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Nashville Returns Home to Host Florida for Smash's Birthday at Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators are back in Nashville, and they begin a three-game homestand tonight when they host the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. It's the first of two meetings between the clubs this season; the Preds will be in South Florida two days after Thanksgiving.

Nashville is returning from their first road trip of the season, a three-game stretch that saw them go 1-2-0. The Preds started with a 7-4 loss in Los Angeles, but followed it up with a solid effort in a 5-2 win in Las Vegas.

But the trip concluded with a 5-2 defeat in Arizona on Thursday night, a game the Predators will be eager to avenge tonight. Nashville said they were simply outworked and outplayed by the Coyotes and that they "got what they deserved" in the loss.

Predators winger Filip Forsberg was ruled a game-time decision on Thursday in Arizona and was ultimately ruled out with a lower-body injury. Forsberg is considered day-to-day.

Video: Trenin, Salomaki talk recalls to Nashville

Trenin, Salomaki Recalled:

The Preds have recalled forwards Miikka Salomaki and Yakov Trenin from Milwaukee and assigned forward Daniel Carr to the Admirals. 

"They were playing well down there, and if you get banged up, it's an opportunity to bring players up," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said of Salomaki and Trenin. "It's an opportunity to reward them, so those guys were both playing really well down there."

Salomaki is no stranger to skating with the Preds, but if Trenin were to play tonight, it would be his NHL debut. Laviolette and his staff were pleased with both players in training camp, and they're excited to have the two forwards back in Nashville. 

"[Trenin] had a really good camp," Laviolette said. "Both these guys are big, strong, they skate, they're physical, they play a fast north game, and in training camp they were both good. Both went down there and got recognized as their top guys right now, and [Trenin] has four goals in three games. He's playing really well, and we might as well give him a chance."

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Panthers]

[Read More: Preds Recall Salomaki, Trenin, Assign Carr]

Last Time Out:

Dante Fabbro and Nick Bonino scored for Nashville in their 5-2 loss at Arizona on Thursday night, while Juuse Saros made 27 stops in net.

Matt Duchene and Ryan Ellis co-lead with team with nine points apiece, followed by Forsberg with eight and Ryan Johansen with seven. Forsberg has five goals on the season; Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson have three goals apiece. Pekka Rinne is 4-0-0 for Nashville with a .908 save percentage in his four starts.

The Opposition:

The Panthers (2-2-3) fell to the Colorado Avalanche by a 5-4 final in overtime on Friday night in Florida. It's a new look for the Panthers this season with former Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville behind the bench and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky now minding the crease.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Hoffman co-lead the club with eight points each, followed by Evgenii Dadanov with four goals and seven points. Hoffman has five goals and Huberdeau has three; Aleksander Barkov has five assists. Bobrovsky is 2-2-2 on the season but played last night against the Avalanche, meaning the Preds could see Samuel Montembeault tonight instead.

Video: Coach Laviolette previews Panthers vs. Preds

All-Time Meetings:

Nashville is 14-12-(3)-1 all-time against Florida, including an 8-5-(2)-0 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won two of its last four (2-2-0) and five of its last 10 (5-5-0) over Florida.

At home, the Preds have won one of their last four games against the Panthers after winning six straight from Oct. 27, 2007 to Nov. 22, 2014. 

Notables Versus Florida:

Roman Josi has 10 points (4g-6a) in 12 career games versus Florida, including six points (3g-3a) in his last five contests against the Panthers.

Ryan Johansen had a four-game point streak (2g-4a) versus the Panthers from March 30, 2012 to April 12, 2014 and has eight points (2g-6a) in 15 career games against Florida. Kyle Turris is Nashville's career points leader versus Florida, logging 19 points (6g-13a) in 25 contests against the Panthers.

Smash's Birthday Party and Pet Supply Drive:

Prior to this evening's matchup against the Panthers, the Predators will host a plaza party in honor of Preds pup Smash's first birthday. Starting at 5 p.m. (CT), fans can adopt a pet from the Nashville Humane Association, sign up their furry friend for Weber's Woof Pack and enjoy live music and family fun on the Bridgestone Arena plaza.

In lieu of gifts for Smash, and in support of local animal rescue organizations, the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub will host a pet supply drive at Smash's Birthday Plaza Party. Fans are encouraged to bring items for donation including leashes, collars, treats and toys.

In addition, the Nashville Predators Team Store, which opens at 10 a.m., is offering a 25 percent discount on all Preds pet merchandise.

When You Go:

Fans are encouraged to show up loud, proud and Gold for the Saturday Night in Smashville March to the Game this evening. Meet at 4th Avenue & Demonbreun at 6:20 p.m. to join in on Smashville's newest tradition, and bring a sign or make one when you get to the plaza to show off on FOX Sports Tennessee's live presentation of Saturday Night in Smashville.

FOX Sports Tennessee's Saturday Night in Smashville pregame show will bring the excitement of live television to the heart of downtown Nashville and kickstart the Saturday night party on Broadway. Join Preds broadcasters Terry Crisp and Lyndsay Rowley as they go live from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza and feature fans along with special guest commentators.

Please note the updated Bridgestone Arena bag policy for the Predators' 2019-20 season:

The fastest way to enter Bridgestone Arena is to not bring a bag at all. However, clear, clutch or no bags grant guests access to our Express Lanes. Bags that are made of solid material that fit within the 12-inch-by-12-inch-by-6-inch size requirement will be placed through an X-ray scanner upon entry. Backpacks and large bags are prohibited from Bridgestone Arena. All clear bags must be completely clear and may not have any color tinting, printed designs or panels of fabric. All items brought are subject to a security search. Diaper bags that fit within the guidelines of the approved bags will be permitted.

To enhance the Nashville Predators game day experience, Bridgestone Arena has implemented Ticketmaster SafeTix, a new technology designed to provide the best possible entry experience and cut down on the number of fraudulent tickets in the marketplace. Using encrypted, rotating barcodes, SafeTix prevents fraud and ticket scalping through screenshotting and/or photocopying barcodes. Screenshots will no longer be valid for entry to Predators home games. The Predators also encourage all fans to be aware of the new "Clutch, Clear or No Bag" policy and to utilize Express Entry Lanes for expedited entry.

Watch and Listen:

Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Saturday Night in 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.

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.

Streaming Info:

Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).

Watch a Live Stream of the game on the Fox Sports Go App or Watch on NHL.TV

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