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Preds eye first loss for Sharks

If the Nashville Predators win Saturday at the San Jose Sharks, this would guarantee a .500 roadtrip. After the Predators’ 4-0 loss at Phoenix on Monday, this seemed almost improbable. But Nashville is currently 2-2-1 on their seven-game 15-day swing that has seen some ups and many downs. But in the end, it’s all about wins and losses, and on the road, it’s all about being around .500.Edit

The Sharks have started the year red-hot at 7-0-0. They’re the only undefeated team left in the NHL and boast a plus-17 goal differential.Edit

“When I heard they won again last night, I said, ‘well, there’s no better time for us to get a first win against them,’” forward Mike Fisher said. “I think it would cap off a good roadtrip. We know it’s going to be tough. This building is tough to play in. They play real well at home and it’s going to be a big, big challenge.”Edit

The Sharks have shown some signs of weakening. They won their last two games in shootouts — which is basically a coin flip.Edit

Still, San Jose  boasts three of the top five scorers in the NHL in Patrick Marleau (second), Joe Thornton (third) and Joe Pavelski (fifth). Logan Couture ranks ninth.Edit

“They have a lot of talent and structure,” coach Barry Trotz said. “They got off to a great start. They’re deep in almost every position.”Edit

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