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Projected Lineup: Predators at Bruins

Pekka Rinne Likely to Start in Second Half of Back-to-Back; No Mike Fisher for Nashville

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A 3-1 win in Brooklyn is quickly behind the Nashville Predators as they prepare to face the Boston Bruins tonight (at 6 p.m. CT). 

Juuse Saros started in net for Nashville (39-25-11) on Monday against the Islanders, as the Preds earned their fourth consecutive win despite being without Mike Fisher (day-to-day; lower-body injury) and Yannick Weber (day-to-day; upper-body injury). Fisher did not make the trip and will not play for the Predators tonight. 

The Predators did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday in advance of their second game in two nights, but with Saros playing yesterday, it's quite possible Pekka Rinne will between the pipes this evening. 

Boston (39-30-6) holds the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, and will try for a split in their season series with Nashville after falling to the Preds, 2-1, on Jan. 12. The Bruins also defeated the Islanders, 2-1, in their most recent game. 

Below is Nashville's projected lineup based on Monday's contest:

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Game Day: Preds at Bruins

Nashville Looks to Extend Their Win Streak to Five Games as They Head to Boston

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Just 24 hours after defeating one Eastern Conference foe in Brooklyn, the Nashville Predators have shipped up to Boston to face the Bruins tonight at TD Garden to complete a back-to-back set. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds topped Boston 2-1 back on Jan. 12 at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators beat the New York Islanders by a 3-1 final on Monday night, keeping the Isles from gaining any ground on Boston in the East Wild Card race. Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen tallied for the Preds and Juuse Saros made 24 saves on the night for his ninth win of the season.

Preds Captain Mike Fisher did not make the road trip with the team and remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Yannick Weber missed Monday's game against the Islanders and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Anthony Bitetto took Weber's place in the Nashville lineup on Monday.

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Projected Lineup: Predators at Islanders

Mike Fisher Remains Day-to-Day with Lower-Body Injury, Did Not Make the Trip

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Three-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents begins tonight (at 6 p.m. CT) for the Nashville Predators with a stop in Brooklyn. 

After a perfect home stand - with wins over Calgary, Arizona and San Jose - the Preds start their season series with the New York Islanders by playing two road games in two nights (also at Boston on Tuesday at 6 p.m.), before hosting the Islanders on April 4. Nashville (38-25-11) did not hold a morning skate on Monday, but did practice in Music City on Sunday before their flight. Mike Fisher, who has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, returned to the ice for the session, with Colin Wilson and Craig Smith receiving maintenance days. However, Fisher is not on Nashville's road trip and remains day-to-day.

New York (35-17-12) held the final playoff spot in the East until they were beaten in their last game by Boston on Saturday and now sit two points out of the conference's top eight. The Preds and Islanders split their 2015-16 season series, with the home team winning both games. 

Below is Nashville's projected lineup based on Sunday's practice: 

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Game Day: Preds at Islanders

Nashville Looks to Extend Their Win Streak to Four as They Face the Islanders in Brooklyn

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After completing a perfect, three-game home stand, the Nashville Predators will look to keep the magic going as they head to the Northeast for a back-to-back, beginning tonight in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders. It's the first of two meetings between the clubs this season; the Preds will host the Islanders on April 4, Nashville's final home game of the regular season.

The Predators are playing some of their best hockey of the season with 13 goals in their last three games, including a 7-2 rout of San Jose on Saturday night. Colton Sissons and James Neal each scored twice in the outing and Pekka Rinne collected his 30th win of the season, the sixth time he's hit the 30-win plateau.

Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Preds in scoring with 57 points - including 45 helpers - followed by Viktor Arvidsson with 55 points and Filip Forsberg with 54. Forsberg's 29 goals lead the team, followed by Arvidsson at 28 and Neal with 23 on the season. Rinne has gone 30-16-8 for the Preds and has won his last five contests; Juuse Saros owns an 8-7-3 mark this season.

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Projected Lineup: Sharks vs. Predators

Mike Fisher Still Out for Nashville as Preds Renew Playoff Rivalry with Sharks

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

It's hard not to picture Viktor Arvidsson's backhander hitting twine in overtime of Game Six with the San Jose Sharks returning to Nashville for the first time since that shot forced a Game Seven in the Round Two series.

Nashville (37-25-11) has won two straight and has an opportunity to complete a perfect home stand with their second win of the season over the Sharks. The Preds recently beat the Sharks, 3-1, on March 11 at SAP Center. Additionally, Nashville has earned at least one point in each of its last seven (regular season) home games against the Sharks (6-0-1).

The Sharks (42-25-7) lost 6-1 last night in Dallas, extending their losing streak to five consecutive games. San Jose has seen their once large lead over the Pacific Division dwindle and will try to remain in the top spot tonight, while the Preds will look to take either the First Wild Card in the West or even third in the Central with a Blues' loss to the Flames.

The Predators held a full morning skate on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, but Mike Fisher (day-to-day; lower-body injury), who missed Thursday's game, did not participate. Below is a look at Nashville's projected lineup:

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Game Day: Sharks vs. Preds

Nashville Concludes a Three-Game Home Stand by Hosting San Jose for the First Time Since the 2016 Postseason

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators go for a perfect home stand tonight as they close out a three-game set by hosting the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena. It's the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season, and the first time the Sharks have been in Nashville since Game Six of last spring's Second Round series. The Preds and Sharks last got together just two weeks ago in San Jose, a 3-1 Nashville victory, with goals from Ryan Johansen, James Neal and Viktor Arvidsson.

The Predators have won two straight on their current home stand, defeating Arizona and Calgary by identical 3-1 scores. The win over the Flames came on Thursday, with goals from Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and Ryan Ellis. Pekka Rinne collected the win, and Captain Mike Fisher was absent with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Arvidsson remain one, two and three in scoring for the Preds with 55, 54 and 53 points, respectively. Forsberg leads the club with 29 goals, followed by Arvidsson with 27 and James Neal with 21. Defenseman Ryan Ellis has tallied 15 times from the back end, including three in his last two outings. Rinne is 29-16-8 overall and 4-0-0 in his last four starts; Juuse Saros, who beat San Jose two weeks ago, is 8-7-3.

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Projected Lineup: Flames vs. Predators

Mike Fisher Still Absent for Preds as They Prepare for Pivotal Game with Flames

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The two Western Conference Wild Card teams clash in Nashville tonight (at 7 p.m. CT).

The Nashville Predators (36-25-11) are even in points with St. Louis and could reclaim third in the Central Division with win and a Blues loss tonight. The Calgary Flames (41-28-4) are in a nearly identical position to Nashville, holding the first Wild Card spot in the West and with an opportunity to move into third in the Pacific Division with a victory. 

Three points separate the Preds and Flames in the standings as they meet for the final time this season. Nashville held on for a 4-3 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 19, while the Flames lost a three-goal lead and then claimed a 6-5 win in overtime on Feb. 21 in Music City.

Nashville held an optional morning skate on Thursday with Filip Forsberg, Vernon Fiddler (upper-body injury), Juuse Saros and 16 others taking the ice. Mike Fisher, who has not practiced the last two days, did not take part in the optional skate.

Below is the projected lineup based on Wednesday's practice:

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Game Day: Flames vs. Preds

Nashville Hosts One of the NHL's Hottest Teams as Their Home Stand Continues

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The final three-game home stand of the regular season continues tonight for the Nashville Predators as they prepare to host the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena. It's the third and final meeting this season between the Preds and Flames; Nashville is 1-0-1 against Calgary so far, including a 6-5 overtime loss on Feb. 21.

The Predators bounced back from a loss at Carolina last Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Monday night. Ryan Ellis scored twice in the win with Craig Smith setting up both tallies. Viktor Arvidsson also scored to extend his point streak to five games, and Pekka Rinne collected the win in net. It was the second, two-goal game in Ellis's career - with the first occurring earlier this season in Calgary.

Nashville's top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Arvidsson are one, two, and three in team scoring this season with 55, 54 and 53 points, respectively. Forsberg's 29 goals lead the team with Arvidsson second at 27 and James Neal with 21. Captain Mike Fisher has 17 goals to go along with 41 points, and Roman Josi has added 44 points from the blue line. Rinne has amassed a 28-16-8 mark in the crease; Juuse Saros is 8-7-3.

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Projected Lineup: Coyotes vs. Predators

Craig Smith May Be Back in the Lineup While PA Parenteau is Out, as Preds End Season Series with Yotes

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators begin their longest remaining home stand - one of the three-game variety - tonight against the Arizona Coyotes (at 7 p.m. CT).

A loss at Carolina sent the Preds from third in the Central Division into a Wild Card spot, but a win on Monday would lift them back into the division's top three. Nashville (35-25-11) has dropped their first two contests against the Coyotes (0-1-1) this season and will try to claim a win in the teams' final meeting (and only one in Nashville).

Arizona (26-36-9) starts a back-to-back set tonight (then tomorrow at Tampa Bay) and lost their last game 3-0 to St. Louis on Saturday. The Coyotes topped the Preds 3-2 (SO) on Nov. 3 and 4-1 on Dec. 10.

Nashville held a full morning skate on Monday and were joined by Miikka Salomaki (Injured Reserve, lower-body), Vernon Fiddler (upper-body injury) and PA Parenteau.

Below is a look at their projected lineup based on the session:

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Game Day: Coyotes vs. Preds

Nashville Begins a Three-Game Home Stand as They Meet Arizona for the Final Time This Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After a two-game jaunt out east, the Nashville Predators return to Bridgestone Arena tonight to begin a three-game home stand, starting against the Arizona Coyotes. It's the third and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; Nashville has gone 0-1-1 against the Coyotes, with both losses coming in the desert.

Nashville finished their trip on Saturday in Carolina, falling 4-2 to the Hurricanes, a game that broke a three-game winning streak for the Preds. Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg scored in the loss, and Juuse Saros made 33 saves on the night.

Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Preds in points with 55, followed by Forsberg with 54 and Arvidsson with 52. Forsberg leads the team with 29 goals on the season; Arvidsson has tallied 26 and James Neal has 21. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is 27-16-8 in net; Saros has gone 8-7-3.

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