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Forsberg game-time decision for Nashville; Kuemper eyeing Arizona goaltending record

by Alan Robinson / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (4-2-0) at COYOTES (2-2-1)

10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Filip Forsberg is a game-time decision for the Nashville Predators, who will try for their fourth win in five games when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Forsberg did not take part in the morning skate. The forward sat out the final 9:02 of a 5-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday because of a lower-body injury. He scored in the second period to extend his point streak to six games (five goals, three assists), tying Marek Zidlicky in 2003-04 for the longest streak by a Predators player to start a season.

Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper will try to set a Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets record by allowing two goals or fewer in his 12th consecutive start. He's tied with Nikolai Khabibulin (Oct. 15-Nov. 28, 1998) with 11 straight. Arizona has won two of three (2-0-1) since losing its first two games of the season.

 

Players to watch

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.

Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz has a three-game goal streak and five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games.

 

They said it

"We can score three goals in a minute if that's what's needed, but I really feel like if we can keep their scoring and their scoring chances to a lower number we have a greater chance to win the game and that's got to be the focus." -- Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm

"They've got some high-end shooters. Their lines are balanced and they're scoring a lot of goals. It's a big challenge." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

 

Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Rocco Grimaldi -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Matt Irwin

Injured: None

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Conor Garland -- Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer

Michael Grabner - - Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Kyle Capobianco -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Ilya Lyubushkin, Barrett Hayton, Eric Comrie

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)

 

Status report

Raanta, who has played one game since sustaining a season-ending lower-body injury Nov. 27, 2018, could start against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

 

Stat pack

Saros is 0-2-0 and has allowed 10 goals in two games this season. … Grabner will play in his 600th NHL game.

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