The Fathers Trip concludes this afternoon in Carolina as the Preds look for a perfect end to the excursion with the dads. The Preds and Hurricanes get together at noon CT today with Nashville seeking their fifth consecutive victory in the first of two meetings with the Canes this season.
The Predators began the Fathers Trip with a win in St. Louis on Friday night, and as Head Coach Peter Laviolette stated, there's always some extra motivation when the dads are along for the ride.
Nashville did not practice on Saturday in Carolina, so Laviolette's lineup will be revealed when the team hits the ice for warmups at PNC Arena today.
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Last Time Out:
Pekka Rinne recorded his 45th career shutout as the Preds defeated the St. Louis Blues by a 2-0 final. Ryan Johansen was the only player to beat a goaltender on the evening when he scored less than three minutes into the contest, before Austin Watson capitalized with an empty net to seal the win late in the third.
Filip Forsberg collected an assist on Johansen's goal to give him points in seven-straight games, while Johansen's assist on Watson's goal was the 200th of his career. With the shutout, Rinne passed one of his idols, Miikka Kiprusoff, to record the most shutouts by a Finnish-born netminder in NHL history.
Carolina is coming off a 5-4 loss to Toronto on Friday night, but the Hurricanes outshot the Maple Leafs 47-25 on the night and scored three times in the third period. The Canes have five wins in 11 tries in the month of November.
Teuvo Teravainen leads the club with 21 points, followed by Sebastian Aho with 18 points. Jeff Skinner has nine goals on the season, Teravainen has eight and Jordan Staal has seven. Cam Ward was pulled in Friday's loss to Toronto and is 3-2-0 on the season; Scott Darling is 6-6-4 in net.
Video: The Predators look for their fifth straight win
The Predators are 14-8-1-2 all-time against the Hurricanes, including a 5-6-1-1 record at PNC Arena. Nashville has earned at least one point in four of its last five games against Carolina, including a three-game win streak from Jan. 6, 2015 to Jan. 2, 2016.
The Preds won their first game as an NHL franchise on Oct. 13, 1998, in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes. Andrew Brunette scored the franchise's first goal at 5:12 of the first period.
Notables Versus Carolina:
Ryan Johansen has seven points (2g-5a) in 12 meetings with the Hurricanes and had a four-game point streak (1g-3a) against Carolina from Jan. 27, 2014 to Nov. 4, 2014. P.K. Subban had a six-game point streak (2g-4a) against the Hurricanes from Feb. 26, 2011 to Feb. 13, 2012, as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. Filip Forsberg has three points (1g-2a) in six career games against Carolina.
Watch & Listen:
Today's game from Carolina comes with a 12 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live Pregame beginning at 11:30 a.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 PNC Arena.
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