The Nashville Predators will try for their third consecutive win when they host the Vegas Golden Knights this evening at Bridgestone Arena. It's the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season; the Preds beat the Knights, 5-2, in Vegas back in October.
After previously dropping six-straight, the Predators are back on a winning streak with a pair of victories over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and Monday. The most recent effort saw Nashville come away with a 3-2 triumph in the shootout.
"We had to find a way to do a little more and a little more," Preds centerman Ryan Johansen said following Monday's win. "You've got to keep finding ways to handle the little details and the little plays in the game. I think we've done that in the last two games now. We'll look at things again and keep finding ways to improve and continue to get better."
Twenty of Nashville's 25 skaters to appear in a game have registered a point, in addition to goaltender Pekka Rinne, who has two assists for the first time since the 2015-16 season. Nashville is one of three teams (Montreal, Tampa Bay) to have 11 players with at least 10 points in 2019-20.
Predators held an optional practice on Tuesday ahead of tonight's contest.
Video: Johansen, Carr help Predators down Blues in shootout
Last Time Out:
Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen scored in the first period of Monday's game, before Daniel Carr scored the winner in the shootout. Filip Forsberg also tallied in the shootout, and Juuse Saros made 23 saves through 65 minutes of regulation and overtime to collect the win in his second consecutive start.
Preds Captain Roman Josi continues to lead the club with 22 points, followed by Ryan Ellis with 18, and then Forsberg and Matt Duchene with 17 each. Bonino and Forsberg are tied for the team lead with 10 goals apiece, and Calle Jarnkrok has eight.
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Vegas has lost three-straight games, including a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars on Monday. Max Pacioretty and William Karlsson co-lead the team with 23 points, followed by Mark Stone with 21 points and Reilly Smith with 17. Stone and Smith have 10 goals each; Pacioretty and Karlsson have eight each. Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 11-6-2 in net for the Golden Knights, is away from the team for personal reasons. Malcolm Subban is 0-4-2, and Vegas has recalled goaltender Garret Sparks on an emergency basis.
The Predators are 4-2-1 all-time against the Golden Knights, including a 2-0-1 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won four of its last five games against Vegas, allowing one goal or fewer in three of those victories.
The Preds have won two in a row over the Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena, outscoring Vegas by a combined 5-1 margin, including a 1-0 shutout (Juuse Saros) on Jan. 16, 2018.
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Notables Versus Vegas:
Calle Jarnkrok scored Nashville's first-ever goal versus Vegas on Dec. 8, 2017. Nick Bonino has four points (3g-1a) in seven games against Vegas, including a two-point effort (1g-1a) on Oct. 15.
Juuse Saros is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and one shutout against Vegas in his career. Saros made a career-high 47 saves in Nashville's 2-1 victory at Vegas on Jan. 23, 2019. He also recorded a 43-save shutout against Vegas on Jan. 16, 2018, becoming the first Preds goaltender to record multiple 40-plus save shutouts in the same season.
When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors have a special 5 p.m. CT opening tonight for Fifth Third Bank card holders and all Preds Season-Ticket Citizens. Courtesy of Christie Cookie, every fan in attendance will receive a fresh cookie upon arrival on tonight!
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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