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Nashville, Dallas each set to play first NHL outdoor game in Winter Classic

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (18-14-6) at STARS (22-14-4)

2 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS


The Game

The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will each play in their first NHL outdoor game when they meet in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Wednesday.

Dallas has won two straight games, including scoring four goals in the third period to rally for a 4-2 victory at the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The Stars defeated the Predators 4-1 in their only previous meeting this season on Dec. 14.

Nashville is coming off consecutive losses in a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins after going 4-0-1 in its previous five games.


Players to watch

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in a seven-game point streak.

Stars forward Alexander Radulov has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in an eight-game point streak.


They said it

"Just a business-like mentality. There's so much going into this and behind the scenes, but at the end of the day, we came here to win a hockey game. Hopefully we have a little bit of time with our families, get ready to regroup, and put on a good performance." -- Predators defenseman Dante Fabbro

"I don't think I can fully imagine it. When you first step out there, you try to imagine 80,000 people cheering and yelling. We're looking up and the stands are higher than I've ever seen them for a hockey game. It's going to be unbelievable to actually be down there and feel the excitement and emotion that's in the stadium." -- Stars forward Jason Dickinson


Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Colin Blackwell -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Yannick Weber, Jarred Tinordi, Yakov Trenin

Injured: Colton Sissons (lower body)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Denis Gurianov -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)


Status report

Hamhuis is expected to play after missing the Predators last game because of an upper-body injury. … Gurianov played on a line with Hintz and Pavelski at practice Tuesday while Janmark moved to a line with Dickinson and Perry.


Stat pack

Josi has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 33 games against the Stars. … Benn has 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 43 games against the Predators. … Seguin has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past eight games.

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