The Nashville Predators are following a familiar early season path, trying to learn what kind of team they are. It has been hard to tell to this point since there have been so many regulars absent from the lineup.
The hope is that Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon will return tonight or later this week to bring a stabilizing veteran presence to the youthful line-up. Both will be trying to catch the proverbial "moving train" that Barry Trotz likes to discuss but it has to start somewhere.
The Sharks always have an exciting team and added Brent Burns, Martin Havlat, and Michal Handzus to their already powerful line-up.
Puck drop will be shortly after 7 p.m. CDT and the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee. Discount tickets are still available by going here and using the offer code Preds.
Here is our preview for tonight's game from earlier today.
Other previews come from Amanda DiPaolo, Ryan Porth, Robby Stanley, Lady Preds, The Tennessean, and Preds.com.
For all the news from San Jose, check out Mercury News, David Pollak, SF Gate, Fear the Fin, Chat Sharks, SharksPage, Battle of California, The Chum Bucket, Blades of Teal, Couch Tart, and Dudes On Hockey.
If you are in San Jose, the official viewing party will be at the El Toro Brewing Company.
Here are the game notes from NHL Media Services for tonight's contest.
Make the jump for all of today's news and links...
In Pred Nation...
Ryan Porth has plenty from yesterday's practice with news on Jon Blum and Patric Hornqvist as well as Frankie Bouillon. He also looks at what the team is trying to do to generate more shots.
David Boclair talked to Mike Fisher about his long road to recovery.
Bryan Mullen looks at the week ahead for the Preds and has the lines from Monday's workout.
Mike Organ explains that the Preds are seeking more confidence on offense.
Preds.com has the week ahead with all the goings on in this three game home-stand. The Predators also announced a special meet and greet with Mike Fisher (# 12) for fans purchasing a 12 game Flex Pack before November 1st.
J.R. Lind reports on Preds co-owner Herb Fritch making a premium on the sale of the HealthSpring company that he founded. He also writes about the genius of David Poile.
Ex-official Kerry Fraser explains why the Flames goal against the Preds was waived off on Saturday.
Around the NHL...
Sadly, the fate of the University of Alabama-Huntsville hockey program was officially revealed yesterday and the team will no longer play at the top NCAA level.
Chris Pronger will miss at least 2-3 weeks after he was caught in the eye with a stick early in the Flyers' 4-2 win against Toronto. Jaromir Jagr scored his first and second goal as a Flyer and gave the crowd his normal salute.
Jacob Markstrom is making a statement for the number one goalie slot in Florida and had a 40 save performance in a 2-1 win over the Habs on Monday.
The NHL's Three Stars of the Week was a no-brainer with Jonathan Quick taking first star honors with three shutouts. Jason Spezza and Tomas Vokoun received the other stars.
Even with the great start that he has had, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may still be headed back to juniors.
Ryan Porth has his weekly power rankings.
In a great series, the mayor of LA has everything Drew Doughty has learned this year.
The week can't get off to a good start without Elliotte Friedman's thirty thoughts.
One of the better prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Alex Galchenyuk, will have season-ending knee surgery this week. That always makes a player more interesting to access at the draft.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are the Dud of the Week at PHT. Patric Hornqvist is a distant second.
It looks like Tom Gaglardi is the only bidder in Dallas and may eventually own the team.
NBC Sports is packing up and headed to Connecticut.
Russ Cohen puts out the call for Nick Fotiu to be included into the Winter Classic Legends Game.
Alex Ovechkin met his match at Madame Tussauds.
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