A preview of the Predators.
When and where: 8 p.m., EDT, Bridgestone Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Tennessee.
Record: 5-0-2, 12 points. The Predators are in first place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Filip Forsberg, 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 home win against the Blackhawks, Thursday. James Neal (right, in bobblehead form) had a hat trick for the Predators.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 home loss, March 4. Pekka Rinne made 16 saves for the Predators.
Predators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: James Neal. We have a feeling.
Ex-Penguins on the Predators: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant general manager; Marcel Goc, C; Patric Hornqvist, RW; Nick Spaling, C.
Ex-Predators on the Penguins: Kevin McCarthy, assistant coach; James Neal, LW.
Useless Predators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Neal is one of two former Penguins who have worn No. 18 for the Predators. The other is right winger Adam Hall.
The last time the Penguins played the Predators, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (3-2-0, 2.81 GAA, .906 SV%) for the Penguins. Pekka Rinne (5-0-1, 1.62 GAA, .939 SV%) for the Predators.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo ("lower body") is doubtful. Right winger Beau Bennett ("lower body") is on injured reserve. For the Predators, centers Matt Cullen ("upper body") is on injured reserve. Center Mike Fisher (Achilles tendon) is on non-roster injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
9 Pascal Dupuis - 16 Brandon Sutter - 71 Evgeni Malkin
17 Blake Comeau - 13 Nick Spaling - 23 Steve Downie
38 Zach Sill - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams
58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
7 Paul Martin - 10 Christian Ehrhoff
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi
-The Predators' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
9 Filip Forsberg - 63 Mike Ribeiro - 18 James Neal
33 Colin Wilson - 21 Derek Roy - 15 Craig Smith
13 Olli Jokinen - 19 Calle Jarnkrok - 41 Taylor Beck
24 Eric Nystrom - 28 Paul Gaustad - 25 Viktor Stalberg
59 Roman Josi - 6 Shea Weber
20 Anton Volchenkov - 3 Seth Jones
14 Mattias Ekholm - 4 Ryan Ellis
-Adams has 99 career assists.
-Dupuis has 399 career points.
-Malkin has 399 career assists.
-Neal has appeared in three career games against the Penguins and has one assist.
-Jokinen has 38 points in 38 career games against the Penguins.
-The Predators are giving out Neal bobbleheads tonight. They are 3-0-2 - with two ties - all-time when they give out bobbleheads. Previous players who have been honored as bobbleheads include former Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun and forward Greg Johnson. The others have been forwards Scott Hartnell, Greg Johnson and goaltender Mike Dunham.
-The referees are Francois St. Laurent (No. 38) and Rob Martell (No. 26). The linesmen are Brad Kovachik (No. 71) and Tim Novak (No. 77).
-Our live blog begins at approximately 7:45 p.m. Please tune in.