The Nashville Predators are set to conclude their three-game homestand with a contest against the New York Rangers, featuring a special 1 p.m. CT start. Today also marks one of two Hockey Fights Cancer games held by the Predators as part of a League-wide initiative to raise funds to fight the disease.
The Preds have points in six-consecutive games, but their four-game win streak came to an end on Thursday when they fell to the Calgary Flames by a 6-5 final in overtime. Nashville led 4-1 to start the third period, but the Flames scored four in the third before tallying the winner with just two seconds to play in OT.
Today, the Preds have a chance to get back on track at home before departing for a four-game trip that will take them away from Bridgestone Arena for the next two weeks.
"When I see them [at practice on Friday], we'll go through some things and we'll get ready for the next game," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said following Thursday's loss. "This is a veteran group, and they'll bounce back. They'll move past this."
The Preds practiced on Friday, with everyone present and accounted for, including forward Austin Watson who signed a three-year deal on Thursday that was announced during the game.
Video: NSH Recap: Watson has four points in OT loss
Last Time Out:
Watson recorded the first four-point game of his career (2g-2a), and Calle Jarnkrok scored twice while shorthanded in the 6-5 overtime loss to the Flames. Nick Bonino also tallied for the Preds to follow up his hat trick on Tuesday. Goaltender Pekka Rinne took the loss on Thursday, but he still extended his season-opening point streak to nine games (7-0-2), a mark good enough to pass Tomas Vokoun (7-0-1 in 2005-06) for the Preds franchise record.
Defenseman Ryan Ellis leads the Preds in scoring with 14 points, followed by Captain Roman Josi with 13, and then Bonino, Jarnkrok and Matt Duchene with 11 points each. Bonino leads the club with seven goals; Josi, Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg all have five apiece.
The Rangers have points in three of their last four games, including a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 11 points, followed by newcomer Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome with 10 points each. Panarin has five goals on the season; Zibanejad and Tony DeAngelo have four tallies to their credit. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is 2-3-0 on the season with a .906 save percentage; Alexandar Georgiev is 2-2-1 with a .924 save percentage.
The Predators are 12-13-(1)-2 all-time against the Rangers, including a 5-6-(0)-2 record at Bridgestone Arena.Nashville has picked up a win in two of its last three games versus New York.
At home, the Preds have earned at least a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1) against the Rangers.
Notables Versus New York:
Roman Josi has eight points (2g-6a) in 13 career games versus the Rangers, including two multi-point efforts. Ryan Johansen (3a) and Mattias Ekholm (1g-2a) have each posted three points in their last five games against the Rangers.
Mikael Granlund has averaged more than a point per game versus the Rangers in his career, recording 13 points (4g-9a) in 11 games, including five (3g-2a) in his last two games. Granlund matched his career high for points in a game with four (2g-2a) against New York on Feb. 23, 2018.
Colton Sissons has four points (2g-2a) in his last two games against the Rangers.
Predators to Unveil 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Jersey:
Prior to today's game, the Preds will reveal the jersey they will wear when they face the Dallas Stars at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day. Fans are invited to the Bridgestone Arena plaza at 11 a.m. CT to get a first look at the new threads.
Video: Hockey Fights Cancer: Who do you fight for?
Hockey Fights Cancer:
Today marks the first of two Hockey Fights Cancer Games the Preds will host this season, and there are plenty of ways for fans to help the cause.
Special guests from the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt will visit Bridgestone Arena and the young hockey fans will have an extra-special experience with the Nashville Predators. In addition to enjoying the game, they will interview with Terry Crisp and Lyndsay Rowley, ride on the Zamboni, take part in a postgame meet-and-greet with players and participate in Zebra's Care, a charitable organization run by the NHL Officials Association.
Donations will be collected at all main entrances and there will be silent auctions that feature specialty jerseys worn by the players. To bid, text PREDS to 52182. All proceeds will benefit the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.
For $10, at the Predators Foundation area (outside of Section 106/107) fans can purchase an "I FIGHT FOR…" lavender foam puck to honor or commemorate someone who has been affected by cancer. They will receive one puck to take home and one to add to the Hockey Fights Cancer bin - which represents all those we're fighting for and in memory of in Smashville. Proceeds benefit the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.
Hockey Fights Cancer pucks ($30) and lapel pins ($5) will also be available at the Foundation table. In the Foundation area and outside of Section 315, fans will be able to create "I Fight For…" posters.
When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors will open at 11:30 a.m. CT ahead today's 1 p.m. puck drop. All fans in attendance will receive an LED rally towel.
Before heading to 4th Avenue and Demonbreun for the Saturday Night in Smashville March to the Game, be sure to stop by the Bridgestone Arena plaza party, starting at 11 a.m. Fans are encouraged to show up loud, proud and GOLD for the Saturday Night in Smashville March to the Game today. Meet at 4th Avenue and Demonbreun at 12:20 p.m. CT to join in on Smashville's newest tradition. Bring a sign or make one when you get to the plaza to show on FOX Sports Tennessee's Saturday Night in Smashville.
Watch and Listen:
Coverage for today's contest begins with Saturday Night in Smashville, live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 12:30 p.m. with Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer 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 12 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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