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Simmonds will play for Philadelphia; Nashville goes for sweep of season series

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PREDATORS (3-2-1) at FLYERS (4-2-0)



The Game

Forward Wayne Simmonds said he will be in the lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Nashville Predators at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Simmonds, who leads the Flyers and is tied for sixth in the NHL with five goals, said he felt fine after being a full participant at the morning skate. He missed the final 8:12 of the third period in a 5-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday because of a lower-body injury.

The Predators have points in four straight games (3-0-1), a streak that began with a 6-5 win against the Flyers in Nashville on Oct. 10.


Players to watch

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak.

Shayne Gostisbehere of the Flyers leads NHL defensemen with 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in six games. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"The consistency of our game plan has been there the last four games, and we're a very confident group when we're on the same page there and working for each other. It's been fun getting results while playing the way we want to play." -- Predators center Ryan Johansen

"We're just going to continue to play our game, get pucks deep, use our team speed, backcheck hard and try to turn defense into offense. That's what been working for us so far so we're going to continue to do that. Hopefully we got another big two points tonight." -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds


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

Anthony Bitetto -- Matt Irwin

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Samuel Girard, Pontus Aberg

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


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Dale Weise -- Nolan Patrick -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Jori Lehtera

Injured: None


Status report

The Predators held an optional morning skate. Rinne is expected to make his fifth straight start. … Neuvirth will start consecutive games for the first time this season. He made 40 saves against the Panthers on Tuesday.


Stat pack

Smith is one goal from 100 in the NHL. Rinne has allowed four goals on 87 shots in the past three games after allowing 12 goals on 95 shots in his first three games. … Giroux has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak. Voracek has seven assists during a four-game point streak. He's tied for second in the NHL with 10 assists, one behind Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals.

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