Predators @ Islanders Preview (Game 18)

The Nashville Predators (8-7-2) will face off against the New York Islanders (6-9-3) on Tuesday night for the second and final meeting of their regular season series.  Both Teams are looking to rebound from losing streaks.  The Predators have lost their last two games while the Islanders have lost their last four.  The Predators are also on the last leg of their dreaded 7 game road trip.  They really need a win tonight to help salvage the trip because it will be difficult to beat Pittsburg on Thursday.   

 

TV/RADIO COVERAGE

Nashville: 102.5 The Game, Fox Sports Tennessee

New York: MSG

Live Stream: http://livetv.ru/en/eventinfo/195201_nashville_ny_islanders/

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SEASON SERIES

This is the second meeting of the series.  The Predators defeated the Islanders 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena on October 12th.

LINE UP NEWS

Starting Goaltenders:

 

Name

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

#30 Carter Hutton

4

3

1

3.53

.887

#20 Evgeni Nabokov

5

5

3

3.24

.894

Nashville Injuries: #12 F Mike Fisher (day to day; lower body injury) #35 G Pekka Rinne (IR,Hip)

New York Injuries: #15 F Cal Clutterbuck (day to day; upper body), #26 F Thomas Vanek (day to day; upper body), #11 D Lubomir Visnovsky (IR), #37 D Brian Strait (IR)

Projected Nashville Scratches: #64 D Victor Bartley (healthy), #41 F Taylor Beck (healthy)

Projected New York Scratches: #4 D Radek Martinek (healthy)

PROJECTED LINES

Nashville 


Wilson – Spaling – Stalberg

Bourque – Cullen – Smith

Nystrom – Legwand – Hornqvist

Hendricks – Gaustad – Clune

Jones – Weber

Josi – Klein

Ellis – Ekholm

Hutton

Mazanec

 

New York

Nelson – Tavares – Okposo

Bailey – Nielsen – Grabner

Bouchard – Regin – McDonald

Martin – Cizikas – Boulton

MacDonald – Harmonic

Donovan – Hickey

Ness – Carkner

Nabokov

Poulin

 


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nashville: #32 G Carter Hutton.  This may be the most important game of Hutton’s young career.  He has given up 8 goals on the last 31 shots he’s faced.  If the Predators are going to rebound, it has to start with him. 

New York: #91 C John Tavares.  Tavares leads the team with 20 points.  He is the most dynamic player the Islanders have.  If the Islanders are going to pull out of their massive slump, this is the guy that is going to have to put the team on his back. 

 

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

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