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Zibanejad out for New York; Nashville can extend point streak to seven

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (4-5-1) at PREDATORS (8-3-2)

2 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-TN, NHL.TV

The Game

Mika Zibanejad will miss his second consecutive game because of an upper-body injury when the New York Rangers play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Zibanejad, who leads the Rangers with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) is day to day and did not practice on Friday. New York is 2-1-0 in its past three games after going 0-4-1 in its previous five.

The Predators, who lost 6-5 in overtime to the Calgary Flames on Thursday, are 4-0-2 in their past six games and have outscored their opponents 23-11 during that span. They are 6-1-2 at home.

Players to watch

Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past four games.

Predators forward Nick Bonino has four goals in his past two games.


They said it

"We've always liked his instincts, his offensive play. He's got a great ability to get us out of our own end. The thing I've really liked about his game, and I've said this before, people were wondering how quickly he could adapt to the NHL level from a defending standpoint and a skating standpoint. 'Easy' would be the wrong word, but it's been a quicker transition I think than anybody had anticipated." -- New York coach David Quinn on defenseman Adam Fox, who scored his first NHL goal in a 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday

"I think the last three or four games, we really started to play the brand of hockey that we wanted. [The loss to Calgary] was a step back, but we'll address the issues and move on." -- Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Jesper Fast

Greg McKegg -- Lias Andersson -- Brendan Smith

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Marc Staal -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Ryan Lindgren

Injured: Mika Zibanejad (upper body), Yegor Rykov (ankle)

Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Colton Sissons -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Yannick Weber, Miikka Salomaki

Injured: None


Status report

Georgiev will start for the second consecutive game. … The Predators will host Hockey Fights Cancer night at Bridgestone Arena.


Stat pack

Buchnevich has four points (one goal, three assists) in a four-game point streak. … Josi has no points in his past two games after having seven points (three goals, four assists) in his previous four. ... Strome has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak.

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