Nashville hosts New Jersey after Forsberg’s 2-goal game | Professional football


New Jersey Devils (8-5-4, sixth at Metropolitan) vs. Nashville Predators (10-8-1, seventh at Central)

Nashville, Tennessee; Friday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The New Jersey Devils visit Nashville after Filip Forsberg scored two goals in the Predators’ 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

The Predators are 5-4-0 at home. Nashville is averaging 10.8 penalty minutes per game, the third-highest in the Western Conference. Mark Borowiecki leads the team with 39 minutes in total.

The Devils are 3-2-2 in road games. New Jersey is eighth in the Eastern Conference with an average of 2.9 goals per game, led by Pavel Zacha with eight.

The teams meet on Friday for the first time this season.

BEST PERFORMERS: Matt Duchene leads the Predators with 20 points, scoring 12 goals and adding eight assists. Mikael Granlund has two goals and nine assists in the last 10 games for Nashville.

Zacha leads the Devils with eight goals and 12 points. Jesper Bratt has three goals and seven assists in New Jersey’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Predators: 5-4-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.1 assists, four penalties and 11.7 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with save percentage of, 910.

Devils: 4-3-3, averaging 2.8 goals, five assists, 3.8 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while allowing 2.8 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.

INJURIES: Predators: Filip Forsberg: absent (upper body).

Devils: Jesper Boqvist: day to day (upper body).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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