MAPLE LEAFS (43-24-5) at PREDATORS (41-27-5)
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The Nashville Predators will try to tighten the race for first place in the Central Division when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
The Predators, who have won two straight and are 4-2-0 in their past six games, trail the idle Winnipeg Jets by three points for the division lead; the Jets have one game in hand.
The Maple Leafs, 1-3-0 in their past four games after going 6-1-1 in their previous eight games, trail the Boston Bruins by four points for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Forward Kasperi Kapanen, who missed four games because of a concussion, is expected to return to the Toronto lineup. The 22-year-old, who has 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 68 games this season, was injured during a 3-2 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on March 9.
Players to watch
Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak and is two points shy of 200 in the NHL.
Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson, with 31 goals in 49 games, needs one goal to set an NHL career-high for goals in a season; he also had 31 goals in 2016-17.
They said it
"It's a good team we're playing tonight. It's important that we're ready. We've gone over video. We've had our meetings. Now, it's kind of up to us to make sure we do whatever we have to do to prepare, make sure we're ready to play. A good measuring stick for us tonight." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly
"We had two good games out of a three-game trip so it was good. … It's nice to see us elevate our game, especially because we weren't happy with how it was going prior to that." -- Predators forward Brian Boyle on victories against the Los Angeles Kings (3-1 on Thursday) and San Jose Sharks (4-2 on Saturday)
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Kasperi Kapanen
Connor Brown -- Nic Petan -- Trevor Moore
Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin -- Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl
Scratched: Igor Ozhiganov, Tyler Ennis
Injured: Jake Gardiner (back), Travis Dermott (shoulder), Frederik Gauthier (foot)
Predators projected lineup
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson
Mikael Granlund -- Nick Bonino -- Wayne Simmonds
Calle Jarnkrok -- Colton Sissons -- Craig Smith
Brian Boyle -- Kyle Turris -- Rocco Grimaldi
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber
Scratched: Austin Watson, Cody McLeod, Matt Donovan, Frederick Gaudreau
Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body), Dan Hamhuis (lower body), Zac Rinaldo (shoulder)
The Maple Leafs held a team meeting Tuesday. … The Predators held an optional morning skate.
Tavares, who has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games, has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 13 games against Nashville. … Simmonds has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 26 games against Toronto.