The Nashville Predators travel with their fathers to Carolina looking to push their win streak to five games. Here is what to watch for today.
Colorado Avalanche. Winnipeg Jets. Montreal Canadiens. St. Louis Blues on the road. Thus is the list of teams the Nashville Predators defeated on their current win streak. They won nine of their last ten, establishing them as the hottest team in the NHL. Along for the ride are many of the Predators’ fathers. Since their first season, the team has held an annual Father’s Trip, celebrating family that means so much to the game.
If they want the winning trend to continue, the Predators must take care of business against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Tale of the tape
On paper, it does not look like it should be difficult. That is why they play the games on ice. The Hurricanes are 5-4-2 in the month of November, but allowed 11 goals in their last two games against Toronto and the New York Rangers. While playing even hockey against the Western Conference, they hold a 2-4-1 record when facing teams in the Central Division.
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One thing the Hurricanes do relatively well is score at even strength. Of their 62 total goals, 49 came on even strength play. And, like the Predators, they average a total of 6 goals per game between both teams. Can they count on their special teams to get the win? That may be tough as the Predators hold the league’s third best penalty kill and the Hurricanes are 29th on the power play.
For the Predators, the starting line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson will be key to getting thing started. Johansen has eight points in his last six games, while Forsberg leads the team in points on the season. Also, keep an eye on Kyle Turris. With just two points in his last five games, look for him to break through today.
The Predators will feature their normal rotation today, except Pontus Aberg will join the third line, giving Colton Sissons the change to center the fourth. Pekka Rinne should be between the pipes. Can he continue his stellar play after shutting out the Blues on Friday? He is 6-1-1 all-time against Carolina.
Filip Forsberg — Ryan Johansen — Viktor Arvidsson
Where to watch
Today’s game will be shown on Fox Sports-Tennessee, as well as FS-Carolina. Or, you can listen to the broadcast on 102.5 The Game in Nashville. Broadcast begins at 1pm Eastern Time, with puck drop around 1:08pm.