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Game Day: Preds vs. Maple Leafs

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(28-21-11) Nashville Predators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-27-10)
  6:30 P.M. CT | Air Canada Centre | #NSHvsTOR
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game


The Nashville Predators travel across provincial lines to Ontario this evening as they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Preds will be finishing the second half of a back-to-back situation, which saw them top the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout on Monday night at the Bell Centre.

The victory gave the Predators points in six-straight games overall and at least a point in eight consecutive road games, a franchise record. Nashville is 6-0-2 away from home since Jan. 14. The road streak tops the previous best of seven games (set twice; most recently in 2009).

Nashville enters tonight's game with points in 13 of 14 games against teams based in Canada, posting a 10-1-3 record against them, or 23 of a possible 28 points in the standings (.821 points percentage). The club has averaged 3.14 goals-per game in that span and allowed an average of 1.86 goals. Additionally, the Preds have 11 power-play goals in 44 opportunities (25 percent). The stretch of games includes the team's 6-0-1 road record, with their only loss coming in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets.

With 181 power-play points (77g-104a), Preds Captain Shea Weber remains one point away from tying Kimmo Timonen for the top spot on the franchise’s all-time list. Timonen registered 182 points on the power play (46g-136a) during his time with the club.

The Preds continue to boast the League's highest-scoring defensive unit, with 147 total points coming from the backend. Roman Josi leads Nashville with 42 points (11g-31a), while Weber leads the d-corps with 15 goals. Preds defensemen are also first in the NHL in goals with 41.

Filip Forsberg is second behind Josi on the team in points with 39, including 20 goals. Forsberg's goal total is bested only by James Neal, who has 21 to go along with 37 total points. Mike Ribeiro has 38 points, including 32 assists, while the defensive pair of Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis have 27 and 24 points, respectively. Goaltender Pekka Rinne, who registered the win in Montreal on Monday, is 22-18-9 on the season. Carter Hutton is 6-2-2 between the pipes.

Mike Fisher has 37 career points against Toronto (22g-15a), his most versus any team, while Paul Gaustad's 23 career points against the Leafs (8g-15a) are his highest total against any team. Forsberg and Weber are both on three-game point streaks against the Maple Leafs.

All-Star Leo Komarov leads Toronto with 18 goals and 35 points on the season, though is currently serving a suspension. He is followed by Tyler Bozak with 31 points and P-A Parenteau who has 30 points, including 15 goals. James Reimer is 11-11-7 in goal for the Leafs. Toronto is 8-9-8 at home this season and 3-6-1 in their last 10 outings.

Nashville has points in four-straight contests against Toronto, posting a 3-0-1 record in that span. The team has won two straight at the Air Canada Centre, with their last loss in Toronto coming on Nov. 16, 2010.
 
In the first game of the season series, which was played on Nov. 12 at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators dropped the contest 2-1 in a shootout. Weber scored the club's lone goal via the power play and Rinne made 22-of-23 saves. In their last trip to the ACC on Nov. 14, 2014, Nashville tied records for goals in a game with a 9-2 win. All-time, the Predators own a 10-6-2 record versus the Maple Leafs.


Projected Lineups:

The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday. Goaltender Pekka Rinne made 28 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over Montreal on Monday night. Defenseman Barret Jackman participated in the team's morning skate on Monday, but not line rushes.

Nashville Predators:

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

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

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


Toronto Maple Leafs:

Forwards
Michael Grabner Nazem Kadri Brendan Leipsic
Colin Greening Mark Arcobello PA Parenteau
Daniel Winnik Peter Holland Brad Boyes
Josh Leivo Byron Froese Rich Clune
Defense
Martin Marincin Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner Frank Corrado
Viktor Loov Stuart Percy

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Goaltenders: James Reimer is the announced starter in net with Jonathan Bernier serving as the backup.

Extra: (D) Stephane Robidas, (F) Leo Komarov, (F) Tyler Bozak, (F) Milan Michalek, (F) Joffrey Lupul, (F) James van Riemsdyk, (D) Jared Cowen,

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