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Josi game-time decision for Nashville home opener; Philadelphia looks for positive finish to road trip

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

FLYERS (2-1-0) at PREDATORS (0-2-0)



The Game

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi and forward Colton Sissons each will be a game-time decision against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. Josi and Sissons missed practice Monday for what the Predators called a maintenance day, and neither player participated in the morning skate Tuesday.

The Flyers will play the final game of a season-opening four-game road trip, which is tied for their longest road trip of the season. They have gone 2-1-0 so far and have scored the first goal of the game in their two wins.

The Predators will raise their Western Conference championship banner and will begin the home portion of their schedule after starting the season on the road with losses against the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was named the NHL Third Star for the week ending Oct. 8. He had four goals in three games, including his second NHL hat trick in a 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 4.

Predators forward Scott Hartnell has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 19 career games against the Flyers. He spent seven seasons with the Flyers (2007-14).


They said it

"We've just been playing hard. We've got a really young team so we've just been trying to get better every day as we go along. I know we haven't played perfect games, but every game we're working hard. When we make mistakes, we've got good legs to cover up for them." -- Simmonds

"I think that we're all excited to get back, especially after the result on the road. I think that in our last game we did a lot of things well and maybe didn't get the early results in the game that we wanted, didn't get some of the bounces. I think in other areas we want to clean things up, and we worked on some of those things [Monday] in practice, but for sure we're looking forward to the energy in the building." -- Predators defenseman P.K. Subban


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Dale Weise -- Nolan Patrick -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Jori Lehtera, Brandon Manning, Samuel Morin

Injured: None


Predators projected lineup

Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- Craig Smith

Filip Forsberg -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Kevin Fiala

Scott Hartnell -- Nick Bonino -- Pontus Aberg

Cody McLeod -- Austin Watson -- Miikka Salomaki

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Mattias Ekholm -- Samuel Girard

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Cody McLeod, Roman Josi, Colton Sissons

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee)


Status report

Elliott is expected to start his third game of the season. … If Girard plays, it will be his first NHL game. 


Stat pack

The Flyers are 4-1-1 in six games against the Predators since Peter Laviolette took over as the Predators coach in the 2014-15 season. Laviolette coached the Flyers the previous five seasons (2009-14). … Rinne is 4-2-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in eight games against the Flyers in his career.

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