NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 10th
(All times Eastern)
Nashville Predators (8-6-2) at New Jersey Devils (4-7-5), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will try to bounce back from a
lopsided loss as they continue their seven-game road trip with Sunday's battle
against the New Jersey Devils.
Nashville was off to a solid 2-0-1 start on its longest swing of the season
before getting slammed by a 5-0 score Friday night in Winnipeg. The Predators
were down 4-0 to the Jets after the first period and never recovered from the
The Predators fired 41 shots at Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, but were
still shut out for a third time this season. The 5-0 defeat also matched
Nashville's worst losing margin of the season, tying the club's 6-1 home loss
to St. Louis on Oct. 26.
Carter Hutton was yanked after giving up three goals on eight shots in only
8:23 of action for the Predators, who couldn't maintain momentum from
Wednesday's 6-4 win at Colorado.
Marek Mazanec made his NHL debut in relief and gave up two scores on 24 shots.
"Too many odd man rushes and we turned over pucks. All the damage was done in
the first half of the first period. We weren't ready and they jumped on top of
us," noted Predators defenseman Shea Weber.
Hutton, who is the club's de facto No. 1 goaltender with Pekka Rinne on the
shelf, expects to get the start again on Sunday.
Forwards Mike Fisher (lower body) and Matt Hendricks (upper body) are
questionable for Sunday's game. Fisher has missed the last two games for
Nashville, while Hendricks has sat out the past three.
The Devils also will try for a rebound performance on Sunday. New Jersey ended
a two-game slide with Thursday's 3-0 win at Philadelphia, but then lost the
finale of a three-game road trip the following night in Toronto. James van
Riemsdyk netted the lone goal of the shootout, leading the Maple Leafs to a
2-1 decision over New Jersey.
Michael Ryder lit the lamp and Cory Schneider stopped 27 shots for the Devils,
who have dropped three of their last four.
After four straight chances were turned aside, van Riemsdyk was the third
shooter for Toronto, opening up the final round by beating Schneider on the
Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier then forced an Adam Henrique chance wide to
end the contest.
"I don't have an answer," Devils head coach Pete DeBoer said after his club
fell to 0-4 this season and 0-for-14 in the breakaway round. "We'll have to
look at some other options, some different things. I don't have an answer
right now for that."
New Jersey also fell to 0-1-3 when playing the second game on back-to-back
Martin Brodeur will get the start in net tonight and is 6-5-1 with a 2.55
goals against average in 12 career games against the Predators.
The Devils are 3-1-1 over their last five games against Nashville, but the
Preds have taken two of three and four of the past six encounters in New
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