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Islanders vs. Predators Gameday: 1 p.m. Start

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If you missed it, the Islanders are still 14th in the East by points, but they have a new basement neighbor: The Tampa Bay Lightning have fallen all the way to the bottom (though in truth, the other frequent neighbor, the Hurricanes, have played five more games than the Isles while compiling just one more point).

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Predators (25-15-4, 6th/W) @ Islanders (16-20-6, 14th/E)
1 p.m. | MSG+ | Audio: NHL -
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On the Forecheck

The Nashville Predators are in familiar territory too: On the positive side of the West's playoff bubble while looking up at not two, but three league powers above them in the Central.

The Predators are in this perch thanks to a four-game win streak, including a 4-2 win the other night against the Isles nemesis Flyers. But they're one of those teams who's doing it while being outshot an average of 31.2 to 27.5 per night. For observers of Fenwick, they're near the league's basement (45%) -- Anaheim territory -- in possession with the score close or tied. Cheers to a 21.6% (3rd overall) powerplay and Pekka Rinne, who has a .920 save percentage and .929 at even strength in 40 games. We might see big Anders Lindback today though.

With a game tomorrow in Washington, you have to assume we'll see someone else in net one of these games, though Jack Capuano used Nabby back-to-back during this string. Whether that's Kevin Poulin or Al Montoya (if he comes off IR), we'll soon see.

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