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The Golden Knights prevailed 4-3

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This kind of deja vu Nashville Predators Hoodies Authentic , the New Jersey Devils can do without.Last January when the Nashville Predators most recently visited New Jersey, the Devils had seven injured regulars missing from the lineup. As such, the resulting 3-0 loss to the Predators was not a big surprise.Now, with the teams again set to face off Thursday at Prudential Center, the Devils are hoping for a better result despite another rash of injuries.Article continues below ...The Devils (4-2-0) placed defensemen Steven Santini and Ben Lovejoy, and winger Drew Stafford, on injured reserve earlier this week. Veteran center Travis Zajac is battling a lower body injury and may not be able to play Thursday, while winger Jesper Bratt remains on IR with a fractured jaw. Then there is goaltender Cory Schneider, who is still rehabbing offseason hip surgery in the minor leagues.“That’s a lot hanging over our heads, but we have to be ready to play,” said Devils coach John Hynes. “We have a team picked to win the Stanley Cup coming in, and they’re coming off a loss, so we we’ve got to be ready to play no matter what.”Four players were recalled from the Devils AHL affiliate in Binghamton this week. Rookie forward John Quenneville is back after starting the season in New Jersey, as is veteran defenseman Eric Gryba. They are joined by forward Kevin Rooney and former KHL defenseman Yegor Yakovlev in joining the Devils for Thursday’s contest.“Those guys should bring energy to your team and you should have some real hungry guys in your room,” said Hynes. “That’s important to find ways to win.”The Devils are looking to snap a two-game slide, punctuated by Saturday’s lackluster 5-2 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia. In response, Hynes put the team through a series of battle drills in an exhausting practice on Monday before returning to normal hockey drills the next two days.“We kind of got away the last few games from our game,” said Devils forward Marcus Johansson. “We’re going to make sure we’re ready to play hard when the next game comes up.”Despite Tuesday’s 5-4 home-ice loss to the San Jose Sharks Nashville Predators Hats Authentic , the Predators won seven of their first nine games this season. The defeat snapped a five-game winning streak.Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals and added an assist in the loss, and has six goals, tied for the team lead with Filip Forsberg. However, it wasn’t enough as the Predators surrendered three unanswered goals in the third period.“We weren’t going to win out the rest of the season,” Nashville forward Colton Sissons told nhl.com. “Obviously, it stings a little more when you have a two-goal lead heading into the third in your own building. We don’t like that one bit.”While the Predators do not have the injury woes New Jersey does, they are a bit banged up. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis left Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury and his availability for Thursday’s game in New Jersey is not known. And Pekka Rinne, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, is on IR with as lower body injury.In Rinne’s place, 23-year-old Juuse Saros was elevated to the starter’s role. He has four wins in five decisions on the season with a 2.37 goals-against average and one shutout, but did allow five goals on 32 shots in the loss to San Jose.“One of the best up-and-coming goalies in the league,” Forsberg said of Saros to The Tennessean.Added Predators coach Peter Laviolette, “Juuse has given us no reason to think he can’t handle this.”The Predators won each of their last three visits to Prudential Center, including last year’s blanking of the Devils. Saros has two career appearances against the Devils, a regulation win and an overtime loss to go along with a 1.45 GAA. A funny thing has happened after the Dallas Stars ran into injury troubles.They have managed to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. Now, the Stars (13-10-3) have a chance to improve their fortunes as top goaltender Ben Bishop returns from injury Saturday in Vancouver against the Canucks (11-14-3).“The best part of our game has been our goaltending,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery told reporters after a practice Friday. “It doesn’t matter which one (Bishop or Anton Khudobin) is in nets. They always give us an opportunity. When Bish is in there, it’s a different feeling behind the bench. He gives us more control Custom Nashville Predators Jerseys , positioning, poise and, obviously, the puckhandling is really good.”Article continues below ...Bishop sports an 8-5-1 record, .923 save percentage, 2.33 goals-against average and two shutouts this season. He has missed the past five games with an undisclosed lower-body injury.Montgomery confirmed that he will start in goal against the Canucks.Perhaps not coincidentally, the Stars have only two wins in the past six games as Khudobin has carried most of the netminding load. Temporary backup Landon Bow was returned to the Texas Stars of the AHL on Friday.Khudobin earned praise from Montgomery for his competitiveness. The Stars have lost four of their past six games, but Dallas currently sits — just barely — above the playoff bar.That’s quite a feat considering that the Stars have been playing without top defensemen John Klingberg (hand) and Marc Methot (knee) — as well as fellow rearguards Stephen Johns (neck/headaches) and Connor Carrick (foot).Only one of the six defensemen now playing regularly, Esa Lindell, 24, toiled with Dallas last season.Most of the defense minutes have been logged by an unlikely mix of other teams’ castoffs — Joe Hanley, 27; Taylor Fedun, 30, and Roman Polak, 32 — and young prospects Miro Heiskanen, 19, who is viewed as a rookie of the year candidate, and Gavin Bayreuther www.officialdevils.com , 24.“We’ve got a lot of call-ups here, and we’re a bunch of underdogs, to be honest — and we’re playing our hearts out,” Bayreuther, who began the season in the AHL, told the team’s website.Montgomery said the veterans and youngsters on the blue line have inspired the rest of the Stars.“They’re saving our season — there’s no other way to say it,” said Montgomery.The Stars are coming off an overtime win in Calgary on Wednesday. Meanwhile the struggling Canucks hope to rebound from what coach Travis Green called a “disheartening” home-ice loss Thursday to Vegas. The Golden Knights prevailed 4-3 on a shorthanded goal by William Karlsson after a blatant turnover — and lack of effort — by the Canucks in the final six and a half minutes.Green expressed strong disappointment after the game Thursday. But the coach, whose injury-depleted club has only one win in 11 games, tried to put a positive spin on the result Friday, contending he “felt great” about his team’s showing.“I’d take (Thursday) night’s game 82 times and I’d be really happy,” he said. “And I know our record would be a lot better than a lot of people thought we’d be at the start of the year. If (Thursday) night’s game is there every night, we’re definitely making a lot of improvements.”The injury-riddled Canucks got some good news Friday as they was learned top defenseman Alex Edler will be able to play Saturday after receiving a cut in the face and going through the concussion protocol Thursday. Edler took part in practice and told reporters he is good to play against the Stars.“Five guys (were) out again (Thursday) night, so it was nice not to add Edler to the list,” said Green.
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