PREDATORS (23-19-7) AT DEVILS (18-24-7)
7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV
John Hynes will coach at Prudential Center for the first time with the Nashville Predators when they play the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Hynes was 150-159-45 in five seasons as Devils coach before being fired Dec. 3. The Predators hired him Jan. 7. Nashville is 4-4-0 with Hynes, including a 5-4 win at the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to start after Juuse Saros made 29 saves against the Capitals.
The Devils won 4-3 in a shootout at the Ottawa Senators on Monday to end a three-game losing streak (0-3-0). Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood will make his second straight start.
Players to watch
Predators forward Filip Forsberg has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past eight games.
Devils center Nico Hischier has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past 13 games.
They said it
"I haven't been back there since everything went down. Yeah, I think it will be a little different. I'm not sure what to expect." -- Predators coach John Hynes
"I'm sure it's going to hit me when I see [Hynes] across the bench. But once the game starts he wants to win the game and we want to win the game. It's going to be a special night and a lot of emotions to start, but once the puck drops it should be OK." -- Devils coach Alain Nasreddine
Predators projected lineup
Matt Duchene -- Ryan Johansen -- Mikael Granlund
Filip Forsberg -- Kyle Turris -- Viktor Arvidsson
Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith
Calle Jarnkrok -- Colin Blackwell -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Dante Fabbro
Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber
Scratched: Yakov Trenin, Matt Irwin
Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body), Colton Sissons (lower body)
Devils projected lineup
Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri
Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev
Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds
Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden
Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban
Damon Severson -- Sami Vatanen
Will Butcher -- Mirco Mueller
Scratched: Connor Carrick
Injured: Ben Street (upper body)
Sissons, a forward who has missed 12 games, skated Wednesday and could return. … Subban participated in the morning skate but is a game-time decision because of an illness.
The Predators are 6-0-3 in their past nine games against the Devils; their last loss in regulation against them was March 3, 2015. ... Duchene has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 18 games against the Devils. ... Josi needs three points for 400 in the NHL. ... Coleman has six goals in his past seven games.