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Sunday, November 10th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (8-6-2) at New Jersey Devils (4-7-5), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will try to bounce back from a lopsided loss as they continue their seven-game road trip with Sunday's battle against the New Jersey Devils.

Nashville was off to a solid 2-0-1 start on its longest swing of the season before getting slammed by a 5-0 score Friday night in Winnipeg. The Predators were down 4-0 to the Jets after the first period and never recovered from the early onslaught.

The Predators fired 41 shots at Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, but were still shut out for a third time this season. The 5-0 defeat also matched Nashville's worst losing margin of the season, tying the club's 6-1 home loss to St. Louis on Oct. 26.

Carter Hutton was yanked after giving up three goals on eight shots in only 8:23 of action for the Predators, who couldn't maintain momentum from Wednesday's 6-4 win at Colorado.

Marek Mazanec made his NHL debut in relief and gave up two scores on 24 shots.

"Too many odd man rushes and we turned over pucks. All the damage was done in the first half of the first period. We weren't ready and they jumped on top of us," noted Predators defenseman Shea Weber.

Hutton, who is the club's de facto No. 1 goaltender with Pekka Rinne on the shelf, expects to get the start again on Sunday.

Forwards Mike Fisher (lower body) and Matt Hendricks (upper body) are questionable for Sunday's game. Fisher has missed the last two games for Nashville, while Hendricks has sat out the past three.

The Devils also will try for a rebound performance on Sunday. New Jersey ended a two-game slide with Thursday's 3-0 win at Philadelphia, but then lost the finale of a three-game road trip the following night in Toronto. James van Riemsdyk netted the lone goal of the shootout, leading the Maple Leafs to a 2-1 decision over New Jersey.

Michael Ryder lit the lamp and Cory Schneider stopped 27 shots for the Devils, who have dropped three of their last four.

After four straight chances were turned aside, van Riemsdyk was the third shooter for Toronto, opening up the final round by beating Schneider on the forehand.

Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier then forced an Adam Henrique chance wide to end the contest.

"I don't have an answer," Devils head coach Pete DeBoer said after his club fell to 0-4 this season and 0-for-14 in the breakaway round. "We'll have to look at some other options, some different things. I don't have an answer right now for that."

New Jersey also fell to 0-1-3 when playing the second game on back-to-back nights.

Martin Brodeur will get the start in net tonight and is 6-5-1 with a 2.55 goals against average in 12 career games against the Predators.

The Devils are 3-1-1 over their last five games against Nashville, but the Preds have taken two of three and four of the past six encounters in New Jersey.

11/10 10:35:22 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 49
MIL 53
 
1st
GSW 15
OKC 30
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
2nd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
Half
USF 46
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 15
CALST 16
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13