Less than 24 hours after finishing off a 5-4 thriller in Washington, the Nashville Predators will try for their second win in as many nights, this time in New Jersey against the Devils. The contest is the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds topped the Devils in Nashville back in December.
The Predators came out of the bye week with a disappointing loss to Toronto on Monday night, and after seeing a 3-1 lead evaporate in the Nation's Capital against the League's top team, it looked as though another defeat may be coming. However, Nashville refused to buckle, and after the Caps entered the third with a 4-3 advantage, the Predators came back with two of their own to win a wild one in Washington.
"That was a gutsy win for us in here," Preds defenseman Jarred Tinordi said. "We started the game the way we wanted to, and then we had some bad breaks in the second period. But the group found a way to do it in the third period, and it took a lot of guts. Hopefully, this is the thing that we build off of."
Tinordi, who re-entered the lineup on Wednesday, tallied his first NHL goal in career game No. 61. Tinordi skated alongside Mattias Ekholm, and three of the four lines up front had different looks for the Preds. Colton Sissons (IR) did not play in Washington, but he is on the trip and could return soon.
Predators Head Coach John Hynes, who was behind the Devils bench from 2015 until early December of this season, will make his first return to New Jersey since joining the Preds earlier this month.
Because of the back-to-back situation, the Preds will not hold a morning skate prior to facing the Devils tonight.
Update: Hynes announced this afternoon Sissons will return to the lineup tonight in New Jersey. Colin Blackwell will exit in his place. Pekka Rinne will start against the Devils.
Video: Johansen, Forsberg lift Predators past Capitals
Last Time Out:
In addition to Tinordi, Mikael Granlund, Rocco Grimaldi, Ryan Johansen and Yannick Weber scored in Wednesday's victory, with Juuse Saros earning the win in net. Granlund's goal came on the power play, Johansen's was shorthanded and Weber potted the game-winner late in regulation.
Preds Captain Roman Josi leads the club with 49 points, followed by Filip Forsberg with 35 and Matt Duchene with 32. Forsberg has 16 goals on the season, Josi and Nick Bonino have 14 each, and Calle Jarnkrok and Viktor Arvidsson have each tallied 12.
The Devils sit near the bottom of the League standings and had a three-game losing streak entering the bye week, before defeating the Senators in a shootout on Monday. Kyle Palmieri leads the team with 32 points, followed by Nico Hischier with 30 points and Nikita Gusev with 29. Blake Coleman has 19 goals, Palmieri has 17 goals and Hischier has 12. Mackenzie Blackwood is 15-12-6 in net for New Jersey; Louis Domingue is 3-5-0.
Former Preds forward Wayne Simmonds has 19 points on the season, and defenseman P.K. Subban has six goals and 11 points in 49 games with the Devils.
Video: Hynes recaps wild, back-and-forth win for the Preds
The Predators are 15-9-(0)-6 all-time against the Devils, including a 9-4-(0)-1 record on the road. Overall, the Preds have earned a point in nine-straight games against the Devils, going 6-0-3.
Nashville hasn't lost in regulation to New Jersey since March 3, 2015. Since the start of the 2010s decade, the Preds are 9-3-4 against the Devils, grabbing points in 13 of their 16 meetings. The Preds are riding a four-game winning streak (4-0-0) at the Prudential Center.
Notables Versus New Jersey:
Matt Duchene has averaged nearly a point per game in his career versus the Devils, tallying six goals and 17 points in 18 games. He has eight points (3g-5a) in his last five meetings with New Jersey, including consecutive three-point efforts on Feb. 6, 2018, and Nov. 6, 2018.
Mattias Ekholm is on a seven-game point streak versus New Jersey, picking up three goals and seven assists with a +7 rating. Roman Josi has eight points (3g-5a) in his last eight games against the Devils, and Mikael Granlund has 11 points (5g-6a) in 12 career games versus New Jersey.
Watch & Listen:
Tonight's contest from the Prudential Center is being shown nationally on NBCSN. Fans may also tune in on ESPN 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network with Pete Weber and Hal Gill on the call. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins with Darren McFarland at 5:30 p.m. CT. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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