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Duchene, Johansen, Forsberg can tie Nashville's longest point streak to open season; Vegas seeks third straight win

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent




The Game

Center Matt Duchene and forwards Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg each look to tie the longest season-opening point streak in Nashville Predators history when they play the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Duchene has nine points (two goals, seven assists), Johansen has seven points (two goals, five assists) and Forsberg has seven points (four goals, three assists) during their respective five-game point streaks to begin the season; each is one game shy of the Predators record, a six-game season-opening streak by Marek Zidlicky from Oct. 9-23, 2003.

Nashville can win for the third time in four games (2-1-0).

The Golden Knights eye their third straight win. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will make his third consecutive start; he's 4-1-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.


Players to watch

Predators center Matt Duchene's seven assists are the most by any player through the first five games of a season in Nashville history.

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past four games.


They said it

"I feel like everyone's been contributing, which is a good thing. Not only does it build our success as a team, but it builds confidence inside the room. I think that's been backed up by some wins, which is good." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette

"We're just moving the puck around a lot. Especially having [forward Mark Stone] and [Pacioretty] on the flanks, that helps a lot. They're very intelligent players. I feel like we communicate a lot and with us moving the puck quite a bit, it's easy for us." -- Golden Knights forward Cody Glass on the Vegas power play, which went 3-for-3 in a 5-2 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday


Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Rocco Grimaldi -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin

Injured: None


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Valentin Zykov -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Oscar Dansk

Scratched: Brandon Pirri, Jake Bischoff

Injured: Nate Schmidt (lower body), Alex Tuch (upper body), Zach Whitecloud (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body)


Status report

Grimaldi is expected to return after missing two games because of a lower-body injury. … Nashville placed forward Daniel Carr on waivers Tuesday. … No lineup changes are expected for Vegas.


Stat pack

The Predators' 23 goals are their most through the first five games of a season in their history. … Nashville has scored a power-play goal in four straight games. … Stastny has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past two games. … Fleury is two wins from tying Terry Sawchuk (445) for seventh place on the NHL all-time list. … Theodore will play in his 200th NHL game.

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