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Nashville goes for season series sweep; Vegas has lost five straight at home

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

PREDATORS (34-21-5) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (31-24-4)



The Game

The Nashville Predators will try to sweep the season series against the Vegas Golden Knights when they visit T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Nashville defeated Vegas 4-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 30 and won 2-1 at Vegas on Jan. 23.

Backup goalie Juuse Saros will start for Nashville, which is two points behind the first-place Winnipeg Jets in the Central Division. He is 3-0-0 against the Golden Knights with a goals-against average of 0.67 and a .983 save percentage.

Vegas is looking to end its team-record five-game home losing streak and a three-game losing streak overall. Backup goalie Malcolm Subban will start for the Golden Knights, who are 2-7-0 in their past nine games and are third in the Pacific Division, nine points behind the second-place San Jose Sharks.

Players to watch

Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson has four goals during a three-game point streak and has 13 points (12 goals, one assist) in his past 12 games.

Golden Knights center Paul Stastny has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it

"We're always trying to fix things. It doesn't seem to take on the same identity … there's always things that we can get better at. There's a couple of areas we're trying to be better at, but it changes all the time." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette

"He's played like a real big guy in net against us. He's been unbelievable against us. Sometimes you play real well against a certain team, and he's dominated against us. We'll see what happens tonight." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant on Juuse Saros


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Brian Boyle -- Colton Sissons -- Ryan Hartman

Rocco Grimaldi -- Kyle Turris -- Calle Jarnkrok

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Frederick Gaudreau, Cody McLeod, Matt Irwin

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body)

Suspended: Austin Watson


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Cody Eakin -- Oscar Lindberg

Brandon Pirri -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller

Malcolm Subban

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Jake Bischoff, Valentin Zykov, Tomas Nosek

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Nick Holden (undisclosed), Ryan Carpenter (undisclosed)


Status report

Ekholm (illness) and Salomaki participated at the morning skate. … Stastny and Tuch will move to the third line with Pirri, while Lindberg and Eakin will play with Pacioretty on the second line.


Stat pack

Johansen has two goals and seven assists during a season-long six-game point streak. … Subban is two points from 400 in the NHL. … Tuch has no points in his past seven games after getting 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his previous 13.

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