New York Islanders @ Predators (Game 5): Preview

The Nashville Predators (1-3-0) faceoff against the New York Islanders (2-1-1) Saturday night in frotn of a raucous croud at Bridgestone Arena. The Islanders enter this game having already played Friday night in a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Look for a tired Islanders team to be up against a determined Predators squad.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: 102.5 The Game

New York: MSG Plus, WRHU 88.7 and WRCN 103.9

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Season Series


This is the first time these teams have played each other this season.

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

#35 Pekka Rinne 1 3 0 3.49 .891
#20 Evgeni Nabokov 2 0 1 1.89 .935

Nashville Injuries: #59 D Roman Josi (day-to-day; concussion)

New York Injuries: None

Projected Nashville Scratches: #13 W Nick Spaling and #15 W Craig Smith

Projected New York Scratches: #7 D Matt Carkner, #29 C Brock Nelson and #36 W Eric Boulton

Projected Lines


Stalberg – Cullen – Forsberg

Bourque – Legwand – Hornqvist

Nystrom – Fisher – Wilson

Clune – Gaustad – Hendricks

Jones – Weber

Ekholm – Klein

Bartley – Ellis



New York


Moulson – Tavares – Okposo

Grabner – Nielsen – Bailey

Clutterbuck – Regin – Bouchard

Martin – Cizikas – McDonald

MacDonald – Hamonic

Visnovsky – Hickey

Strait – Donovan



Players to Watch

Nashville: #57 W Gabriel Bourque – In Nashville's last game that ended up in a loss, Gabriel Bourque was a healthy scratch because Barry Trotz felt he was winning the battles down low that he should. Bourque, who is very determined doesn't want to be out of the lineup again, should be on his A-game Saturday night.

New York: #40 W Michael Grabner – The Swiss forward has turned on the jets early this season for the Isles. Grabner leads the team in scoring with two goals, five assists through four games.

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.