Predators @ NJ Devils (Game 17): Preview

The Nashville Predators (8-6-2) have only three more games remaining on their lengthy road trip. Sunday night, they will take on the New Jersey Devils (4-7-5) at the Prudential Center in Newark. Puck drops at 6:07pm CST.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

New Jersey: MSG Plus and 660AM/101.9 FM

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Season Series

This is the first of two matchups between these two clubs.

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

#30 Carter Hutton 4 2 1 3.32 .898
#35 Cory Schneider 1 4 3 2.09 .915

Nashville Injuries: #12 C Mike Fisher (day-to-day; lower body), #26 W Matt Hendricks (day-to-day; upper body), and #35 G Pekka Rinne (IR; hip)

New Jersey Injuries: #24 D Bryce Salvador (IR; foot), #26 W Patrick Elias (IR; upper-body soreness), #29 W Ryane Clowe (IR; head), and #34 D Jon Merrill (day-to-day; facial lacerations), 

Projected Nashville Scratches: #12 C Mike Fisher, #41 W Taylor Beck and #64 D Victor Bartley

Projected New Jersey Scratches: #7 D Mark Fayne, #16 C Jacob Josefson and #34 D Jon Merrill

Projected Lines


Nystrom – Legwand – Hornqvist

Bourque – Cullen – Smith

Spaling – Wilson – Stalberg

Hendricks – Gaustad – Clune

Josi – Weber

Ekholm – Klein

Ellis – Jones



New Jersey

Zubrus – Loktionov – Jagr

Bernier – Zajac – Brunner

Tedenby – Henrique – Ryder

Carter – Gionta – Jansen

Green – Harrold

Volchenkov – Zidlicky

Fayne – Larsson



Players to Watch

Nashville: #6 D Shea Weber – After losing 5-0 to Winnipeg Friday, captain Shea Weber is not going to let the team play as bad as they did the previous game. Look for Weber to pick up the slack offensively and defensively and potential be more physical than usual to let go of some of the frustration.

New Jersey: #68 W Jaromir Jagr – The ageless wonder is continuing to put up points in the NHL, but this time with the Devils. Through sixteen games, Jagr leads the team in scoring with four goals, seven assists and a +3 rating.

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