PREDATORS (2-0-0) at DEVILS (0-2-0)
TV: FS-TN, MSG+
Season series: The New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators split the two-game series in 2014-15. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 21 saves in a 3-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Feb. 14. Devils goalie Cory Schneider made 33 saves in a 3-1 victory at Prudential Center on March 3.
Predators team scope: The Predators begin the first of a three-game road trip that continues Thursday against the New York Islanders and Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. Rinne has a 0.50 goals-against average and .982 save percentage in two wins for the Predators. Nashville's penalty-kill hasn't allowed a goal eight chances. The team was 18th in the League last season (80.8 percent). "Obviously, we want to stay out of the box," forward Filip Forsberg told The Tennessean. "We're doing a good job right now, but we can't take this many penalties. It's going to hurt us, but the PK is doing a great job and [Rinne's] playing great in net, so can't complain too much."
Devils team scope: Defenseman John Moore is day-to-day after sustaining a bone bruise on his right arm when he attempted to block a shot in the third period of a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He skated on his own Monday and expects to be in the lineup, according to NorthJersey.com. Schneider did not practice on Monday in order to be with his pregnant wife, Jill, who is due to give birth to the couple's first child. A decision on Schneider will be made later Monday or Tuesday, according to coach John Hynes. Keith Kinkaid made 22 saves in the loss to the Capitals. Forward Brian O'Neill made his NHL debut on right wing alongside left wing Lee Stempniak and center Jacob Josefson. Hynes, the Devils first-year coach, is showing patience and tempering expectations after two losses to begin the season. "We haven't done enough yet or played well enough yet to deserve a victory and we have to continue to grow in that area," Hynes told NorthJersey.com. "It really goes through a sequence. First, you learn how to work. Second, you learn how to compete. And then you need to learn how to win."