After finishing their California swing with a pair of victories, the Nashville Predators are back home tonight to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds shut out the Leafs, 4-0, in Toronto back in January.
Wins in Los Angeles and San Jose by 3-1 and 4-2 counts, respectively, led to a boost of confidence for the Preds, as they got back to playing the way they want to, especially at this time of the year. Now, with only nine games to play in the regular season, the Predators face another tough task with the high-powered Maple Leafs club that is among the top teams in the east with 94 points.
"We played two pretty complete games there in L.A. and San Jose, and it's all about building off of that now," Preds center Ryan Johansen said Monday. "That's behind us, we did good things and we just need to keep moving forward… We just need our team game to really be polished up right now while we're making our push into the playoffs."
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Forward Kyle Turris could return to the Predators lineup tonight against Toronto; he centered the fourth line during Monday's practice after he was scratched for Nashville's previous two outings.
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Last Time Out:
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, while Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg also tallied in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Sharks. Juuse Saros collected the win in net as Arvidsson hit the 30-goal mark for the second time in his career; he has 31 tallies in just 49 games on the season.
Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Preds in scoring with 58 points, followed by Roman Josi with 55 and Forsberg with 45. Arvidsson's 31 goals are followed by Forsberg's 25 and Craig Smith's 19.
Toronto has won just once in their last four outings, including a 6-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday night. Mitch Marner leads the club with 85 points, followed by John Tavares with 79, Morgan Reilly with 68 and Auston Matthews with 65. Tavares has 40 goals on the season, Matthews has 34 and Marner has 24.
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The Predators are 12-9-(1)-2 all-time against the Maple Leafs, including a 4-4-(0)-1 record at Bridgestone Arena. Overall, the Predators have earned at least a point in seven of their last 10 games (5-3-2) against the Maple Leafs.
On Nov. 18, 2014, 15 Preds skaters reached the scoresheet, led by Taylor Beck's two goals and an assist, as Nashville tied a franchise record for goals in a game, topping Toronto 9-2 at Scotiabank Arena.
Notables Versus Toronto:
Viktor Arvidsson has points (3g-1a) in four of his last five games versus the Maple Leafs. Ryan Johansen has averaged nearly a point per game versus Toronto in his career, tallying 12 points (6g-6a) in 14 games.
P.K. Subban has 21 points (5g-16a) in 34 career meetings against his hometown team, including a seven-game point streak (3g-6a-9pts) from Nov. 30, 2013 to Feb. 28, 2015. Roman Josi has four points (1g-3a) in 10 career games against Toronto.
Video: Predators celebrate 90s Night for game vs. Leafs
When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. start. It's 90s Night in Smashville, and the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Preds slap bracelet.
The Nashville Predators Foundation will host a shoe drive at tonight's game to benefit Soles4Souls, whose mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Fans are encouraged to bring in new or used shoes. Collection bins will be at all main entrances to the arena.
In partnership with Fans for the Cure and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, all male fans over the age of 40 will be able to participate in a free screening at tonight's game. The screening is simple and just involves getting blood drawn. Interested fans should visit the information table (outside of Section 120). For additional information, visit Fans4theCure.org.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest from Nashville begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. Pete Weber, Terry Crisp and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Willy Daunic and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
If the Predators are playing hockey, you can count on the game being on at Preds Approved Bars & Restaurants. Locations throughout Tennessee may be seen by clicking here.
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