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Mar 3, 2015
7:00 PM ET
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Predators look to end losing streak, visit Devils

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:34 PM

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

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Predators look to end losing streak, visit Devils
Nashville Predators vs. New Jersey Devils

PREDATORS (41-16-7) at DEVILS (26-27-10)


Season series: The Nashville Predators defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Feb. 14 in Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 21 saves and Craig Smith had a goal and an assist. Cory Schneider made 35 saves for the Devils.

Predators team scope: Nashville will complete its two-game Eastern Conference road swing on Tuesday before beginning a two-game homestand against the New York Islanders on Thursday. "It will be good to see some of the character come through [on Tuesday] in order to get out of this [three-game losing streak]," forward Mike Ribeiro said. "We need to keep believing in what we're doing here and pay attention to the details of the game, special teams. It's just the small details that are hurting us right now; [Tuesday] is a big game for us." Nashville, which leads the NHL with 89 points, but has lost three straight games for the first time this season following a 4-1 loss against the New York Rangers on Monday. Forward Mike Santorelli, who was acquired on Feb. 15 in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, got an assist on Nashville's goal by Matt Cullen to get his first point in six games with Nashville.

Devils team scope: New Jersey traded defenseman Marek Zidlicky to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. "I don't know what more Marek could have given us," General manager Lou Lamoriello said on a conference call after the trade. "He was a warrior. He brings intensity each and every night. Played every night and played hard. Took 19, 20 minutes a night, in power-play, in 5-on-5 situations." Lamoriello told that several other players could have been traded if he chose to completely give up on the season. He said that in some instances, the trade partner was not interested in finalizing a deal. The Devils are coming off a 2-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday; Schneider earned his fourth shutout making 33 saves. Tuesday begins a three-game homestand; New Jersey will host the Blue Jackets on Friday and Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 03 '15 7:00 PM ET at Devils
Feb 14 '15 NJD 1 at NSH 3 C. Wilson
F. Forsberg64213152+142055
M. Ribeiro64124052+114812
R. Josi64113546+162024
S. Weber64152843+166652
C. Wilson60192039+221835
C. Smith64201636+103454
J. Neal58211334+155135
C. Franson6162834-62640
M. Fisher43151833+122561
M. Santorelli63111930+61201
S. Jones6461622+71820
M. Cullen4971320+91601
R. Ellis4151318+112710
C. Jarnkrok586915+41401
M. Ekholm6251015+153611
M. Arcobello408513-71200
E. Nystrom597512+01501
T. Beck455611-31612
P. Gaustad562911+64701
D. Roy261910+0200
G. Bourque51369-11600
V. Bartley34099+02400
O. Jokinen48336+22600
A. Volchenkov42055+41400
V. Stalberg11044+01000
M. Salomaki1101+1000
A. Bitetto7000-1700
R. Clune1000+0000
P. Rinne4935-11-310314262.10.928
C. Hutton156-4-4353742.51.906
M. Mazanec20-1-04472.26.915
M. Cammalleri51231033+42488
A. Henrique56122032-11643
J. Jagr57111829-104223
P. Elias53101626-13831
S. Gomez3951823-9601
M. Zidlicky6341923-74230
T. Zajac55101020-42340
S. Bernier4810818+1631
M. Ryder4461218-23000
A. Larsson4521618+32401
M. Havlat385914-121031
A. Greene6321214+51401
E. Gelinas434913-22810
J. Merrill4921113-82020
D. Severson324812-41600
T. Ruutu597411-12400
J. Tootoo496410+46101
S. Gionta45358+6600
J. Josefson43347+31200
D. Zubrus55257-63601
D. Brunner17257-1800
R. Clowe13134-1400
P. Harrold32213-10400
S. Helgeson21022+31600
M. Fraser16022+13500
T. Sestito15022-13300
B. Salvador15022-52000
J. Whitney4101-1000
M. Sislo10011-2200
R. Boucher4000+0000
C. Schneider5523-23-611515852.19.927
K. Kinkaid123-4-3242832.59.915
S. Clemmensen30-0-18544.71.852