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Rinne returns in goal for Nashville, which has lost six straight games to Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (11-9-4) at HURRICANES (15-9-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes will try to continue their recent success against the Nashville Predators when they play at PNC Arena on Friday.

Carolina is 6-0-0 in its past six games against Nashville and 9-2-3 with one tie at home since the Predators entered the NHL in 1998. Mrazek is 8-0-0 in eight career games against the Predators with a 2.25 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and one shutout.

The Hurricanes are 6-2-0 in their past eight games, but are coming off a 3-2 loss at the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Pekka Rinne is expected to start in goal for the Predators, who are 2-0-1 in their past three games after a six-game winless streak (0-5-1). Rinne has allowed 18 goals in his past four starts (0-4-0); Juuse Saros started each of the past three games.


Players to watch

Predators forward Mikael Granlund has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games against the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has five goals and eight assists during a nine-game point streak.


They said it

"You know right off the bat, and it's probably a reflection of Rod (Brind'Amour), that if you don't work and compete to their level, you will lose the game. It's that simple. So that's the challenge coming in here for our group tonight." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette

"They've had very similar issues. They've had some games where they've outchanced a team almost three to one, and yet they lose the game. I'm sure it's frustrating for (Laviolette), but I think they like where they're at with their game." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Calle Jarnkrok

Daniel Carr -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Austin Watson -- Colton Sissons -- Mathieu Olivier

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Kyle Turris, Yannick Weber

Injured: Viktor Arvidsson (lower body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Clark Bishop -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)


Status report

Turris is expected to be scratched for a sixth straight game. … Haula, who will miss his sixth straight game, has not resumed skating. Bishop was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Friday, when Eetu Luostarinen was sent down.


Stat pack

The Predators are 1-for-17 on the power play in their past six games. ... Hamilton leads NHL defensemen with 10 goals. Teravainen has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and Aho has 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 13 games this month.

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