human nature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The only good thing about taking a puck to…

Marc-Edouard Vlasic defends Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) during Game 4. Vlasic is no stranger to putting his body on the line against a speeding slapshot. (Mark Zaleski/AP)
James Neal celebrates with Colin Wilson after scoring a goal to send their game against the Jose Sharks to overtime. Nashville went on to win in triple-overtime. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

Sharks end up on the wrong side of triple-OT thriller

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Fisher scored his second goal at 11:12 of…

James Neal celebrates with Colin Wilson after scoring a goal to send their game against the Jose Sharks to overtime. Nashville went on to win in triple-overtime. (Mark Zaleski/AP)
The Sharks haven’t lost back-to-back games since 2015. If that trend continues, they’ll return home with a 3-1 series lead over the Predators. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

Sharks aim to maintain road magic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NHL’s best road team is coming off its…

The Sharks haven’t lost back-to-back games since 2015. If that trend continues, they’ll return home with a 3-1 series lead over the Predators. (Mark Zaleski/AP)
Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) and San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) battle for the puck during the Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Tuesday. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Predators beat Sharks 4-1, pull within 2-1 in series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Shea Weber scored the go-ahead goal and had an…

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) and San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) battle for the puck during the Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Tuesday. (Mark Humphrey/AP)
Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne during the third period of Game 2 on Sunday. (Tony Avelar/AP)

From ‘Little Joe’ to ‘Big Pavelski’

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski's transformation as an NHL player can be…

Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne during the third period of Game 2 on Sunday. (Tony Avelar/AP)
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) scores a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period  Sunday San Jose. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Pavelski’s late goal gives Sharks 3-2 win over Predators

SAN JOSE — The Nashville Predators frustrated Joe Pavelski and San Jose's…

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) scores a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period  Sunday San Jose. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Joel Ward (42) celebrates after scoring against the Nashville Predators in the third period of Game 1 on Friday. San Jose won 5-2. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks fall behind early, dominate late, take 1-0 series lead

SAN JOSE — Since early in his career in Nashville, the playoffs…

Joel Ward (42) celebrates after scoring against the Nashville Predators in the third period of Game 1 on Friday. San Jose won 5-2. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Chip Kelly sure does love former Oregon players. And Trent Baalke can't help himself from trading up for a guy with little demand. Seems the 49ers' new union is off to a great start. (Ben Margot/AP)

Under Kelly, Baalke, Niners’ draft gets stranger by the pick

Just when you thought the 49ers’ draft days couldn’t get any any…

Chip Kelly sure does love former Oregon players. And Trent Baalke can't help himself from trading up for a guy with little demand. Seems the 49ers' new union is off to a great start. (Ben Margot/AP)
The Sharks have been awaiting an opponent for days. Will they be able to regain their momentum against the Predators? (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Sharks, Predators to find out which wins: Rest or rhythm

SAN JOSE — Since the San Jose Sharks last played a game,…

The Sharks have been awaiting an opponent for days. Will they be able to regain their momentum against the Predators? (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Melker Karlsson, right, celebrates with center Patrick Marleau before eliminating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Friday. The Sharks must await their next opponent, either the Nashville Predators or Anaheim Ducks. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Sharks forced to play waiting game after eliminating Kings

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks are happy to wait a…

Melker Karlsson, right, celebrates with center Patrick Marleau before eliminating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Friday. The Sharks must await their next opponent, either the Nashville Predators or Anaheim Ducks. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APSharks goalie Antti Niemi stops a shot from the Predators' Paul Gaustad in a shutout win.

Niemi leads Sharks past Predators 2-0

SAN JOSE — Antti Niemi made 35 saves to shut out Nashville…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APSharks goalie Antti Niemi stops a shot from the Predators' Paul Gaustad in a shutout win.
Mark Humphrey/APSharks goalie Alex Stalock (32) is unable to make a save against the Predators' Craig Smith.

Sharks' slide continues in loss to Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne made a season-high 42 saves, and the…

Mark Humphrey/APSharks goalie Alex Stalock (32) is unable to make a save against the Predators' Craig Smith.
Gary Wiepert/AP file photoThe Sharks added left winger John Scott (32)  on Wednesday on a one-year

Predators hold off Sharks 3-2

Mattias Ekholm’s first NHL goal proved to be the game winner as…

Gary Wiepert/AP file photoThe Sharks added left winger John Scott (32)  on Wednesday on a one-year