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Nashville Hosts Dallas for Second Time On Current Homestand; Boyle, McLeod Could Be Available to Play Tonight

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

There could be some new faces in the Nashville lineup tonight as the Predators look for revenge against the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena. It's the fourth of five meetings between the divisional rivals this season - and the second one in this current homestand - the first game saw Dallas prevail, 3-1.

Predators General Manager David Poile was busy on Wednesday as he made two separate deals to acquire forward Brian Boyle from the New Jersey Devils and forward Cody McLeod from the New York Rangers. There hasn't been confirmation on whether either player will dress tonight against the Stars, but Poile was hopeful they could both be available.

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Poile also announced on Wednesday that the team will be without forward Zac Rinaldo for the remainder of the season due to shoulder surgery.

Video: Balanced attack propels Preds past Coyotes, 5-2

Last Time Out:

The Predators bounced back from Saturday's loss to Dallas with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. Craig Smith, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Ellis, Calle Jarnkrok and Roman Josi all tallied on the night, while Pekka Rinne earned the win in net. Forsberg's tally came with the man advantage as the Predators snapped a 0-for-34 skid.

Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Preds in points with 45, followed by Josi with 41 and Mattias Ekholm with 38. Viktor Arvidsson is tops in goals with 21, followed by Forsberg with 19, Smith with 15 and Nick Bonino with 14.

Video: GM Poile explains acquisition of Boyle, McLeod

The Opposition:

Including their 3-1 win over the Preds on Saturday and a 5-4 victory against the Coyotes on Monday night, the Stars have won five-straight outings. Tyler Seguin leads the club with 22 goals and 50 points, followed by Alexander Radulov with 43 points and Jamie Benn with 37. Goaltender Anton Khudobin, who has only allowed one goal in two meetings with the Predators this season, is 9-9-2 overall with a .926 save percentage.

Video: Brian Boyle says he's excited for debut with Preds

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 36-40-(1)-5 all-time against the Stars, including a 24-15-(1)-2 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has earned at least a point in seven of its last nine games versus Dallas (6-2-1) and has scored at least four goals in seven of its last eight victories over the Stars.

Notables Versus Dallas:

Roman Josi has recorded 22 points (8g-13a) in 30 career contests versus Dallas, including a four-point game (2g-2a) on Feb. 25, 2013. Craig Smith has 16 points (8g-8a) in 32 meetings with the Stars, and Calle Jarnkrok has four points (3g-1a) in his last five games against Dallas and 11 points (7g-4a) in 23 career meetings with the Stars.

Ryan Johansen has recorded two multi-point games in his last five appearance against Dallas, while Viktor Arvidsson has tallied 10 points (4g-6a) and P.K. Subban has posted nine points (1g-8a) in each of their last 12 contests against the Stars.

Video: McLeod returns for his second stint with the Preds

When You Go:

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

Be sure to stop by the Preds Foundation area outside of Section 106/107 to bid on unique items and purchase autographed memorabilia.

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: Kyle Turris talks about his return from injury

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 App or Watch on NHL.TV

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