A preview of the Predators.
When and where: 8 p.m. EST. Bridgestone Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports-Tennessee.
Record: 26-25-10, 62 points. The Predators are in last place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Shea Weber (right), 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists).
Last Game: 3-1 home loss, Saturday. Carter Hutton made 17 saves for the Predators.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 road loss, Nov. 14, 2013. Marek Mazanek made 21 saves for the Predators.
Predators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Mike Fisher. He has points in three consecutive games..
Ex-Penguins on the Predators: None.
Ex-Predators on the Penguins: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager; Ray Shero (Shero is a former assistant general manager of the Predators); Tomas Vokoun, G.
Useless Predators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Predators left winger Eric Nystrom is one of two NHL players born in Syosset, N.Y. The other is Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi.
Best Predators Video We Could Find: Former NHL all-stars Peter Forsberg and Paul Kariya connecting on a pretty overtime goal against the Red Wings in 2006-07:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (31-14-3, 2.34 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Pekka Rinne (4-4-1, 2.31 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Predators.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defensemen Kris Letang (stroke) and Paul Martin (hand) are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Predators center Matt Cullen ("lower body") and left winger Nick Spaling ("lower body").
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines at practice today were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 12 Chuck Kobasew
-Their defensive pairing rotated. Consider this a guess:
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brooks Orpik - 4 Rob Scuderi
47 Simon Despres - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
-The Predators expected lines and defensive pairings are:
57 Gabriel Bourque – 11 David Legwand – 15 Craig Smith
33 Colin Wilson – 12 Mike Fisher – 27 Patric Hornqvist
24 Eric Nystrom – 13 Nick Spaling - 25 Viktor Stalberg
16 Rich Clune – 28 Paul Gaustad – 21 Simon Moser
59 Roman Josi – 6 Shea Weber
5 Michael Del Zotto – 4 Ryan Ellis
42 Mattias Ekholm – 3 Seth Jones
-The last time the Penguins played the Predators, this happened:
-“It’s tough. You just want to go out there and play and try not to worry about it too much. It’s a little tricky, but you try to stay focused and worry about my job. It’s kind of out of my control, so I just go out there and try to play.” - Sutter on being the subject of trade rumors.
-Kobasew had 599 career games.
-Kunitz has 199 career goals.
-Rinne will be making his first appearance since Oct. 22. he has been sidelined due to a hip injury.
-The referees will be Francis Charron (6) and Brad Meier (34). The linesmen will be Steve Barton (59) and Matt MacPherson (#83).
-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 7:45 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)