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Each team seeking first win in Stanley Cup Final rematch

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

PREDATORS (0-1-0) at PENGUINS (0-1-1)



The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators will each look for their first win when they meet in a Stanley Cup Final rematch at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

Pittsburgh will attempt to rebound after being outscored 15-5 in its first two games, including 10-1 in a road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. The Penguins will be without forward Patric Hornqvist (hand), who wore a white non-contact jersey during the morning skate Saturday.

Predators forward Nick Bonino, who received his Stanley Cup ring Saturday, will face his former team for the first time since signing a four-year, $16.4 million contract with Nashville on July 1. He had two goals in the first two games of the Cup Final against the Predators before sustaining a lower-body injury that sidelined him for the rest of the series.


Players to watch

Predators forward Scott Hartnell has 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in 56 career games against the Penguins. That is his second-highest total against any team; he has 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games against the New York Islanders.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray must recover from poor performances in his first two appearances this season. He has allowed 11 goals on 65 shots in two games.


They said it

"It's not a game I was dreading. … I'm sure it'll be a little emotional, but that will get out of the way early." -- Bonino on facing the Penguins for the first time

"I think, as far as our game, there are definitely some things we have to clean up." -- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Scott Hartnell -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Pontus Aberg

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Cody McLeod -- Austin Watson -- Miikka Salomaki

Roman Josi -- Matt Irwin

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin -- Yannick Weber

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Samuel Girard

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel

Scott Wilson -- Greg McKegg -- Conor Sheary

Tom Kuhnhackl -- Carter Rowney -- Ryan Reaves

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Olli Maatta -- Matt Hunwick

Ian Cole -- Justin Schultz

Matt Murray

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Josh Archibald, Chad Ruhwedel

Injured: Patric Hornqvist (hand)


Status report

Fiala is day to day with an upper-body injury. Aberg will take his place. ... Saros was the first goalie off the ice and could start. Rinne was 0-3 in Pittsburgh in the Final and is 0-6-0 with an .822 save percentage in his career in Pittsburgh. ... Penguins coach Mike Sullivan adjusted each of his four lines and two of the defense pairs. The most significant change was Bryan Rust replacing Conor Sheary at first-line right wing. Forward Carl Hagelin took Rust's spot at second-line left wing and Sheary was demoted to third-line right wing.


Stat pack

Jarnkrok will play his 250th NHL game. … Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is one assist away from 300 in his career. He would join Paul Coffey (332) as the only defensemen in Penguins history to have 300 assists.

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