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Saturday, December 7th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (13-13-3) at Washington Capitals (14-12-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will try to avoid a fifth consecutive loss when they visit the Washington Capitals for Saturday's battle at the Verizon Center.

The Predators have matched a season-worst losing streak with their current 0-3-1 funk, tying the club's 0-4-0 skid from Nov. 8-15. Another setback on Saturday would give Nashville its worst losing streak since dropping eight straight from April 4-19 of last season.

Nashville's last two losses came in regulation and Barry Trotz's club was handed a 5-2 defeat by visiting Carolina on Thursday. Jeff Skinner scored his first career hat trick to lift the Hurricanes to the lopsided win at Bridgestone Arena.

The Preds led the contest 2-1 in the early stages of the second period, but couldn't finish off Carolina. The Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals to end the game, including three in under 13 minutes in the second period after the Predators had taken the 2-1 lead with two goals in the first 2:41 of the frame.

"Their top guys were good tonight, and we didn't have a match for them," Trotz said. "Some of our top guys weren't on today. I think our core wasn't as strong."

Mike Fisher and Viktor Stalberg scored for the Predators. Marek Mazanec allowed four goals on 13 shots in the first two periods and Carter Hutton made nine saves in the third.

Nashville played its third straight game without star defenseman Shea Weber, who has been out with an eye injury since getting hit with a puck on Nov. 28. Weber returned to practice on Friday and is making the trip to D.C. He is expected to be a game-time decision tonight.

The Predators went winless during their recent four-game homestand, but they can extend a three-game road winning streak on Saturday. Nashville, which will complete a brief two-game swing with Tuesday's test against the New York Rangers, is 7-7-1 on the road this season.

Washington will try to get back on track Saturday after having a two-game winning streak halted with Tuesday's 4-1 loss against the Hurricanes. Skinner had two goals and an assist in the win for Carolina.

Mike Green scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. It was the first goal of the season for Green, a defenseman who once scored 31 goals for Washington during the 2008-09 campaign.

"You know as a smaller subplot it's obviously good for him," Capitals coach Adam Oates said of Green's goal. "It's obviously been something that we've talked about a lot. Now the zero is gone, so hopefully it leads to more."

Braden Holtby turned aside 19-of-23 shots over two periods before being pulled in favor of Philipp Grubauer, who made nine saves in the third frame. Neither Holtby nor Grubauer has ever faced the Predators.

The Caps played their third straight game without forward Brooks Laich, who is dealing with a groin injury at the moment. He is expected to sit out a fourth consecutive tilt on Saturday.

Washington is playing on back-to-back days this weekend and will visit the Rangers on Sunday.

The Capitals have taken six of the past seven meetings with the Predators, although four of Washington's victories during that span have come after regulation.

Nashville is 2-4-2 in its eight all-time trips to D.C.

12/07 10:41:09 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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