With the Thanksgiving feasts now complete, the Nashville Predators are back on the road for the first back-to-back set of games this season, and it starts tonight (at 6:30 p.m. CT) in Carolina against the Hurricanes. It's the first of two meetings between the two clubs; the Canes will visit the Preds in February.
Nashville saw their two-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night, as they fell to the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime by a 4-3 final. After falling behind 2-0, the Preds came back to score three-straight goals, but Vegas tied the game with 0.3 seconds to play in regulation before prevailing in OT. Even with the loss, the Preds have points in three-straight outings, and at the very least, they intend on keeping that streak alive.
"It's never easy losing a game like that, but we just have to remember we've been playing good hockey, and we've been outplaying teams even if we're losing games," Preds forward Mikael Granlund said. "We just have to keep moving forward, battling and playing hard and we're going to stack up some wins."
The Predators did not practice on Thanksgiving before departing for Carolina.
Video: NSH Recap: Predators earn a point in 4-3 OT loss
Last Time Out:
Granlund, Ryan Ellis and Matt Duchene scored for the Preds in Wednesday's overtime loss, and Juuse Saros started his third consecutive game. Preds Captain Roman Josi continues to lead the club with 24 points, followed by Duchene and Ellis with 19 points apiece. Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino are tied for the team lead with 10 goals each; Calle Jarnkrok has eight.
The Hurricanes have points in six of their last eight games, but they lost on Wednesday evening to the New York Rangers by a 3-2 score. Andrei Svechnikov leads the team in scoring with 28 points, followed by Dougie Hamilton and Teuvo Teravainen with 26 points each. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 12 goals, followed by Svechnikov with 11 and Hamilton with 10. Petr Mrazek is 11-5-1 in net for the Hurricanes; James Reimer is 4-4-0.
The Predators are 14-11-(1)-3 all-time against the Hurricanes, including a 5-7-(1)-2 record at PNC Arena.
Nashville has dropped six-straight games to the Hurricanes, with their last win over Carolina coming on Jan. 2, 2016. Nashville is seeking its first victory in Carolina since Jan. 2, 2016, a three-game stretch.
Notables Versus Carolina:
Ryan Ellis has points in six of his last seven games against the Hurricanes, recording a goal and six assists. In his career, Ellis has nine points (2g-7a) in 11 games versus Carolina.
Mikael Granlund has produced at a point-per-game pace in his career against Carolina, tallying 11 points (4g-7a) in 11 contests. He's also on a three-game point streak versus the Hurricanes (2g-2a).
Ryan Johansen has nine points (2g-7a) in 16 meetings with the Hurricanes, and Filip Forsberg has five points (3g-2a) in nine career meetings with the Hurricanes. Daniel Carr has two goals in five career contests against Carolina.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 6:30 p.m. CT puck drop at PNC Arena begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6 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. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 5:30 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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