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Most of the Nashville Predators didn't participate in an optional team skate yesterday.

Instead, they attended meetings and rested up in their hotel after a tough night at the Shark Tank.

Across town, the San Jose Sharks held a full practice at their training complex. After taking charge of Game 3 with physical punishment and a frenetic pace, the Sharks were determined to keep their edge while the Predators gathered themselves for another attack in a playoff series that's been every bit as good as these opponents' records.

"I want to make sure our guys understand there's a lot of work ahead of us," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said one day after his club outshot Nashville 41-20 in a 3-1 victory.

The Sharks host Nashville in Game 4 tonight with a 2-1 lead before the clubs return to Tennessee. With a 13,114-km trip involved with every game from here on out, Nashville coach Barry Trotz wanted to conserve his club's energy after the Predators' sixth straight road playoff loss.

"We didn't skate the way we could," Trotz said. "We stood around and watched more than participated and that's the essence of where it stands."

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