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Game Day: Devils vs. Preds

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(30-27-7) New Jersey Devils vs. Nashville Predators (32-21-11)
  7 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena | #NJDvsNSH
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game | Pregame: 6:30 P.M.
Tickets | Subway Student Rush


The Nashville Predators finish off their three-game home stand tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds are currently on a five-game winning streak and have points in 10 consecutive contests, tying a franchise record.

The Preds have allowed two or fewer goals on seven occasions during their 10-game streak, shutting out the opposition three times. Nashville is 6-for-28 on the power play (21.4 percent) over the stretch and have killed off 22-of-25 chances against (88.0 percent).

Nashville topped Dallas by a 5-3 final on Tuesday night, led by the return of Captain Shea Weber from a three-game absence due to a lower-body injury. Weber scored on the power play and added two assists in the victory. The Devils fell 3-1 to Carolina on Tuesday and have lost three in a row.

Forward Mike Fisher is scheduled to play in his 1,000th career NHL game this evening, making him the 301st player in League history to reach the mark. Fisher was Ottawa's second-round selection (44th overall) in the 1998 NHL Draft. He skated in 675 games for Ottawa, posting 348 points with the club (167g-181a), and has played 324 contests with the Nashville Predators, notching 188 points (86g-102a) in parts of six seasons. The native of Peterborough, Ontario, will become the ninth member of the 1998 Draft class to play in 1,000 career games, joining Vincent Lecavalier, David Legwand, Brad Richards, Robyn Regehr, Alex Tanguay, Scott Gomez, Brad Stuart and Mike Ribeiro.

After his goal on the man advantage on Tuesday, Weber tied Kimmo Timonen for the top spot on the franchise’s all-time list with 182 power-play points. Weber is also one goal shy of tying Martin Erat for No. 2 on the franchise’s all-time goals list. Erat, the current holder of the second spot, had 163 goals with the Nashville Predators, while David Legwand (210 goals) is the franchise leader in goals.

Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi are tied for the Nashville scoring lead with 46 points apiece, while Forsberg leads the team in goals with 26. Ribeiro is third on the club in points with 43, including 37 assists, followed by Weber and James Neal who have 39 points each. Neal is second in goals with 22, Weber is third with 16. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is 25-18-9 on the season and is 4-0-0 in his last four outings.

Weber has a point in three of his last four games versus the Devils (2g-2a). Fisher has a point in two of his last three games versus the Devils (1g-1a) and Josi posted two goals in his last game against New Jersey.

Kyle Palmieri leads the Devils with 23 goals and 40 points on the season. Adam Henrique has 20 goals and 39 points, followed by Michael Cammalleri with 38 points, although he is currently listed on Injured Reserve. Keith Kinkaid has been announced as tonight's starting goaltender for the Devils and carries a 4-5-1 record on the season.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. In the first meeting of the season at the Prudential Center on Oct. 13, Nashville won by a score of 3-1. The Predators have a 14-8-5 record against Eastern Conference teams this season, including a 4-5-2 record against Atlantic Division clubs.
 
Nashville is on a three-game point streak at Bridgestone Arena versus New Jersey. The Devils have not won in regulation in Nashville since Jan. 19, 2009. All-time, the Predators hold a 10-9-3 record in the series.


Predators Game Day Video:

Preds Players: Mike Fisher, James Neal and Mattias Ekholm


What to Watch for: Preds Web Team Breakdown


Coach Presser: Head Coach Peter Laviolette


Projected Lineups:

Nashville Predators:

Forwards
Calle Jarnkrok Ryan Johansen James Neal
Filip Forsberg Mike Ribeiro Craig Smith
Colin Wilson Mike Fisher Viktor Arvidsson
Eric Nystrom Paul Gaustad Austin Watson
Defense
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Anthony Bitetto Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm Petter Granberg

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Goaltenders: Pekka Rinne was the first goaltender off the ice this morning and is the projected starter in net with Carter Hutton serving as the backup.

Extra: (D) Barret Jackman, (F) Eric Nystrom (IR; lower-body), (F) Gabriel Bourque (IR; upper-body)


New Jersey Devils:

Forwards
Reid Boucher Adam Henrique Devante Smith-Pelly
Sergey Kalinin Travis Zajac Kyle Palmieri
Joseph Blandisi Jacob Josefson Tyler Kennedy
Tuomo Ruutu Stephen Gionta Jordin Tootoo
Defense
Andy Greene Adam Larsson
John Moore David Schlemko
Jon Merrill Damon Severson

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Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid is the announced starter in net with Cory Schneider serving as the backup.

Extra: (F) Jiri Tlusty, (F) Mike Cammalleri, (F) Patrick Elias, (F) Ryane Clowe

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