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New York Islanders celebrate a goal by forward Anders Lee (27) against the Minnesota Wild during the third period at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders celebrate a goal by forward Anders Lee (27) against the Minnesota Wild during the third period at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports)

In their last home game before their yearly CMA road trip, the Nashville Predators will try to defeat fatigue and the New York Islanders Saturday night in Bridgestone Arena.

Less than 24 hours after getting 43 saves from Pekka Rinne in a 2-1 victory at Chicago, Nashville (5-3-2) takes on a New York team that practiced in Nashville Friday after suffering a 6-4 defeat Thursday night in Minnesota.

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New York Rangers celebrate after a goal by New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) against Nashville Predators during first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers celebrate after a goal by New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) against Nashville Predators during first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers got out to an early lead and never looked back, beating the Predators, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon. >> Read more

First Period

  • 14:58 NYR Jesper Fast; Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:34 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: J.T. Miller, David Desharnais

Second Period

  • 1:44 NSH Mattias Ekholm; Assist: Filip Forsberg
  • 12:46 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Brady Skjei
  • 15:30 NSH Filip Forsberg; Assists: Roman Josi, Ryan Johansen

Third Period

  • 19:21 NYR Jimmy Vesey (ENG); Assists: Brendan Smith
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(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

After losing in the Stanley Cup Final, many teams struggle out of the gate the following season. The Nashville Predators are no exception.

Fortunately for them, the Predators' hangover appears to have lasted two games.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss stops a puck in front of Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss stops a puck in front of Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders lost to the Nashville Predators, 3-1, Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:17 NAS Kevin Fiala; Assists: Calle Jarnkrok, Anthony Bitetto

Second period:

  • 3:15 NAS Viktor Arvidssonl Assists: Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm
  • 17:20 NYI Josh Bailey; Assist: Nick Leddy

Third period:

  • 19:39 NAS Ryan Johansen (ENG); Assist: Ryan Ellis
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New York Islanders center John Tavares takes the ice for warm-ups against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares takes the ice for warm-ups against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders host the Nashville Predators at Barclays Center on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders are 6-1-0-1 over their last eight home games against the Predators. Nashville's last win on the road against the Islanders came January 16, 2012.
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New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)

The Devils (12-12-7) welcome the Nashville Predators (14-12-5) to Newark on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

  • Each of the last two meetings between these teams has been won 5-4 in overtime by the Devils in Nashville. The second of those games came on December 3, when New Jersey came from three goals down in the third period to force the extra period.
  • New Jersey has lost a season-high six straight games (0-5-1), including all four games of its recently-completed road trip (0-3-1). The Devils are 4-11-5 on the road this season but 8-1-2 at home -- third best in the NHL.
  • The Devils are one of three NHL teams without a 10-goal scorer this season, along with the Coyotes and Sabres. Michael Cammalleri leads the team with nine goals.
  • Nashville has gone to a shootout in each of its last two games, falling 2-1 to the Rangers Saturday before a 2-1 win in Philadelphia last night. It was the Predators' first shootout win of the season (1-3 record).
  • Filip Forsberg has four goals this season after leading Nashville with 33 last season. His decrease in goals per game (0.40 to 0.13, -0.27) is the second largest in the NHL (Shane Doan, Ari, -0.30; min. 0.5 G/Team G both seasons).
  • Cory Schneider is 8-0-1 in nine home starts this season, with a 2.28 GAA and .920 save percentage.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)

Two teams that have had similar home and road splits this season meet Tuesday night when the New Jersey Devils host the Nashville Predators at the Prudential Center.

The Devils are happy to be back home, where they own an impressive 8-1-2 record. They just concluded a winless four-game road trip (0-3-1) on Sunday with a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, dropping their road mark to an unsightly 4-11-5.

"(Sunday) was a step forward for us because recently we've lacked a good compete level for a full 60 (minutes) on the road, but (Sunday) night we had that," said Devils rookie forward Miles Wood, who scored a goal and led the team with six shots on goal against the Rangers.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders came into Thursday night's game against the NHL Leading Nashville Predators expecting a battle. By the end of the 60-minute affair they had come out on top with a 5-2 victory and the Isles 39th win of the season.

It was not the most important win of the 2014-15 season, but it certainly rubber stamped the Islanders as a true force in the NHL.

"[The Predators] are obviously the best team so far this season," Johnny Boychuk, who recored a goal and an assist in the win, told reporters. "They're a good team and for us to come away with a win against them it shows what kind of team we have. We worked for everything we got and we capitalized on our opportunities."

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The Islanders host the Predators in their one and only visit to Nassau Coliseum tonight. MSG will have the television broadcast, while WRHU 88.7 FM and LI News Radio 103.9 FM will carry the radio broadcast.?To be the best, you have to beat the best and tonight the Islanders (38-19-1) will try to beat the best team in the National Hockey League.

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.

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?When the Islanders and Nashville Predators take the ice, former international teammates will face-off against one another.

During the 2014 IIHF World Championships Colin McDonald and Brock Nelson were teammates with fellow Americans Craig Smith and Seth Jones, who along with the rest of the Nashville Predators will play the Islanders Thursday night. The United States lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament to the Czech Republic last may, but Nelson and McDonald both played well for the states.

"They're actually great players," Jones said about his experience playing with McDonald and Nelson. "We were a young team over there, so everyone got a lot of opportunities. They have a lot skill. Obviously they're doing well this year as well in the NHL. I'm happy for them."

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The Devils placed Bobby Butler on waivers Sunday, hoping to sneak him back through to Albany. Unfortunately for New Jersey, he didn't quite make it there.

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Obviously, this was always a possibility. It's probably why they held onto Butler for an extra game instead of waiving him when Ryan Carter was healthy. In situations like this, you want to be extra sure about the player in case you can never get him back. As I've said a couple times, I was a fan of Butler's shot and I thought he had some nice offensive potential. That said, the Devils gave him multiple chances in offensive situations, including long runs on the first power-play unit, and he never really delivered. If he could have finished on just a couple of those chances, he'd likely still be a Devil. Hell, he'd probably be playing 15 minutes a night -- but that wasn't the case. Someone with a shot like Butler's is always going to get extended looks. That's just how the league works. But if he doesn't start finishing those goals, he may end up as one of those perennial AHL/NHL tweener guys. The question now is who the Devils will call up to replace his spot on the roster. Hmmm.

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