Series (Game 1 of 2)

Nashville leads 2-0

Game 1: Thursday, January 1st
Game 2: Thursday, March 4th

Penguins 2

(9-21-3, 26 pts)

Predators 3

(17-14-2, 40 pts)

3:00 PM ET, January 1, 2004

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
PIT 1 1 02
NSH 0 1 23

K. Timonen (Predators - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

M. Zidlicky (Predators - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

T. Surovy (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Pittsburgh (9-20-5-3) at Nashville (16-14-4-2) 3:00 pm EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators return home after a rough four-game road swing when they host the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Nashville went 1-2-1 in its four-game road trip after Monday's 5-2 setback at San Jose. Rem Murray and defenseman Marek Zidlicky each scored for the Predaotrs, who have surrendered 11 goals in their last four outings.

Predators right wing Scott Walker has eight points in his last five games. Murray has six points in the last nine.

Nashville has just one win in its last five home games, going 1-2-2 in that span.

Pittsburgh enters on a 10-game road winless streak, going 0-7-0-3. Its last road win was a 2-1 overtime triumph at Buffalo on November 14.

The Penguins fell to 1-4-1-1 in their last seven games after Wednesday's 6-1 to the New York Islanders. Sebastien Caron was pulled after two periods after yielding five goals on 22 shots.

Nashville has posted shutouts of Pittsburgh in the last two matchups here, including a 6-0 blanking on February 27, 2003.