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Nashville eyes second straight win on road trip; New York is 12-0-1 in past 13 home games

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PREDATORS (15-12-5) at ISLANDERS (22-7-2)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will try to extend their home point streak to 14 games when they play the Nashville Predators at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday.

New York has won its past eight games at Nassau Coliseum and is 12-0-1 during the streak. The Islanders are 13-2-1 at home this season.

It's the second of a back-to-back for the Predators, who won 5-2 at the New York Rangers on Monday to begin a four-game road trip. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette has 633 NHL wins and can tie Darryl Sutter for 16th on the all-time list with a victory Tuesday.

 

Players to watch

Predators defenseman Roman Josi had two goals and an assist Monday. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.

Islanders forward Jordan Eberle has one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak.

 

They said it

"They're a fast team and they've got a lot of grind in their game. They're pretty hot right now, so it's going to be a tough game." -- Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi on the Islanders

"I think we just enjoy playing here. Obviously, it's nice playing in front of your home fans. I think the schedule we've had as of late, there's been a lot of travel. I think we were all pretty hungry to get that last one at home (3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday). We've got to keep that going here tonight." -- Islanders forward Josh Bailey on success at home

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Calle Jarnkrok

Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene -- Colton Sissons

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Yakov Trenin -- Colin Blackwell -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Dan Hamhuis -- Dante Fabbro

Mattias Ekholm -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin

Injured: Viktor Arvidsson (lower body), Mikael Granlund (lower body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Ross Johnston -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anders Lee -- Derick Brassard -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Noah Dobson, Tom Kuhnhackl

Injured: Michael Dal Colle (upper body)

 

Status report

The Predators did not hold a morning skate. Arvidsson, who has been out with a lower-body injury since Nov. 23, is on the trip and skated on Monday. … Leddy, who has missed three straight games with a lower-body injury, participated in the morning skate and will play. Dal Colle, who was injured against the Sabres on Saturday, also skated but will not play. He is day to day.

 

Stat pack

It's Nashville's first visit to Nassau Coliseum since Feb. 19, 2015. The Predators are 5-1-1 in their past seven games against the Islanders and have won three straight. … New York is 19-0-1 this season when it scores at least three goals (including shootout) and 57-2-3 under coach Barry Trotz.

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