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Preview: Predators at Senators

Goaltender Pekka Rinne game-time decision for Nashville; Mike Condon to start for Ottawa

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

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

Pekka Rinne

Marek Mazanec

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

Mike Condon

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Craig Anderson

Injured: Mike Hoffman (undisclosed), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)

Status report

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.

Who's hot

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.

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