A three-game homestand continues tonight at Bridgestone Arena as the Nashville Predators host P.K. Subban and the New Jersey Devils. It's the first of two meetings between the clubs this season; the Preds will head to Newark at the end of January.
This evening's contest marks the first meeting between Subban and the Preds since he was dealt to the Devils during June's NHL Draft. The blueliner spent three seasons in Nashville and played a key role in helping them reach the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
While the Predators will be focused on getting a win in the midst of a stretch that has seen them earn points in five of their last six outings, there's always a little something extra when a former teammate comes back to town.
"Oh, we'll be talking with him," Preds Captain Roman Josi laughed when asked about meeting Subban on the ice. "The way I know him, he's going to start it. But there's probably going to be some chirping."
"P.K. did an unbelievable job here, and our team was successful when he was here," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "He was a big part of it. Offensively, defensively, he helped, and he was a part of a lot of success. There's a lot of banners hanging in the building, and he was here and he was a part of it. He did good things in the community, and I liked working with P.K… I'm sure he'll have fun back here [tonight]."
The Predators recalled forward Yakov Trenin from Milwaukee on Friday morning, and he joined the club on the ice for practice. Trenin leads the Admirals in scoring and is fifth among all AHL players in points with 26, including 14 goals. The Russian forward skated on a wing with Colton Sissons and Austin Watson at Friday's practice.
Forward Mikael Granlund, who missed Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, was absent again on Friday and is listed as day-to-day.
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Last Time Out:
Calle Jarnkrok and Kyle Turris tallied for the Preds in Tuesday night's overtime loss to the Lightning, while Pekka Rinne saw his record move to 9-4-3 in the loss.
Roman Josi is Nashville's leading scorer with 24 points, followed by Matt Duchene and Ryan Ellis with 20 points apiece. Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino are all tied for the team lead in goals with 10; Josi and Duchene have seven each.
New Jersey fell in a shootout last night to the Chicago Blackhawks by a 2-1 score. Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine is now in charge behind the Devils bench after John Hynes was removed from his head coaching position earlier in the week.
Taylor Hall scored last night and leads the Devils with 23 points, followed by Kyle Palmieri with 18 points and Nico Hischier with 16 points. Palmieri has 10 goals on the season; Blake Coleman has nine. Subban has two goals and five points in 27 games. Mackenzie Blackwood was in net for New Jersey on Friday, meaning the Preds could see Louis Domingue tonight.
The Predators are 14-9-(0)-6 all-time against the Devils, including a 5-5-(0)-5 record at Bridgestone Arena. Overall, the Preds have earned at least a point in eight-straight games against the Devils, going 5-0-3.
Nashville hasn't lost in regulation to New Jersey since March 3, 2015. Since the start of the decade, the Preds are 8-3-4 against the Devils, grabbing a point/points in 12 of their 15 meetings. The Preds are riding an eight-game point streak (4-0-4) on home ice against the Devils, a stretch that began on Nov. 19, 2009.
Notables Versus New Jersey:
Mattias Ekholm is on a six-game point streak versus New Jersey, picking up three goals and five assists with a +6 rating. Roman Josi has seven points (3g-4a) in his last seven games against the Devils.
Matt Duchene has averaged a point per game in his career against the Devils, tallying six goals and 17 points in 17 games. He has eight points (3g-5a) in his last four meetings with New Jersey.
When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. (CT) ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop. Join Preds broadcasters Terry Crisp and Lyndsay Rowley as they go live from the FOX Sports Tennessee Zone inside Bridgestone Arena for the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m.
Stop by the Predators Foundation area outside of Section 106 on the main concourse to check out unique auction items and to preorder your 2020 Nashville Predators Team Calendar.
Watch and Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Smashville Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. with Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 6 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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