After putting an end to their three-game skid, the Nashville Predators have a chance to start a win streak tonight in Vegas against the Golden Knights. It's the third and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds have a chance for the season sweep over Vegas this evening.
Brian Boyle tallied his first as a member of the Preds on Thursday night as Nashville topped Montreal by a 3-1 final. It was Nashville's first victory in a week, and although the Predators were coming up on the wrong side of the ledger during that span, those in the locker room didn't see any reason to panic.
A two-goal third period on Thursday helped lead the Preds to their 34th win of the season, and entering Friday's action, Nashville sat just two points back of Winnipeg for the Central Division lead.
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"We can play a little bit better and try to find a full 60 minutes that we are happy with our game," Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne said following Thursday's win. "But at the end of the day, these two points are the most important thing."
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Last Time Out:
Ryan Hartman snapped a personal 27-game scoreless drought, and Viktor Arvidsson continued his torrid pace with both forwards scoring against the Habs on Thursday, in addition to Boyle's tally. Rinne stopped 34 shots on the night to collect the win, and Ryan Johansen extended his season-long point streak to six games.
Johansen's 53 points lead the Preds, followed by Captain Roman Josi with 46 and defenseman Mattias Ekholm with 40. (Ekholm missed Thursday's game due to illness.) Arvidsson's 26 goals are tops on the team, followed by Filip Forsberg with 20 and Craig Smith with 16.
The Golden Knights have dropped three straight, including a 6-3 result against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch are tied for the team lead with 40 points apiece, followed by William Karlsson with 37 points. Marchessault leads the club with 19 goals, Karlsson has 18 and Tuch has 16, along with Max Pacioretty. Marc-Andre Fleury is 29-18-4 in net for Vegas; P.K. Subban's brother, Malcolm, is 2-5-0.
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The Predators are 3-1-1 all-time against the Golden Knights, including a 1-1-0 record at T-Mobile Arena. Nashville claimed the first two matchups of the season, including its first-ever victory in Vegas - a 2-1 decision - on Jan. 23.
In Nashville's first-ever game against Vegas on Dec. 8, 2017, the Preds got goals from Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Nick Bonino but fell, 4-3, in a shootout.
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Notables Versus Vegas:
Kevin Fiala (1g-3a) is Nashville's all-time points leader against Vegas, with Viktor Arvidsson (1g-2a) in second. Six Predators players have recorded two points in the team's four meetings with the Golden Knights.
Juuse Saros is 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .983 save percentage and one shutout versus Vegas in his career. Saros made a career-high 47 saves in Nashville's 2-1 victory at Vegas on Jan. 23. 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.
Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game from T-Mobile Arena comes with a 9 p.m. (CT) start. Coverage on Fox Sports Tennessee begins at 8:30 p.m. with Predators Live with Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley. Fans may listen to the contest on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network with Pete Weber and Hal Gill on the call. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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