HURRICANES (33-21-4) at PREDATORS (29-22-7)
8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-TN, FS-CR, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Matt Irwin, Colin Blackwell
Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body)
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.
Teravainen has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past nine games. ... Josi has six assists in his past six games.