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Wild survive, defeat Sharks in overtime

Niederreiter wins it for Minnesota after San Jose rallies from three goals down

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Nino Niederreiter scored at 3:26 of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Sunday.

Eric Staal scored two goals and Alex Stalock made 31 saves for Minnesota (15-11-3) in his first game against his former team. Ryan Murphy also scored for the Wild, who won for the fourth time in their past five games.

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Fantasy mailbag: Take Fiala, Connor more seriously

Predators, Jets forwards here to stay given lineup placement, production; Fleury nearing return for Golden Knights

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor

Every week this season, will answer your fantasy mailbag questions. Whether you're in a year-long league or play DFS, we'll answer the most relevant questions based on Yahoo transaction trends, DraftKings value and any other developments (production, lineup, injuries) around the League. Send your questions to @NHLJensen.

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Preds Fall to Golden Knights in Shootout

Despite Loss, Nashville Pleased with Effort as 40-Point Mark is Reached

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Malcolm Subban made 41 saves and then turned aside six skaters in the shootout as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Nashville Predators by a 4-3 final on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.

It's a rare loss at home for the Preds - just their third of the season - in their first-ever meeting with Vegas, but on a night that saw the home team come back in the third period to earn a point in the standings, there was still reason stay positive following the contest.

"I really liked our game," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I liked the way we fought back, and I thought we were doing a lot of good things… I think for the most part, I thought we played a pretty solid, 60-minute game."

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Projected Lineup: Golden Knights vs. Predators

James Neal, Malcolm Subban and Golden Knights Make First Trip to Smashville

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, makes their inaugural visit to Nashville to face the Predators (tonight at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (18-7-3) plays a single home game before heading out to Western Canada for three contests. The Preds are undefeated in the month of December, going 3-0-0, with wins over Anaheim, Boston and Dallas. Prior to Friday's contest, the Preds recalled goaltenders Anders Lindback and assigned Juuse Saros to the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL). Center Ryan Johansen was also placed on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury. 

The Golden Knights (17-9-1) have surprised just about everyone in their first season, not only holding a playoff spot, but competing for first in the Pacific Division. Vegas has received 13 goals from former Preds forward James Neal and P.K. Subban's brother, Malcolm, has gone 6-2-0 in net. 

Update: Center Ryan Johansen has been added to Injured Reserve. Goaltender Anders Lindback has been recalled from Milwaukee (AHL), while Juuse Saros has been assigned. 

Below is a projected lineup for the Preds based on Thursday's practice:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Golden Knights vs. Preds

James Neal Returns as Nashville Hosts Vegas for First Meeting in Franchise History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will add a new opponent to the record books tonight when they face the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time ever.

In the midst of their first season of play, the Golden Knights will be making their first of two trips to Nashville this season, while the Predators are scheduled to visit Vegas just after the start of the new year.

For an expansion team, the Golden Knights are hardly playing like one, posting 17 wins and battling for first in the Pacific Division. Tonight will also mark the return of former Preds winger James Neal who was selected by Vegas in the Expansion Draft this summer.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Golden Knights]

[Read More: Lindback Recalled, Johansen to IR]

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Hischier performing beyond his years for Devils

Rookie center, 18, helping fuel New Jersey's success with maturity, accountability

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Center Nico Hischier enjoys being considered a player who can contribute when called upon for the New Jersey Devils. 

It's not so easy when you are 18, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and playing for a team starving for success.

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Behind The Numbers

Rookies boost Devils, not Bruins, in standings

Statistics show Hischier, Butcher, Bratt big part of New Jersey's success

by Rob Vollman / Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs improved by 26 points in the standings from 2015-16 to 2016-17, due in large part to the contributions of rookies Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, William Nylander, Connor Brown, Nikita Zaitsev, Zach Hyman and others. Could the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins or Los Angeles Kings receive a similar boost this season?

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Infographic: Preds 5, Stars 2

Cody McLeod, Pontus Aberg Score First Goals; Preds Win Big in Big D

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Cody McLeod and Pontus Aberg both score their first goals of the season as Predators blast Stars, 5-2.

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Devils at Blue Jackets preview

New Jersey, Columbus competing for first place in Metropolitan Division

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

DEVILS (15-7-4) at BLUE JACKETS (17-9-1)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

First place in the Metropolitan Division will be at stake when the New Jersey Devils play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday in the first game of a home-and-home set. They play at Prudential Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-O, NHL.TV).

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Stars

Predators Play Second Half of Back-to-Back Set; Ryan Johansen Day-to-Day with Upper-Body Injury

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators challenge the Dallas Stars for the second time this season (at 7:30 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (17-7-3) topped the Stars, 4-1, on Oct. 12 at home and will now make two trips to Big D this month (tonight and Dec. 23). The Predators will complete a back-to-back set tonight after Pekka Rinne made 37 saves and Craig Smith recorded three points in a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins yesterday.

The Predators were without Ryan Johansen (upper-body; day-to-day) on Monday, but did see defenseman Yannick Weber retun to action after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury.

Dallas (16-10-1) has won five in a row, including a 7-2 blasting of the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, to claim the First Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. 

Nashville did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday. Below is a projected lineup based on Monday's game:

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