PREDATORS (6-6-3) at SENATORS (10-5-1)
7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-TN, NHL.TV
Predators team scope
The Nashville Predators are 1-5-2 on the road and coming off a 6-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. "We looked at it. We tried to get better from it," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "Now we're moving past it, but there's things we've got to do better on the road in order to be successful that we didn't do. The good news is hopefully we've addressed it. We've got to figure that out pretty quick." Laviolette said there was no consistent cause of the Predators' struggles on the road. Goaltender Pekka Rinne, who missed the game against the Maple Leafs because of a lower-body injury, will be a game-time decision. Backup Marek Mazanec is 0-2-0 with a 5.45 goals-against average and .809 save percentage. Right wing James Neal has six goals and an assist in the past five games; his next assist will be the 200th of his NHL career. Left wing Filip Forsberg has a goal and three assists in his past four games after having seven assists in the previous 11 games. The Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 at home on Nov. 8. Nashville has won five of its past six games against Ottawa.
Senators team scope
Goaltender Mike Condon will start for the Senators, who have points in their past four games (3-0-1). Coach Guy Boucher said No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson will be with the Senators more often than originally thought when it was announced his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer Oct. 29. Boucher is managing Anderson's playing time as if he will be available to play full-time. Condon is 2-0-0 with a 0.41 GAA and .985 save percentage since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 2 for a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He has stopped 58 of 59 shots. The Senators have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their past 10 games; their power play is 0-for-14 in their past five games and 1-for-26 in their past nine. Center Derick Brassard scored on opening night and has not scored since (15 games). Captain Erik Karlsson needs one point to reach 400 in his NHL career.
Predators projected lineup
Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- James Neal
Colin Wilson -- Mike Ribeiro -- Craig Smith
Filip Forsberg -- Mike Fisher -- Calle Jarnkrok
Cody Bass -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber
Scratched: Matt Carle, Pontus Aberg.
Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body), Anthony Bitetto (upper body).
Senators projected lineup
Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan
Derick Brassard -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Mark Stone
Zack Smith -- Chris Kelly -- Tom Pyatt
Matt Puempel -- Max McCormick -- Chris Neil
Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki -- Fredrik Claesson
Scratched: Craig Anderson
Injured: Mike Hoffman (undisclosed), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)
Hoffman is day to day after being injured against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. "We want to make sure we take the precaution so it's not long [term]," Boucher said.
Arvidsson has a goal and two assists in his past two games. … Karlsson has four assists in his past three games. … The Senators have killed 29 penalties in a row through their past 12 games.