NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (TICKER) —The Nashville Predators try to match the longest home winning streak in franchise history on Thursday when they host the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
The Predators have won five consecutive home games and seven of the last eight. They are trying to win six straight for the first time since a franchise-record run during the 2001-02 season.
Nashville is is 16-13-3 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center this season.
The Predators opened a three-game homestand with a 5-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen had a goal and an assist, Vitali Yachmenev recorded two assists and Tomas Vokoun faced only 19 shots en route to his eighth career shutout as Nashville won for the sixth time in seven games.
Defenseman Cale Hulse returned to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for receiving a match penalty in Saturday’s loss at Ottawa and scored his first goal in 57 games.
Pittsburgh completed a 2-3-0 homestand with a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Mario Lemiex had two goals and an assist and Martin Straka recorded a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have just five wins in their last 17 games.
Lemieux has scored five goals in his last six games and is tied with Vancouver’s Markus Naslund for the NHL lead with 83 points.
Pittsburgh, which is opening a three-game road trip, is 11-14-3-3 away from home this season.
The Predators won their only meeting with the Penguins last season, 5-0, here on November 23, 2001. Nashville is 3-3-1-0 all time against Pittsburgh and has won three of the last five games between the teams.