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Nashville goes for fourth consecutive win; Carolina 6-3-1 in past 10 games

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (33-21-4) at PREDATORS (29-22-7)

8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-TN, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Nashville Predators will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

A four-game winning streak would tie the Predators' longest of the season. They won four in a row from Oct. 22-29.

Nashville is three points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

The Hurricanes are 6-3-1 in their past 10 games and one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card from the East. Center Sebastian Aho has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in a nine-game point streak.

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a seven-game point streak.

Predators forward Craig Smith has scored six goals in his past five games.

 

They said it

"We're checking the standings every day, seeing teams in our own division win or lose. We're definitely keeping track of that, but at the end of the day we're just worried about what's going on in our dressing room and going out there and getting the two points every night. It's fun hockey, and it's going to be a grind for the last month and a half." -- Hurricanes defenseman Joel Edmundson

"I've said it so many times, it's been a really strange year. It just felt like when one thing is good something else isn't. It's almost like you plug one hole and the other one bursts open. But I mean there's years like that. There's other teams having years like that in this league, other players having years like that. It's all about how you move forward. I think we've done a good job lately of just being focused and knowing that it doesn't matter what's behind, it's about what's in front of us." -- Predators center Matt Duchene

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Nino Niederreiter -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Joel Edmundson

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: None

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (fractured leg), Jordan Martinook (upper body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Mikael Granlund -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Kyle Turris

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Calle Jarnkrok -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber

Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm

Dan Hamhuis -- Dante Fabbro

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Colin Blackwell

Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body)

 

Status report

The Hurricanes traded forward Julien Gauthier to the New York Rangers for defenseman Joey Keane on Tuesday. ... Ellis participated in the morning skate on a pair with Irwin, but the defenseman isn't expected to play.

 

Stat pack

Teravainen has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past nine games. ... Josi has six assists in his past six games.

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