Matthews and Toronto take on Nashville
Toronto Maple Leafs (39-17-5, third in the Atlantic) vs. Nashville Predators (35-22-4, fourth in the Central)
Nashville, Tennessee; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Auston Matthews leads Toronto into a matchup with Nashville. He ranks fifth in the NHL with 77 points, scoring 45 goals and totaling 32 assists.
The Predators are 18-11-0 at home. Nashville has scored 196 goals and is sixth in the Western Conference averaging 3.2 goals per game. Filip Forsberg leads the team with 32.
The Maple Leafs are 17-10-3 on the road. Toronto has scored 224 goals and ranks second in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.7 goals per game. Matthews leads the team with 45.
In their last matchup on Nov. 16, Toronto won 3-0. Matthews recorded a team-high 2 points for the Maple Leafs.
TOP PERFORMERS: Roman Josi leads the Predators with 55 assists and has 72 points this season. Matt Duchene has 15 points over the last 10 games for Nashville.
Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 77 points, scoring 45 goals and adding 32 assists. Mitch Marner has seven goals and 10 assists over the last 10 games for Toronto.
LAST 10 GAMES: Predators: 6-4-0, averaging 3.8 goals, seven assists, 4.2 penalties and 10.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .922 save percentage.
Maple Leafs: 6-3-1, averaging 4.4 goals, 7.8 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.9 penalty minutes while allowing 3.9 goals per game with an .879 save percentage.
INJURIES: Predators: Thomas Novak: out (health protocols), Matt Benning: day to day (undisclosed), Mark Borowiecki: day to day (lower body).
Maple Leafs: Rasmus Sandin: day to day (illness), Jack Campbell: out (rib).