PREDATORS (14-6-2) at HURRICANES (9-8-4)
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The Nashville Predators will try for their fifth straight win when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday. The Predators are 9-1-0 in their past 10 games following a 2-0 win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for his 45th NHL shutout, passing Miikka Kiprusoff for most by a Finland-born goalie.
The Hurricanes allowed 11 goals in losing back-to-back games, 5-4 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and 6-1 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Carolina will separate its top defense pair of Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, and Klas Dahlbeck is expected in the lineup to take the place of Trevor van Riemsdyk on the third pair.
Players to watch
Predators center Ryan Johansen has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past five games.
Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the past six games.
They said it
"We can find ways to improve, and that's just how it is early in the season. But we're finding ways to win hockey games right now, and that's really all that matters. We'll keep fine-tuning our game and polishing it up and try and work our way to the top of the West and maybe the top of the League." -- Predators center Ryan Johansen following their win against the Blues on Friday
"The [Kyle] Turris trade seems to have given [the Predators] more balance up front. They're very deep down the middle. They're very aggressive in the offensive zone with their defense holding the line and being active in high cycles." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters
Predators projected lineup
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith
Pontus Aberg -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok
Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin -- Anthony Bitetto
Scratched: Cody McLeod, Frederick Gaudreau
Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Scott Hartnell (lower body), Yannick Weber (lower body)
Hurricanes projected lineup
Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams
Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris
Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin -- Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck -- Haydn Fleury
Scratched: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Injured: Lee Stempniak (lower body)
Carolina is 1-2-0 entering the last of its four-game homestand, the lone win a 4-2 victory against the New York Islanders last Sunday.
Forsberg has three goals and seven assists during a seven-game point streak. … Rinne is 6-1-1 in eight games against the Hurricanes. ... Skinner has eight goals in 11 games against the Predators. … Carolina is averaging the fewest penalty minutes per game in the NHL (5:14).