(12-4-2) Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators (8-5-4)
6:30 P.M. | Canadian Tire Centre
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
After a nine-goal outburst on Tuesday night in Toronto, the Nashville Predators travel to the Canadian capital of Ottawa to face the Senators tonight for the second and final time this season. Nashville defeated Ottawa in Music City on Opening Night with a 3-2 win over the Sens.
Tuesday's 9-2 victory over the Maple Leafs tied a Predators franchise record for the most goals scored in one game by the club. Overall, 15 of Nashville's 18 skaters found the scoresheet and nine Preds recorded multi-point outings, led by three-point showings from Shea Weber (3a) and Taylor Beck (2g-1a). Forward Derek Roy tallied his first goal as a member of the Preds, which also happened to be his 500th career point.
With assists on goals for Beck, Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok on Tuesday, Weber tied Kimmo Timonen for first among defensemen on the franchise's all-time assist list and third overall. The Preds Captain leads the club's defensemen in points with 11 (5g-6a).
For the 10th-straight game, a member (or members) of the Preds top line, consisting of Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro and James Neal, tallied points. Ribeiro and Forsberg found the scoresheet on Tuesday, with Forsberg getting back into both the goal and assist columns. It was the rookie's seventh multi-point game of the season, and Forsberg's 22 points (9g-13a) leads the team, leads all League rookies and is tied for fourth among all NHL players. The Swede also leads the League in plus/minus (+20).
Pekka Rinne also continues his sound play in the Nashville net. Rinne won his 12th contest of the season on Tuesday, a League-leading mark. Rinne is sixth in the NHL is goals-against average (1.92) and save percentage (.930) among goalies that have played five games or more.
Ottawa finds themselves with 20 points thus far on the campaign, going 1-2-2 in their past five contests. Clarke MacArthur leads the club in goals (8) and points (13), with defenseman Erik Karlsson and forwards Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan close behind with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Craig Anderson has led the way in net for the Sens, posting a 5-3-3 record to go along with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
Nashville is 8-9-1 all-time against the Sens, including a 4-5-0 record in Ottawa. The Senators are 4-1-3 on home ice this season. The Preds last trip to Canada's capital city produced a 4-3 overtime victory, with Seth Jones tallying the game-winner. Predators defenseman Anton Volchenkov was the Senators first pick (21st overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and played six seasons for the Sens.
What to Watch for: Brent and Willy's Breakdown:
Nashville Morning Skate Lines:
Forsberg - Ribeiro - Neal
Cullen - Jokinen - Roy
Wilson - Jarnkrok - Smith
Nystrom - Gaustad - Beck
Josi - Weber
Ekholm - Ellis
Volchenkov - Jones
*Carter Hutton expected to start in goal
Ottawa Morning Skate Lines:
MacArthur - Turris - Chiasson
Greening - Legwand - Ryan
Michalek - Smith - Neal
Hoffman - Zibanejad - StoneDefensemen:
Phillips - Karlsson
Cowen - Ceci
Borowiecki - GrybaGoaltenders:
*Robin Lehner expected to start in goal