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Game Day: Islanders vs. Preds

Less Than 24 Hours After Defeating Chicago, the Predators Return Home to Host the Islanders

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Less than 24 hours after a 2-1 win in Chicago, the Nashville Predators return home to face the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena.

In the second half of a back-to-back situation, managing energy will be key this evening, for the Preds, as will keeping shifts short and executing systems.

Nashville allowed 44 shots on Friday night against Chicago, something they'll look to tighten up tonight.

[Click here to see the Predators projected lineup for tonight's game]

Last Time Out:

Craig Smith's 100th career goal proved to be the game-winner for Nashville as they defeated the Blackhawks. Calle Jarnkrok also scored in the win and goaltender Pekka Rinne made 43 saves, the most he's made in a win since April of 2011.

Video: Rinne backstops Preds to 2-1 win against Blackhawks

Filip Forsberg continues to lead the club with seven goals and 12 points, followed by P.K. Subban with nine points. Smith's goal Friday was his second of the season, Jarnkrok's was his his first.

The Opposition:

The Islanders are coming off a 6-4 loss to Minnesota on Thursday, but had won their previous three. John Tavares and Josh Bailey are tied for the team lead with 10 points, followed by Anders Lee with eight. Tavares and Lee lead the club with six goals apiece; Brock Nelson has tallied five. In goal, Jaroslav Halak has gone 3-2-0, Thomas Greiss is 2-2-1.

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 13-7-0-3 all-time against the Islanders, including an 8-3-0-1 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has points in two of its last three games and has won seven of its last nine at home vs. New York. Nashville's only 3-on-5 goal in franchise history came against the Islanders on Oct. 15, 2002 (Karlis Skrastins).

NYI Notables:

Scott Hartnell has 42 points (20g-22a) in 58 career games vs. New York. He recorded the third of his nine career hat tricks on Jan. 19, 2008, at New York against goalie Rick DiPietro.

Filip Forsberg has five points (2g-3a) in seven career games against the Islanders and had a three-game point streak (2g-2a) from Feb. 19, 2015 to Oct. 15, 2015.

Roman Josi recorded all five of his career points (5a) against the Islanders in a four-game span from Feb. 19, 2015 to March 17, 2016, and Ryan Johansen has three points (2g-1) in his last four games vs. New York.

Video: Preds broadcasters analyze Forsberg, 5-on-5 play

When You Go:

Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Food Drive presented by Walmart is taking place this evening. From 4 to 7 p.m. on the Bridgestone Arena plaza, donations will be collected in advance of tonight's game. The most-needed items are peanut butter, canned tuna, soups, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables.

The Preds Energy Team, Maverick and Gnash will host a Hockey Halloween Trick or Treat at Bridgestone Arena today from 3 to 5 p.m., open to children 12 and under. A costume contest will be judged by Maverick and Gnash at 4:30 p.m. All fans are also encouraged to wear costumes for a special Hunt Brother's Fan of the Game, Most Creative Halloween Costume edition.

Take It In:

Predators Live Pregame begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Tennessee. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley bring you the action, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill have the call on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat throughout tonight's game.

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