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Nashville Hosts Ottawa with Trade Deadline In the Rearview

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

A five-game homestand continues tonight for the Nashville Predators as they host the Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena. This is the second and final contest between the two clubs this season; the Preds fell in overtime to the Senators in December.

The Predators are coming off a weekend that saw them collect three out of a possible four points, including a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday against Columbus. Nashville continues to battle for playoff positioning, and although they remain on the outside looking in, they continue to have games in hand on the competition.

"We've got to focus," Preds Head Coach John Hynes said Monday. "We had a good day [of practice yesterday]. We've got to focus in on Ottawa and then just take it day by day. Whether we're home or we're on the road, we want to make sure that our mental focus and our command level, the way we play the game is going to be at the right way, and that's going to give us a chance to win.

The Preds made one deal prior to Monday's NHL Trade Deadline by sending defenseman Matt Irwin and a 2022 sixth-round pick to Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Korbinian Holzer. Holzer is expected to be available to the Predators tonight against the Senators.

Forward Mikael Granlund missed Monday's practice and way given a maintenance day. Goaltender Pekka Rinne was also absent from the session due to illness. Hynes stated Granlund should be able to play tonight against the Senators.

Video: GM David Poile on the 2020 Trade Deadline

Last Time Out:

Ryan Johansen, Mikael Granlund and Colton Sissons scored in regulation for the Predators before Grimaldi won it in the shootout. Filip Forsberg and Ryan Ellis also tallied in the shootout, and Juuse Saros made six stops in the penalty shot competition to earn the victory in net.

Roman Josi leads the Preds with 57 points, followed by Forsberg with 42 and Matt Duchene with 38. Forsberg has 18 goals, Nick Bonino and Craig Smith have 17 tallies apiece, and Granlund has 15 goals on the season.

Video: Predators defeat Blue Jackets in shootout, 4-3

The Opposition:

Ottawa dropped their third-straight game last night with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Senators were active during Monday's Trade Deadline sending players like J.G. Pageau, Tyler Ennis and Vladislav Namestnikov elsewhere.

Brady Tkachuk and Connor Bwon are tied for the team lead with 38 points apiece, followed by Anthony Duclair with 37. Duclair has 22 goals on the season, Tkachuk has 18 and Brown has 13 goals. Marcus Hogberg got the start last night for the Senators, so the Preds could face Craig Anderson in net this evening. 

Video: Korbinian Holzer excited to be with Nashville

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 14-10-(0)-4 all-time against the Senators, including an 8-4-(0)-1 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won eight of its last 12 games (8-1-3) against Ottawa. Overall, the Preds have earned at least a point in nine consecutive games versus the Sens (6-0-3).

On home ice, the Preds are on a five-game winning streak against the Senators, a run that dates back to Oct. 9, 2014. Nashville has scored at least three goals in nine consecutive games versus the Senators.

Notables Versus Ottawa:

Ryan Ellis has 13 points (4g-9a) in 14 career meetings with the Sens, including 10 (4g-6a) in his last eight games. Roman Josi is on a five-game point streak (4g-4a) against Ottawa. He's tallied 13 points (5g-8a) in 14 career meetings with the Senators, including three points (2g-1a) on Dec. 17, 2018 against Ottawa.

Matt Duchene has 10 points (4g-6a) in 14 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. Pekka Rinne is 8-3-0 in 12 career starts against the Senators.

Video: Coach Hynes previews the Senators

When You Go:

Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop. 

Tonight marks the fifth and final Fan Foodie Night of the 2019-20 season. In celebration of Mardi Gras, all fans in attendance will receive 50 percent off all food and soft drink purchases.

If you can't make it down to Bridgestone Arena for tonight's game, you can still catch all the action at Margaritaville (322 Broadway). Join the Preds Energy Team at this official Preds Approved location to watch as the Nashville Predators take on the Ottawa Senators and enjoy the camaraderie of Smashville while receiving Preds giveaways and more.

Watch and Listen:

Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Smashville Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 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 6 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.

If the Predators are playing hockey, you can count on the game being on at Preds Approved Bars & Restaurants. Locations throughout Tennessee may be seen by clicking here.

Streaming Info:

Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).

Watch a Live Stream of the game on the Fox Sports Go App or Watch on NHL.TV

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