Pittsburgh at Nashville
When: 8:00 PM
ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
The Nashville Predators look to remain the only team without a regulation loss when they wrap up their three-game homestand against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Nashville has begun the season with a point streak that reached seven games (5-0-2) with Thursday's 3-2 triumph over Chicago. James Neal singlehandedly erased a 1-0 deficit by registering a natural hat trick as the Predators handed the Blackhawks their first setback in regulation.
Neal will face his former team for the first time since being traded on June 27 for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Pittsburgh is coming off back-to-back defeats, including a 4-3 overtime loss at Detroit on Thursday. The Penguins, who have dropped three of their last four (1-2-1), allowed a two-goal lead to slip away in the final 2:39 of the third period before Justin Abdelkader scored the winner at 4:16 of the extra session.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Tennessee (Nashville)
ABOUT THE PENGUINS (3-2-1): Hornqvist has gotten off to a strong start with Pittsburgh, registering four goals and four assists while playing on a line with Sidney Crosby. The captain got out of the gate quick in his own right, notching four tallies and five assists in his first four games, but has failed to land on the scoresheet in the last two contests. Fellow superstar Evgeni Malkin is tied with Crosby for the team scoring lead as he enters Saturday with a season-opening six-game point streak and needs one assist to reach 400 for his career.
ABOUT THE PREDATORS (5-0-2): Nashville last began a season with a seven-game point streak in 2010-11, when it opened with an eight-game run (5-0-3). Filip Forsberg is enjoying a solid start as he is tied with Los Angeles' Tanner Pearson for the rookie scoring lead with seven points and tops all first-year players with six assists and a plus-9 rating. The 20-year-old Swede, who was acquired from Washington in April 2013 after being drafted 11th overall the previous year, also leads the Predators in those three categories.
1. Nashville C Mike Ribeiro has recorded three goals and three assists during his five-game point streak.
2. Pittsburgh is riding a four-game winning streak in the all-time series.
3. The Predators are 14-1-4 with C Calle Jarnkrok in the lineup, including a 9-1-2 mark to end the 2013-14 season.
PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Predators 3
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