Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
Game 2: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 3: Wednesday, November 2nd
Game 4: Saturday, March 11th

Sharks 1

(3-5-1, 7 pts)

Predators 2

(7-0-0, 14 pts)

8:00 PM ET, October 22, 2005

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 01
NSH 0 1 12

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

T. Vokoun (Predators - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: .974

V. Toskala (Sharks - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .933

San Jose (3-4-1) at Nashville (6-0-0) 8:00 pm EDT

San Jose (3-4-1) at Nashville (6-0-0) 8:00 pm EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Tomas Vokoun and the Nashville Predators hope to extend their season-opening six-game winning streak when they host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Vokoun stopped both shots he faced in Thursday's shootout as the Predators edged the St. Louis Blues, 3-2.

Nashville, which is off to its best start in franchise history, trailed by one early in the third period before Jeremy Stevenson scored his first goal of the season with 17 minutes remaining to forge a tie.

The Predators can attribute much of their early success to their superb special teams play. Nashville has converted over 20 percent of its power-play opportunities while killing off 30-of-34 penalties - the fourth-best mark in the NHL.

The Sharks hope to snap a three-game skid. Jason Chimera tallied twice and Marc Denis stopped 25 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets skated to an easy 4-1 victory over San Jose on Friday.

If the Sharks want to knock off the undefeated Predators, they will have to do it without starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

After saving 9-of-10 shots against the Blue Jackets on Friday, Nabokov was forced to leave the game with upper body stiffness. He is not expected to play Saturday.