HURRICANES (2-4-3) at PREDATORS (3-5-2)
8 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-TN, NHL.TV
Hurricanes team scope
The Carolina Hurricanes will play their first game of a back-to-back set against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. They will host the New Jersey Devils at PNC Arena on Sunday. Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, who has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in eight games, will be on a line with Victor Rask and Lee Stempniak against the Predators, and credits his linemates for his early-season offensive success. "I think [Rask] and I have played together for a while now," Skinner said. "[Stempniak] has done a good job of coming in this year and being a good right winger. It's been fun playing with those two guys. They're obviously two guys that can make a difference in a game, and it's fun when you can sort of read off those types of guys because they're really smart and they can make plays out there. I just try and get open and sort of read off of them."
Predators team scope
The Predators are returning from a five-game road trip where they went 1-2-2. They have struggled to score goals consistently, and some of their top offensive players have gotten off to slow starts. Forwards Ryan Johansen and James Neal each have one goal through 10 games, and forward Filip Forsberg has yet to score a goal despite leading the team in points with seven assists. "These things happen for everyone," Forsberg said. "Obviously it's the start of the year, you want to get off the mark. It's different now, obviously. It gets more frustrating now because you haven't been able to find success as a team. If we would have won all 10 games, I probably wouldn't care, but now obviously I want to contribute and help the team win games."
Hurricanes projected lineup
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Lee Stempniak
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Sebastian Aho - Elias Lindholm - Teuvo Teravainen
Viktor Stalberg - Jay McClement - Phillip Di Giuseppe
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Ryan Murphy
Scratched: Bryan Bickell, Klas Dahlbeck, Jakub Nakladal
Predators projected lineup
Viktor Arvidsson - Ryan Johansen - James Neal
Colin Wilson - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith
Filip Forsberg - Calle Jarnkrok - Kevin Fiala
Cody Bass - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber
Scratched: Matt Carle, Harry Zolnierczyk
Injured: Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Mike Fisher (upper body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)
Hurricanes coach Bill Peters confirmed Ward will start in goal. … Fisher did not participate in the morning skate. He's listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. … Rinne is expected to start for the Predators.
Skinner has four goals and four assists in his past five games. … Smith leads the Predators with five goals, including three in his past two games.