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Game Day: Flyers vs. Preds

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(22-18-8) Philadelphia Flyers vs. Nashville Predators (24-19-8)
  7 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena | #PHIvsNSH
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game | Pregame: 6:30 P.M.
Tickets | Subway Student Rush


The Nashville Predators continue their stretch of four consecutive contests at Bridgestone Arena, as they host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight for only the 10th time in franchise history. It's the second of two meetings between the clubs this season; Nashville fell 3-2 in overtime in Philadelphia the day after Thanksgiving.

The Predators lost 1-0 to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in their first game back from the All-Star Break. Goaltender Pekka Rinne started for Nashville, giving up a single goal. In fact, the Preds have given up just one goal in each of their last five outings. The Flyers topped the Montreal Canadiens by a 4-2 final on Tuesday.

Preds forward Filip Forsberg is one point away from registering the 100th point of his NHL career (41g-58a). Forsberg was drafted 11th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft and was acquired by the Predators from Washington on April 3, 2013, in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. Forsberg will become the third member of the 2012 Draft class to reach 100 career points, joining Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov.

Since Dec. 1, Nashville has boasted one of the most successful power plays, posting the fifth-highest percentage in the League at 22.1 percent. Over the last nine games, the Preds are 6-for-27 on the power play and have killed off 28-of-29 opposition power plays. Nashville has not allowed a power play goal in seven-straight games, killing off all 21 man disadvantages.
 
Defenseman Roman Josi leads the Preds in scoring with 35 points, including 10 goals. His defense partner and Captain Shea Weber is second on the club with 31 points, while Mike Ribeiro, Filip Forsberg and James Neal are all tied for third with 30 points apiece. Neal's 18 goals pace the Preds, followed by Forsberg with 14 and Weber with 12. Rinne 19-16-7 on the season, including a 3-1-0 mark and a 1.00 goals-against average in his last four starts.

Forward Mike Fisher is on a five-game point streak against the Flyers (3g-3a). Forsberg has a point in two of his last three games against Philly (2g-2a), while Josi has an assist in three of his last four outings versus the Flyers (3a).

Flyers Captain Claude Giroux leads the team in scoring with 40 points, followed by Jakub Voracek with 39. Wayne Simmonds' 16 goals lead the team; Giroux has 14 and Brayden Schenn has potted 13 on the season. Goaltender Steve Mason is 11-12-6 on the season for the Flyers with a 2.70 goals-against average.

The Predators have points in three of their last four games against the Flyers and have earned a point in six of their last seven contests against them. All-time, Nashville has an 8-7-6 record against Philadelphia.


Predators Game Day Video:

Preds Players: Pekka Rinne, Ryan Ellis and Barret Jackman


What to Watch for: Preds Web Team Breakdown


Coach Presser: Head Coach Peter Laviolette


Projected Lineups:

Nashville Predators:

Forwards Gabriel Bourque (IR; upper-body) and Colin Wilson (IR; lower-body) skated with the Preds during their optional morning skate on Tuesday.


Forwards
Mike Ribeiro Ryan Johansen James Neal
Filip Forsberg Mike Fisher Craig Smith
Viktor Arvidsson Calle Jarnkrok Cody Bass
Miikka Salomaki Paul Gaustad Austin Watson
Defense
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Barret Jackman Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm Petter Granberg

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Goaltenders: Pekka Rinne is the expected starter in net with Carter Hutton serving as the backup.

Extra: (D) Anthony Bitetto, (F) Gabriel Bourque (IR; upper-body), (F) Colin Wilson (IR; lower-body, (F) Eric Nystrom (IR; lower-body)


Philadelphia Flyers:

Forwards
Jakub Voracek Claude Giroux Wayne Simmonds
Sam Gagner Sean Couturier Brayden Schenn
Michael Raffl Scott Laughton Matt read
Chris VandeVelde PE Bellemare Ryan White
Defense
Michael Del Zotto Shayne Gostisbehere
Nick Schultz Mark Streit
Evgeny Medvedev Radko Gudas

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Goaltenders: Steve Mason is the expected starter in net with Anthony Stolarz serving as the backup.

Extra: (F) RJ Umberger, (F) Jordan Weal, (D) Brandon Manning, (G) Michal Neuvirth

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