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Team W-L-OTL Pts
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50-24-6 106
49-25-7 105
47-30-5 99
43-33-5 91
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  • Predators' Juuse Saros: Allows four goals in loss

    Saros allowed four goals on 38 shots during Monday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.

    While Saros remains one of the most respected goaltenders in the NHL, he's allowed a total 12 goals over the last three games and hasn't posted a save percentage above .895. He's helped Nashville lock in a wild card spot, but it's not an inspiring run as the playoffs loom, where the Predators will face either the Canucks or the Stars.

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  • Predators' Filip Forsberg: Increases record-setting goal total

    Forsberg scored a goal during Monday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.

    The tally brings Forsberg to 48 goals, extending his single-season goal record for the franchise. He ends the season with 94 points in 82 contests. He's been impressive in the weeks leading up to the postseason with 19 goals and 14 assists over 21 contests since the start of March.

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  • Predators' Gustav Nyquist: Continues strong stretch play

    Nyquist scored a goal during Monday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

    While Nyquist hadn't scored in his last six games prior to Monday, he's still been productive, contributing six assists in that time. He's been on a surge down the stretch, with six goals and 19 points over his last 15 contests. Nyquist has averaged almost a point per game this season, but he's outpacing that as the Predators get into postseason form.

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  • Predators' Alexandre Carrier: Out Monday

    Carrier (undisclosed) will rest for Monday's season finale against Pittsburgh.

    Carrier left Saturday's game against Columbus for precautionary reasons and it sounds like he's healthy. The 27-year-old blueliner should be back in the lineup for the postseason. He finishes the 2023-24 campaign with four goals, 20 points and 137 blocked shots in 73 games.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Back in action

    Smith (rest) is slated to play Monday versus the Penguins, per Zach Gilchriest of the Predators' official site.

    Smith will play in Nashville's regular-season finale after missing Saturday's 6-4 win over Columbus for roster management purposes. He has chipped in nine goals, 23 points, 111 shots on net and 233 hits in 79 games this season.

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  • Predators' Colton Sissons: Set to play Monday

    Sissons (rest) is expected to play Monday against Pittsburgh, according to Zach Gilchriest of the Predators' official site.

    Sissons is poised to return to the lineup after sitting out Saturday's 6-4 win over Columbus for roster management purposes. He has supplied 15 goals, 35 points, 127 shots on net and 138 hits over 80 contests this campaign.

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  • Predators' Juuse Saros: Starting in Pittsburgh

    Saros was the first goalie to leave the ice at morning skate, per Michelle Crechiolo of the Penguins' official site, putting him on track to protect the road goal against the Penguins on Monday.

    Saros was a little shaky in his last start Saturday against the Blue Jackets, surrendering four goals on 35 shots, but he was still able to come away with a win thanks to strong goal support from his teammates. He'll try to secure his 36th victory of the season in a road matchup with a Pittsburgh team that will undoubtedly be desperate to pick up a win in order to stay in the playoff hunt.

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  • Predators' Alexandre Carrier: Exits Saturday's game

    Carrier (undisclosed) left Saturday's game versus the Blue Jackets for precautionary reasons, Nick Kieser of 102.5 ESPN Nashville reports.

    Carrier had an assist and four blocked shots in 15:38 of ice time Saturday. While the precautionary label suggests the issue is not serious, the Predators have been aggressively resting players leading into the playoffs. Carrier also recently missed time with an upper-body injury, so there's no guarantee he'll play in Monday's regular-season finale versus the Penguins.

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  • Predators' Ryan McDonagh: Suiting up Saturday

    McDonagh (rest) will be back in the lineup Saturday versus the Blue Jackets, Zach Gilchriest of the Predators' official site reports.

    McDonagh will skate alongside Roman Josi after getting Friday's 5-1 win over Chicago off for rest. The 34-year-old McDonagh has three goals, 29 points, 88 shots on net and 137 blocked shots in 72 contests this campaign.

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  • Predators' Gustav Nyquist: Back in action Saturday

    Nyquist (rest) will play Saturday versus the Blue Jackets, Nick Kieser of 102.5 ESPN Nashville reports.

    Nyquist rested Friday in the first half of a back-to-back, but he'll be back in his usual top-line role for Saturday's game. He's enjoyed a career year with 72 points (22 on the power play) and 149 shots on net over 79 appearances.

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  • Predators' Colton Sissons: Taking Saturday off

    Sissons (rest) will miss Saturday's game against Columbus.

    Nashville has secured a postseason berth, so some players have been sitting for rest ahead of the postseason. Sissons has 15 goals and 35 points across 80 outings in 2023-24. He'll probably return to a middle-six role against Pittsburgh on Monday.

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  • Predators' Cole Smith: Resting Saturday

    Smith will not play in Saturday's tilt versus the Blue Jackets due to roster management reasons.

    That has been the Predators' phrasing for when they are resting players, so it's safe to assume Smith is just getting a breather before the playoffs. The 28-year-old has no points over six games in April, and he's at 23 points, 233 hits, 111 shots on net and 63 PIM through 79 contests overall.

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  • Predators' Juuse Saros: Starting Saturday

    Saros will protect the home net Saturday against Columbus, Zach Gilchriest of the Predators' official site reports.

    Saros has won two of his last five outings, surrendering 17 goals on 152 shots during that span. In 62 contests this campaign, he has posted a 34-23-5 record with a 2.82 GAA and a .907 save percentage. The Blue Jackets sit 26th in the league this season with 2.80 goals per game.

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  • Predators' Troy Grosenick: Returned to AHL

    Grosenick was sent back to AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.

    Grosenick was brought up to back up Kevin Lankinen on Friday, with Juuse Saros getting a night off. The 34-year-old Grosenick will return to the AHL, where he's gone 17-7-1 with a .907 save percentage this season.

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  • Predators' Kevin Lankinen: Sharp in Friday's win

    Lankinen made 25 saves in Friday's 5-1 win over Chicago.

    The 28-year-old netminder won his first game since March 21 and saw his shutout bid slip away late in the second period on a Philipp Kurashev power-play tally. Lankinen's 2.83 GAA and .908 save percentage on the season are solid enough for a backup, and with the Predators locked into a wild-card spot in the Western Conference, he could get the start in at least one of the team's final two regular-season games as Nashville tries to get Juuse Saros some rest ahead of the playoffs.

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  • Predators' Filip Forsberg: Hat trick leads to franchise record

    Forsberg earned his 10th career NHL hat trick in Friday's 5-1 win over the Blackhawks. Two of the goals took place on the power play, and he set a franchise record for most goals in a season with 46.

    Forsberg's been a force to be reckoned with ever since the Predators made him a full-time player at the top level in 2014-15. However, a huge volume of shots from Forsberg is the key catalyst behind his success this campaign. The Swede has pelted goaltenders with 338 shots, which has him ranked fifth in the NHL in that key offensive metric. Forsberg also has 10 game-winning goals and 12 goals on the power play. You'll be seeing Forsberg in the playoffs since the Predators have already claimed a wild-card spot.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 3.22 3.01 21.6

Injuries

Player Injury
A. Carrier D Alexandre Carrier D Rest