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Mar 2, 2015
7:00 PM ET
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Rangers host Predators after acquiring Yandle

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 8:50 PM

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

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Rangers host Predators after acquiring Yandle
Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers

PREDATORS (41-15-7) at RANGERS (38-17-6)


Season series: Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal with 7:14 left in the third period for career point No. 700 in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 win against the New York Rangers on Feb. 7. Roman Josi and Shea Weber also scored for the Predators. Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored for the Rangers.

Predators team scope: Although Nashville remains the top team in the NHL with 89 points, its 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday was the first time it dropped two straight regulation games all season. The Predators, who traveled to New York on Sunday, also lost two straight on home ice for the first time. "I think we can and will do better, but [the guys] are playing hard," coach Peter Laviolette told the Predators website. "We will fix those things and be ready." The Predators are 2-3-1 in their past six games, each of which opponents have scored first, but finished 10-4-1 in February. Forward Matt Cullen has a three-game points streak and eight points in his past eight games. Nashville defensemen have scored in 57 of its 63 games.

Rangers team scope: New York acquired defensemen Keith Yandle and Chris Summers, and a fourth-round draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman John Moore, forward prospect Anthony Duclair, a conditional first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in 2015. The Rangers also traded forward Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Carl Klingberg, and a fourth-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for center James Sheppard. Defenseman Dan Girardi (maintenance day) did not practice Sunday after taking a slap shot off his leg Saturday, but is expected to play against Nashville. X-rays given to Girardi were negative, according to Alain Vigneault. Forward Jesper Fast (sprained knee) skated as an extra defenseman. He is close to returning and awaiting medical clearance. Initially the subject of trade rumors, forward Mats Zuccarello is close to signing a multi-year contract, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Zuccarello practiced Sunday in his usual spot to the right of center Derick Brassard and Nash. The Rangers lost in regulation Saturday for the first time in 11 games (7-1-3), ending their five-game road-winning streak.

Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 02 '15 7:00 PM ET at Rangers
Feb 07 '15 NYR 2 at NSH 3 M. Ribeiro
F. Forsberg63213152+172055
M. Ribeiro63124052+124812
R. Josi63113546+192024
S. Weber63152843+206652
C. Wilson59192039+221835
C. Smith63201636+123454
J. Neal57211334+165135
C. Franson6062834-62640
M. Fisher42151833+152561
M. Santorelli62111829+61201
S. Jones6361622+71820
M. Cullen4861319+91401
R. Ellis4151318+112710
C. Jarnkrok586915+41401
M. Ekholm6151015+153611
M. Arcobello408513-71200
E. Nystrom587512+01501
P. Gaustad552911+64701
T. Beck445510-31612
D. Roy261910+0200
G. Bourque50369-11600
V. Bartley33099-12400
O. Jokinen48336+22600
A. Volchenkov42055+41400
V. Stalberg11044+01000
M. Salomaki1101+1000
A. Bitetto7000-1700
R. Clune1000+0000
P. Rinne4835-10-310013872.07.928
C. Hutton156-4-4353742.51.906
M. Mazanec20-1-04472.26.915
R. Nash60372158+222657
D. Brassard59133548+72242
M. St. Louis61182644+51851
D. Stepan47113243+141222
M. Zuccarello59122335+133503
C. Kreider59161733+128473
C. Hagelin61141529+163613
K. Hayes58121729+91811
K. Klein6091625+222504
R. McDonagh5071623+121822
L. Stempniak539918+71801
D. Moore6151318+52002
M. Staal6141216+143800
D. Girardi6121416+81801
D. Boyle448715+121232
J. Miller376814+22121
J. Fast37369+1800
M. Hunwick40088+121000
A. Duclair18167+4400
J. Moore38156+71900
C. Mueller7112-1010
T. Glass48022-136700
M. Kostka7011+1000
R. Malone6000-4400
C. Allen4000-1400
O. Lindberg1000+0000
D. McIlrath1000+0900
H. Lundqvist3925-11-38711192.25.922
C. Talbot2312-6-3556452.51.915
M. Skapski11-0-01251.00.960