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.