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P.K. Subban set for debut with Nashville

Blackhawks will try to slow down speedy Predators, rebound from opening-night loss

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (0-1-0) at PREDATORS (0-0-0)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will debut with his new team against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Friday.

Subban was traded to the Predators from the Montreal Canadiens for Shea Weber on June 29. He is expected to play on the top pairing with Roman Josi. They played one game together in the preseason, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and will try develop more chemistry against the Blackhawks.

"Just going to take it one step at a time," Subban said. "Obviously we're still learning about each other, but we felt good in Tampa with our game and progressing. I think for our team, we're just continuing to jell and get to know each other a bit better."

Subban said he's looking forward to experiencing the Chicago-Nashville rivalry for the first time.

"Chicago is a great team," Subban said. "They've had a lot of success over the past few years. I think that the rivalry between the two teams has been definitely a growing rivalry in the League, and obviously I've played in games like this before with Montreal and [the Boston Bruins]. But for me it's just the start of the new season. I look forward to comparing the rivalries for sure from [Eastern Conference to Western Conference]."

The Blackhawks will try to rebound from a season-opening 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. The Predators' speed should provide them with a significant challenge.

"They have a great lineup and a lot of good players," Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger said. "It feels like they're getting better and better every year. They're a dangerous team and I'm sure they're looking forward to playing their first game here tonight so we've got to be ready."

Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has 499 career goals and will try to become the 44th player in League history to reach 500.

Video: CHI@MIN: Hossa's shorthanded goal ties it at 1

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Artemi Panarin - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik

Tyler Motte - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman - Marcus Kruger - Marian Hossa

Vinnie Hinostroza - Nick Schmaltz - Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling - Brian Campbell

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Michal Rozsival, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Dennis Rasmussen

Injured: Andrew Desjardins (lower body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Kevin Fiala

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - James Neal

Calle Jarnkrok - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith

Viktor Arvidsson - Colton Sissons - Miikka Salomaki

Roman Josi - P.K. Subban

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Matt Carle - Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Yannick Weber, Cody Bass

Injured : None

 

Status report

Hjalmarsson will return from a three-game suspension from a preseason hit on Blues forward Ty Rattie. ... Crawford is expected to start. … The Predators held an optional skate. … Rinne is expected to start.

 

Who's hot

Panik and Hartman scored in the loss to the Blues on Wednesday. … Subban had two assists in three preseason games.

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