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Projected Lineup: Jets vs. Predators

After Watson Suspension, Predators Recall Aberg, Saros for Tilt Versus Jets

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Two of the top three teams in the Central Division do battle in Smashville as the Nashville Predators host the Winnipeg Jets tonight (at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (11-6-2) has won six of seven games, including a 5-2 blasting of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. In the contest, forward Austin Watson was assessed a boarding major and later suspended for the next two games. As a result, the Predators recalled forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Juuse Saros, while assigning netminder Anders Lindback to Milwaukee.

The Jets (12-4-3) sit second in the Central after a blazing start and have won four consecutive games. Tonight's contest marks the first of five meetings between the clubs during the 2017-18 regular season. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Monday, below is a projected lineup based on the session:

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Predators Recall Saros, Aberg

Goaltender Anders Lindback Returned to AHL Milwaukee

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (November 20, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Juuse Saros from the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals and forward Pontus Aberg from his conditioning stint with the Admirals. Additionally, the club has assigned goaltender Anders Lindback to Milwaukee.

Saros appeared in two games for Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday, stopping 45 of 52 shots as the Admirals fell to the Cleveland Monsters in both games. The Finnish goaltender has made four starts in goal for the Predators this season, going 1-3-0 with a .855 save percentage. Saros earned his first win of the season - a 4-3 overtime decision in Los Angeles - in his last start with the Preds on Nov. 4. He holds a career NHL record of 11-12-3 along with a 2.64 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

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How to Watch, Live Stream Jets vs. Preds

Nashville Hosts Winnipeg Without Services of Austin Watson

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators conclude a three-game Central Division stretch as they welcome the Winnipeg Jets to Nashville this evening. It's the first meeting between the two foes this season; the Preds have won four of their last six outings against the Jets.

Forward Austin Watson, who received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct on Saturday night, has been suspended for two games. As a result, Nashville brought Pontus Aberg back to Nashville from his conditioning assignment in Milwaukee.

The Predators are trying to go 2-for-2 on their current home stand after defeating the Avalanche on Saturday night, scoring five or more goals for the fifth time this season, with each goal coming from a different skater.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Jets]

[Read More: Predators Recall Aberg, Saros and Assign Lindback]

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Austin Watson Suspended Two Games for Boarding

Forward Will Miss Games vs. Jets and Canadiens Following Suspension

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

New York (Nov. 19, 2017) - Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Colorado Avalanche forward Dominic Toninato during NHL Game No. 302 in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 18, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced Monday.

The incident occurred at 11:47 of the first period. Watson was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Watson will forfeit $11,827.96. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Bitetto, Penalty Kill Help Preds to Beat Avalanche

Nashville Wins Eighth Straight Over Colorado as Preds Score Five

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Five different Predators found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a 5-2 final on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The result gives Nashville their eighth consecutive victory over the Avalanche and 11 wins on the season, six of them coming at home.

After a frustrating loss on Thursday to Minnesota, a bounce-back effort from the Preds was on display on Saturday, with the penalty kill playing a starring role and contributions coming in throughout the lineup.

"It was a good night," Predators defenseman Anthony Bitetto said. "We can't win games [taking too many penalties]. We're fortunate enough that Pekka Rinne played one heck of a game. I think it's a good win after coming off that loss in Minnesota."

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Infographic: Preds 5, Avalanche 2

Predators Offense, Penalty Kill Leads Them to Eighth Win in a Row Over Avalanche

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Defenseman Anthony Bitetto nets his first career game-winning goal as the Predators take out the Avalanche for the eighth consecutive time. 

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Former Preds Colin Wilson, Samuel Girard and Gabriel Bourque Could Dress for Opposition Tonight

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators open a three-game home stand by hosting the Colorado Avalanche for the second time this season (at 7 p.m. CT). 

Nashville (10-6-2) lost a third-period lead and saw their five-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. With no changes in injury statuses or call-ups, the Preds are expected to dress the same lineup they've utilized for the past two games. 

The Avalanche (9-7-1) are making their second and final trip to Music City; they won their last contest 6-2 over the Washington Capitals, but lost their first visit to Nashville, 4-1, on Oct. 17. Former Preds Colin Wilson, Samuel Girard and Gabriel Bourque could suit up for the Avs, while Vladislav Kamenev was placed on Injured Reserve this week.

Saturday's morning skate was optional for the Preds, here's a projected lineup based on Friday's practice:

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How to Watch, Live Stream Avalanche vs. Preds

Nashville Begins Three-Game Home Stand In Search of Eighth-Straight Win Against Colorado

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A three-game home stand begins tonight in Nashville as the Predators host the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena. It's Colorado's second and final visit to the Music City this season; the Preds will visit the Avs twice in 2018.

Nashville will be looking to start a new streak tonight after a string of five-straight wins came to an end with a loss in Minnesota on Thursday night.

"You have to be as consistent as possible," Nashville center Ryan Johansen said after the loss. "We've been doing a good job of finding ways to get wins, and tonight, we just have to learn from it and move on."

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup vs. Avalanche]

[Read More: Anders Lindback Back With Preds]

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Lindback Enjoying Second Stint with Preds Organization

Goaltender Making Most of Call-Up from AHL, Relishes Chance to Return to Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

No matter when Anders Lindback has owned a stall in the Predators locker room - either during the first two seasons of his NHL career beginning in 2010 or on Friday afternoon during his recent call up to Nashville - there's been a constant: Swedes.

"I guess we [Swedes] have a good reputation," Lindback laughed. "We've fooled everybody."

The Swedish contingent in Music City gained another member on Thursday morning when the goaltender was recalled from AHL Milwaukee with Juuse Saros being sent to the Admirals in a move designed to get Saros more playing time.

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Scott Hamilton to Host Skating Concert, Talks Hockey Fights Cancer

An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends Takes Place Sunday at Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Hockey Fights Cancer: Hamilton

Scott Hamilton talks Hockey Fights Cancer

Scott Hamilton talks about his upcoming show, his partnership with the Preds and Hockey Fights Cancer

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Hockey Fights Cancer Week with the Nashville Predators is set to culminate with a spectacular finale.

After a successful debut last year, An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends returns to Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Nov. 19 with a 5 p.m. showing, all with the goal of raising funds for cancer research, while combining ice skating and music for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Olympic Gold Medalist, cancer survivor and Nashville resident Scott Hamilton has brought together a who's who of stars from the skating and music worlds, including figure skaters like Peggy Fleming and Meryl Davis, plus, artists such as Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and Chris Young.

Needless to say, it figures to be a great time.

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