Tonight in the NHL: Predators face slumping Wild

Tonight in the NHL: Predators face slumping Wild
February 9, 2013, 12:30 pm
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The Flyers face the Carolina Hurricanes in an afternoon matchup today (see game preview).

Max Talbot, who has played in a different role with the Flyers in the early going, wants to duplicate his production from last season (see story).

Here is a look at the other games tonight in the NHL:

Predators at Wild, 8 p.m.
The Nashville Predators visit the slumping Minnesota Wild tonight.

Despite making a splash during the offseason with the signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Wild have failed to meet the high expectations set for them at the start of the season.  

Since winning their first two games to open the season, the Wild have only won twice in their past eight games, which includes a current three-game losing streak in which they have totaled three goals.

On the other hand, the Predators are in the midst of a four-game wining streak.  

The Predators own the lowest goals-against average in the league at 1.81. During the Predators' winning streak, goalie Pekka Rinne has saved 112 of 115 shots for a 0.74 goals against average.

Sabres at Islanders, 7 p.m.
The Buffalo Sabres travel across the state to take on the New York Islanders.  

The Sabres look to build off their 5-4 shootout victory over Montreal thanks to two third-period goals from Thomas Vanek. Before their victory, the Sabres were in the midst of a 1-6-1 slump.

Buffalo needs to see an improvement in goal, as the Sabres are tied for a league-worst 41 goals against.

The Islanders are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, but look to get back on track with the likely season debuts of Lubomir Visnovsky and Josh Bailey.

Visnovsky, who was acquired from Anaheim in the offseason, missed the start of the season due to a family matter in his native Slovakia, while Bailey was sidelined with a knee injury that occurred overseas during the lockout.

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