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Nashville trying to extend five-game point streak; New York looking for first win in six games

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PREDATORS (4-2-1) at RANGERS (1-5-2)

12:30 p.m. ET; SN, MSG, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Nashville Predators will try to keep their winning streak going while the New York Rangers will try to end their losing streak at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The Predators have won two straight and are 4-0-1 since starting the season with back-to-back regulation losses. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday and have allowed three goals in their past four games after allowing 13 in their first three.

The opposite is happening to the Rangers, who have lost five consecutive games (0-3-2), including four at home. They have allowed the first goal of the game five times, each within the first 5:29 of the first period and four times within the first 2:40. 

The Rangers picked up a point in each of their past two games by coming back after trailing by two goals to force overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (5-4 loss) and the New York Islanders on Thursday (4-3 shootout loss).

 

Players to watch

Predators center Colton Sissons has goals in back-to-back games. 

Rangers forward Rick Nash was turned aside on several Grade A chances in the shootout loss to the Islanders, including on a breakaway. He has one goal on 34 shots.

 

They said it

"Like [coach Alain Vigneault] told the group, we have two choices here: to feel sorry for ourselves or go out and really try to make the most of this situation. We get another opportunity [Saturday] to try to get that win." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

"Any time you are losing, inside of the locker room there is usually an attitude in there and meetings and everybody's just a little bit angrier, so we have to be ready for [the Rangers]. They are going to be ready to play some hockey." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Scott Hartnell -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Miikka Salomaki

Kevin Fiala -- Colton Sissons -- Craig Smith

Cody McLeod -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Pontus Aberg, Samuel Girard

Injured: Nick Bonino (lower body), Ryan Ellis (knee)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Rick Nash -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider -- David Desharnais -- J.T. Miller

Jimmy Vesey -- Kevin Hayes -- Jesper Fast

Michael Grabner -- Adam Cracknell -- Pavel Buchnevich

Ryan McDonagh -- Tony DeAngelo

Marc Staal -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Brady Skjei -- Brendan Smith

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec

Scratched: Nick Holden, Steven Kampfer, Paul Carey

Injured: none

 

Status report

Weber practiced Friday and was activated from injured reserve. He missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. ... Bonino was placed on injured reserve. … The Rangers had the same lines and defense pairs in practice Friday as they used in the past two games.

 

Stat pack

The Rangers haven't started a season with one win in their first eight games since 1997-98, when they were 1-3-4. They had four points through eight games (2-6-0) to start the 2013-14 season, Vigneault's first in New York. They went to the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games. 

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