The home-and-home set didn't start in Nashville's favor, but the Predators have another chance against the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs, as they finish off the back-to-back tonight at PPG Paints Arena.
The Preds had points in five-straight games coming out of the Christmas break, but a 5-2 loss to the Penguins at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night put an end to that success. Pittsburgh scored three in the first period to chase Pekka Rinne from the Nashville net, and the visitors added two more in the second with Juuse Saros on in relief.
"We worked hard, but they got some bounces early in the game, and we were chasing," Preds forward Viktor Arvidsson said. "The second period was better, and I think we tried to push and push, but we weren't good enough in front of our net. They won that battle, and they won the game."
Colton Sissons (lower-body) and Dan Hamhuis (upper-body) were both injured in the first period on Friday and did not return. Their status for tonight's game is not yet known. On Friday morning, the Predators recalled forward Colin Blackwell and defenseman Jarred Tinordi from Milwaukee. Neither player dressed in the first outing of the home-and-home.
Video: NSH Recap: Arvidsson, Smith score in Predators' loss
Last Time Out:
Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson tallied for the Preds in Friday's loss. Preds Captain Roman Josi - who was appearing in his 600th career game - saw his five-game goal streak come to an end, but he did extend his point streak to six games to match a career high.
Josi continues to lead the Preds in points with 36, followed by Ryan Ellis with 28, and then Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok with 26 points apiece. Josi and Forsberg pace the team with 14 goals each, followed by Nick Bonino with 13 and Jarnkrok with 12.
Dominik Simon, Alex Galchenyuk, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust and Juuso Riikola all tallied for the Penguins in Friday's win. Pittsburgh has lost just twice in 10 games in the month of December.
Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins with 18 goals and 38 points, followed by Evgeni Malkin with 32 points. Rust has 14 goals and 26 points; Jared McCann has 10 goals and 22 points. Tristan Jarry got the win last night in net for the Penguins, meaning the Preds could face Matt Murray tonight.
The Predators are 13-12-(2)-3 all-time against the Penguins, including 5-7-(2)-0 record on the road. Overall, the Preds have earned a point in three of their last four games versus the Penguins (2-1-1).
Notables Versus Pittsburgh:
Kyle Turris recorded his first goal with the Predators on Nov. 11, 2017, versus Pittsburgh. He has 16 points (6g-10a) in 22 career tilts against the Penguins. Filip Forsberg has seven points (7a) in his last 10 games against Pittsburgh. The Penguins are one of two teams (Ottawa) Forsberg has not scored a goal against in his career.
Calle Jarnkrok has four points (3g-1a) in his past seven games versus Pittsburgh, including a two-point (1g-1a) effort on Jan. 31, 2017. Ryan Johansen (4g-6a) and Matt Duchene (8g-2a) each have 10 career points against the Penguins.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 6 p.m. (CT) puck drop at PPG Paints Arena begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 5:30 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. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 5 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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