The second contest of Nashville's three-game road trip comes tonight in Las Vegas when the Predators face the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. It's the first of three meetings on the season between the two clubs; the Preds will host Vegas twice this season in Tennessee.
The Predators began their trip with a defeat at the hands of the Kings on Saturday. Nashville entered the third period down 4-1 but scored three times to tie the game midway through the period. However, Los Angeles got the winner with less than a minute to play in regulation before adding two more late to hand the Preds a loss in their first road game of the season.
"If you're going to shoot yourself in the foot, it's better to do it at the start of the year and learn from it than do it at the end of the year," Preds forward Matt Duchene said following the loss. "We've got to take the lessons from tonight."
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Tonight, Nashville will face a Vegas club with similar, impressive offensive capabilities. The Golden Knights scored a total of 11 goals through two games last weekend, and all but three players who have appeared in at least one game have registered a point.
Forward Rocco Grimaldi, who has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, skated on a line with Kyle Turris and Austin Watson on Monday's practice in Las Vegas. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said Grimaldi will "most likely" return to the Nashville lineup soon.
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Last Time Out:
Mikael Granlund, Viktor Arvidsson, Matt Duchene and Colton Sissons all tallied for the Preds on Saturday in Los Angeles. Duchene, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen all have at least a point in all five games this season, and Duchene has scored in two-straight for the Preds. Nashville also scored a power-play goal for the fourth-consecutive game, a feat they did not accomplish all of last season.
Duchene leads the club with nine points, followed by Forsberg and Johansen with seven points each. Arvidsson and the defensive trio of Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm all have five points apiece. Forsberg leads the club with four goals; Arvidsson has three. Pekka Rinne is 3-0-0 for the Preds in net.
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The Golden Knights are 4-2-0 through six games this season, including a 5-2 win over the Kings on Sunday. Vegas has scored at least three goals in all but one of their games.
Mark Stone leads the team with four goals and nine points, followed by Max Pacioretty with eight points. Reilly Smith has also scored four goals for Vegas; Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek have three goals each. Marc-Andre Fleury is 4-1-0 in net for the Golden Knights with a .933 save percentage.
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The Predators are 3-2-1 all-time against the Knights, including a 1-2-0 record at T-Mobile Arena. Nashville has won three of its last four games against Vegas, allowing one goal or fewer in each of its victories.
The Preds' lone road win over the Golden Knights came on Jan. 23, 2019, in a 1-0 decision. 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.
Notables Versus Vegas:
Calle Jarnkrok scored Nashville's first-ever goal versus Vegas on Dec. 8, 2017.
Matt Duchene (3g), Kyle Turris (3a) and Viktor Arvidsson (2g-1a) are Nashville's career points leaders against the Golden Knights. Jarnkrok (2g), Nick Bonino (2g), Roman Josi (2a) and Mikael Granlund are the other Preds players to have multiple points versus Vegas.
Juuse Saros is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and one shutout against Vegas in his career. Saros made a career-high 47 saves in Nashville's 2-1 victory at Vegas on Jan. 23, 2019. 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.
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Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 9 p.m. (CT) puck drop in Las Vegas begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 8:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley 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. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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