The Nashville Predators are in the Canadian capital to face the Ottawa Senators tonight in the third contest of a four-game trip. Tonight's game is the first of two meetings this season between the clubs; Nashville will host Ottawa in February.
The current excursion couldn't have started much better for the Preds, as they took a pair of back-to-back games in New York. After defeating the Rangers 5-2 on Monday night, Nashville crushed the Islanders on Tuesday with an 8-3 victory, just one goal shy of tying a franchise record for a single game.
Next up is a contest in Ottawa, as the Predators try to ascend the Western Conference standings and pick up as many points as they can with just three games remaining before the Christmas break.
"The guys know that it's an important road trip, and things can definitely be lost on the road trip," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said following Tuesday's win. "Right now, we're moving one game at a time to try and move our way up the standings, take some of the games in hand and possibly turn them into wins before Christmas. So, there are positives that can come from it, but I still think that there's a lot of hockey to be played after Christmas as well."
Mikael Granlund (lower-body, day-to-day) did not play in either of the New York games. Viktor Arvidsson remains on Injured Reserve with a lower-body injury, but he has begun skating with the team once more.
Video: Predators erupt for eight goals in rout of Islanders
Last Time Out:
Craig Smith scored twice, and Filip Forsberg, Nick Bonino, Rocco Grimaldi, Calle Jarnkrok, Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen also tallied in the 8-3 victory on Long Island. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for his 11th win of the season.
Tuesday's offensive explosion marked just the third time in team history the Preds had at least eight skaters register two or more points in a single game.
Josi is the first Preds player to reach 30 points this season, and he's followed by Jarnkrok and Ryan Ellis with 25 points each. Filip Forsberg has 24 points to his name, and Nick Bonino has 22. Bonino's 13 goals lead the club, while Jarnkrok and Forsberg have 12 apiece.
The Senators have points in four of their last five, but they've also dropped two straight, including a 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay. Anthony Duclair has been on a tear as of late and leads the team with 19 goals and 26 points, followed by J.G. Pageau with 16 goals and 24 points. Brady Tkachuk has 11 goals on the season, and Connor Brown and Thomas Chabot - who skated over 37 minutes in Ottawa's last game, the second-highest total in NHL history - have 21 points apiece. Anders Nilsson is 9-9-2 on the season for the Sens, and Marcus Hoberg is up with the team with a 0-1-1 record.
The Predators are 14-10-(0)-3 all-time against the Senators, including a 6-6-(0)-2 record on the road. Nashville has won eight of its last 11 games (8-1-2) against Ottawa.
The Preds have points in four in a row (2-0-2) and seven of their last nine games (5-2-2) at the Canadian Tire Centre. Nashville has scored at least three goals in eight consecutive games versus the Senators.
Notables Versus Ottawa:
Ryan Ellis has 11 points (4g-7a) in 13 career meetings with the Sens, including eight (4g-4a) in his last seven games. Roman Josi is on a four-game point streak (3g-4a) against Ottawa. He's tallied 12 points (4g-8a) in 13 career meetings with the Senators, including three points (2g-1a) in his last game against Ottawa.
Matt Duchene has eight points (4g-4a) in 13 career games against his former club. He spent parts of two seasons with the Senators from 2017-19, recording 107 points (50g-57a) in 118 games.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 6:30 p.m. (CT) puck drop at the Canadian Tire Centre 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.
Tonight's Preds Official Watch Party takes place at The Cowan at Topgolf. Come see all the action with GNASH and the Energy Team with chances to win prizes like an NHL Winter Classic jersey, NHL Winter Classic tumbler or tickets to the Dec. 23 Predators game. Free admission for all ages begins 30 minutes before puck drop.
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