It's only worth two points in the standings, but tonight's game is just about as big as one can be in the regular season.
The Nashville Predators, winners of three-straight games, return to Bridgestone Arena tonight after a four-game road trip to host the Pittsburgh Penguins, the first meeting between the two teams in Nashville since the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
And if the matchup wasn't enough, tonight will also mark the Predators debut of newly acquired centerman Kyle Turris, the latest addition to a Nashville club looking to add just two more wins than they saw last postseason.
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Saturday night's alright, indeed.
"The guys know who we're playing," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "They're the defending champs, and they went through us to get there, so it's obviously a big game, but it's also a big game just to keep things moving in the right direction. I think guys will be excited to play."
Video: Turris looks ahead to his debut; Rinne talks Penguins
Last Time Out:
The Predators concluded their four-game trip with three-straight victories, including a 3-1 win in Columbus on Tuesday night. Calle Jarnkrok tallied the game-winner, while Matt Irwin and Viktor Arvidsson also added goals. Pekka Rinne stopped 35 shots to collect his seventh win of the season.
The Penguins will be playing the second half of a back-to-back set this evening after falling 4-1 to the Washington Capitals on Friday night, giving them losses in five of their last seven outings. Phil Kessel leads the team with 20 points, followed by Evgeni Malkin (19) and Sidney Crosby (13). Malkin and Kessel have scored seven goals, Conor Sheary has six, while Crosby and former Pred Patric Hornqvist have five each.
Video: Peter Laviolette talks about facing the Penguins
The Predators are 11-11-2-2 all-time against the Penguins, including a 7-4-0-2 record at Bridgestone Arena. In the first of two meetings between Nashville and Pittsburgh this season, the Pens defeated the Preds, 4-0, at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 7. Nashville has outscored Pittsburgh 9-1 in its last two regular-season wins over the Penguins.
7th Man Banner Unveil:
Tonight, the Nashville Predators are honoring all of Smashville with the unveiling of the new 7th Man Banner. This banner, which will hang in the rafters of Bridgestone Arena, celebrates the passion, excitement and dedication our fans displayed throughout Smashville, the state of Tennessee and across the globe during last spring's historic run to the Stanley Cup Final. Our unwavering fans enabled our organization to recently honored as the No. 1 sports franchise by ESPN and created the loudest building in professional sports. The banner is laced with the names of all Season-Ticket Citizens, Preds and Bridgestone Arena staff and employees, as well as players and coaches, while the "7" represents all other Preds fans worldwide, honoring them for their contribution to our historic success.
When You Go:
The Predators are honoring all men and women who have and currently serve in our armed forces during tonight's game. Veterans Day will be celebrated inside Bridgestone Arena and will feature pregame military jerseys, auction items and various other elements through the game. All fans in attendance will receive a 7th Man rally towel in honor of the 7th Man Banner unveil this evening.
Video: Turris to make debut as Predators host Penguins
Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game from Bridgestone Arena comes with a 7 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates from Nashville.
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.