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Thursday, December 8th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (18-8-4) at Nashville Predators (18-4-3), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators aim for their fifth straight victory this evening when they welcome the New York Rangers to Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The Predators picked up their fourth win in a row Wednesday night, beating the Capitals, 5-2, in Washington. Marek Zidlicky and Steve Sullivan scored two goals apiece to lead Nashville at the MCI Center.

Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen tallied two assists each and Chris Mason made 30 saves for the Predators, who have also won six of seven and nine of their last 11 games.

Three of Nashville's five goals came on the power play. Nashville finished 3- for-6 with the man advantage, while the Capitals were 1-of-10. The Predators have scored a power-play goal in a franchise-record 11 straight games.

With a win tonight, the Predators can move ahead of idle Detroit for first place in the Central Division. Nashville has 39 points and is just one behind the Red Wings.

New York was also in action Wednesday night in Chicago and was handed an overtime loss. Tyler Arnason scored 1:20 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks at the United Center.

Petr Prucha scored the Rangers' lone goal and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 17 of 19 shots for New York, which lost for the second time in its last three games.

The Rangers are also in first place in the Atlantic Division with 40 points.

Tonight's game is the first and only encounter of the season between New York and Nashville. The Predators have won two straight over the Rangers and the Blueshirts have dropped two of their last three in the Music City.

12/08 10:29:52 ET

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