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Preview: Predators at Maple Leafs

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne day to day with lower-body injury, Marek Mazanec to start against Toronto

by David Alter / Correspondent

PREDATORS (6-5-3) at MAPLE LEAFS (6-6-3)

7:30 p.m. ET; SNO, TVA Sports, FS-TN, NHL.TV


Predators team scope

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is day to day with a lower-body injury, so Marek Mazanec will make his second start of the season after he was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Monday. "It's part of my job," Mazanec told the Predators website. "They send you down and call you up the next day, and I have to be ready to play." The Predators are on a three-game winning streak and have points in each of their past six games (4-0-2) but have struggled on the road this season (1-4-2). It is the first game for defenseman P.K. Subban in his hometown as a member of the Predators. "I guess I approach it the same way," Subban said. "No big difference for me, I still have a lot of family and friends coming to the game tonight."


Maple Leafs team scope

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Forward Auston Matthews has no goals and two assists in his past nine games. "Obviously the last couple of weeks have been tough and frustrating offensively," Matthews said. Forward William Nylander is also without a goal in his past nine games (three assists). The Maple Leafs have been outshot in each of their past three games. Toronto is 5-2-0 at home this season.


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

Marek Mazanec

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Pontus Aberg, Matt Carle

Injured: Pekka Rinne (lower body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body), Anthony Bitetto (upper body)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Matt Martin -- Ben Smith -- Nikita Soshnikov

Morgan Rielly -- Nikita Zaitsev

Jake Gardiner -- Roman Polak

Martin Marincin -- Matt Hunwick

Frederik Andersen

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Peter Holland, Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado

Injured: None

Status report

The Predators will dress the same forwards and defensemen they used in a 5-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. ... Polak will return after missing the game on Saturday.

Who's hot

Neal has a four-game goal streak (five goals) for the first time since the 2013-14 season. ... Hyman has scored in each of Toronto's past two games.

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