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Mar 2, 2015
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Rangers' Yandle to make debut against Predators

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:44 PM

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

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Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers

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


NEW YORK -- The Nashville Predators will look to end a rare two-game losing streak when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The Predators, who lead the NHL with 89 points, are coming off back-to-back regulation losses for the first time this season against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. The Predators have lost two straight games three other times this season but one or both of the losses occurred in overtime or shootout.

"It's something you talk about all the time; great teams don't lose two in a row," Predators forward James Neal said. "That's something we put a lot of emphasis on. If we have a bad game we've been really good at bouncing back and obviously we lost a tough one against Detroit in our building and we've been really good at home. It'll be another great test against the Rangers."

The Predators and Rangers were active prior to the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

On Feb. 15 the Predators traded forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen, plus a 2015 first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli. In five games since the trade Franson has two assists; Santorelli is looking for his first point as a member of the Predators.

"I do think there's a little bit of an adjustment period [for Franson and Santorelli]," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "The snow storm didn't help because even though [the trade] was two weeks ago we've only seen them for a week because they weren't around because of the weather. They're finding their way."

Santorelli did score a shootout goal in a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 22.

"I feel like I've been getting chances but just haven't been able to find the back of the net," Santorelli said. "I just want to keep going out there and work hard. I like [Laviolette's] up-tempo system; I like that style of hockey."

The Rangers, who are 8-1-1 in the past 10 games and trail the first-place New York Islanders by two points in the Metropolitan Division with three games in hand, did not conduct a morning skate following a flurry of trades by general manager Glen Sather on Sunday.

In a span of a few hours the Rangers made three trades. The biggest was the acquisition of defensemen Keith Yandle and Chris Summers as well as a fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft from the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman John Moore, forward prospect Anthony Duclair, a second-round pick in 2015 and a conditional first-round pick in 2016.

The Rangers also traded forward Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Carl Klingberg and sent a 2016 fourth-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for forward James Sheppard.

Here are the projected line combinations:


Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - James Neal

Craig Smith - Mike Fisher - Matt Cullen

Colin Wilson - Calle Jarnkrok - Mike Santorelli

Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Gabriel Bourque

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Mattias Ekholm - Cody Franson

Seth Jones - Victor Bartley

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Taylor Beck

Injured: Ryan Ellis (lower body), Anton Volchenkov (lower body)


Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Martin St. Louis

Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - J.T. Miller

Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - James Sheppard

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Keith Yandle - Kevin Klein

Marc Staal - Dan Boyle

Cam Talbot

Mackenzie Skapski

Scratched: Matt Hunwick

Injured: Henrik Lundqvist (neck), Jesper Fast (knee)

Status report: Talbot is expected to make his fifth straight start and 13th in the past 14 games since Lundqvist was diagnosed with a vascular injury to his neck. … Rinne, 1-3-1 in his past five games, likely will make his fourth straight start. … Yandle and Sheppard are each expected to make their debut for the Rangers.

Who's hot: Ribeiro has one goal and seven points in the past eight games. … Hayes has a goal in five of the past 10 games and has five goals and six assists in the past 12 games.


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