The Nashville Predators return home looking to win their second game in as many nights as they host the Dallas Stars this evening at Bridgestone Arena. It's the third of five meetings this season between the two divisional foes - and the first of two within the next week. The Preds topped the Stars in overtime back in November, before being shut out by Dallas two days after Christmas.
Nashville used a four-goal third period on Friday night in Florida to collect two points in a 4-1 victory over the Panthers. It was the third consecutive victory for the Preds, and they've allowed just one goal in each of them.
The Predators are likely to be without forwards Kyle Turris, Miikka Salomaki and Zac Rinaldo again tonight with all three on Injured Reserve.
Video: Arvidsson, Forsberg pace Predators past Panthers, 4-1
Last Time Out:
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice on Friday night in Florida, the first of which was his 20th goal of the season. The winger is the first member of the Preds to hit the mark this season, and Arvidsson now has 21 goals in just 29 games on the campaign.
Roman Josi and Kevin Fiala also tallied on the night, while Juuse Saros stopped 27 of 28 shots in net to collect his 13th win of the season.
Ryan Johansen leads the Preds with 44 points, followed by Josi with 38 and Mattias Ekholm with 37. Arvidsson's 21 goals are followed by Filip Forsberg with 18, then Craig Smith and Nick Bonino with 14 apiece.
Video: Arvidsson, Ellis, Forsberg talk Preds vs. Stars
Dallas was also in action last night and collected a 3-1 win over Minnesota in Texas. Tyler Seguin leads the club with 20 goals and 47 points, followed by Alexander Radulov with 41 points and Jamie Benn with 35. Ben Bishop got the win for the Stars on Friday, meaning the Preds are likely to face Anton Khudobin tonight.
The Predators are 36-39-(1)-5 all-time against the Stars, including a 24-14-(1)-2 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has earned at least a point in seven of their last eight games versus Dallas (6-1-1) and has scored at least four goals in seven of their last eight victories over the Stars.
Notables Versus Dallas:
Roman Josi has recorded 21 points (8g-13a) in 29 career contests against Dallas, including a four-point game (2g-2a) on Feb. 25, 2013. Craig Smith has 16 points (8g-8a) in 31 meetings with the Stars, while Ryan Johansen has recorded two multi-point games in his last four appearances versus Dallas. He's posted 19 points (6g-13a) in 26 career games against the Stars.
Video: Current, former Preds reflect on playing with Tootoo
When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT prior to this evening's 7 p.m. puck drop.
It's Jordin Tootoo Night in Nashville with the Preds set to honor one of the most popular players in franchise history throughout the game. In celebration of his return to Nashville, all fans in attendance will receive a Jordin Tootoo player card courtesy of Bridgestone. Visit the Foundation Area (outside of Section 106/107) to purchase a Tootoo whistle and be sure to arrive early for a pregame ceremony honoring his time with the Predators. The Foundation table will also be selling signed copies of Tootoo's book, "All the Way: My Life on Ice."
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. 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. 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.
Video: Coach Laviolette previews tonight's matchup
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