The Predators (39-12-6) are atop the NHL standings with the most wins and points (84). They have won six straight games entering tonight's contest with the Islanders. This will serve as the one and only meeting between the Islanders and Predators at Nassau Coliseum.
Pekka Rinne will start in net for Nashville. He is 34-7-2 in 43 games, with a 1.94 save percentage and a .932 goals against average. Rinne made a season-high 42 saves on Tuesday in Nashville's win over the San Jose Sharks. Jaroslav Halak will be back in net for the Islanders and will once again look for his franchise record tying 32nd win this season.
Nashville is 15-5-1 against Eastern Conference teams this season.
"They're the top team in the league and I think it's no secret how mobile, and much of a factor their [defensemen] are," John Tavares said. The Predators have received 148 points from their defensemen this season. "For us I think we just have to do the best we can and make them have to defend, and defend without the puck. That's always the hardest thing to do and to have the energy when they get.
"If you're able to wear them down, they don't have the same kind of zip or ability to skate and move their feet."
Tonight also marks the final visit to Nassau Coliseum for former Islander head coach Peter Laviolette and Eric Nystrom, son of Islanders' legend Bobby Nystrom.