Season series: Shea Weber had a goal and an assist when the Nashville Predators beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on March 11. The Sabres visit Nashville for the first time since Dec. 11, 2011, when they came away with a 3-2 win.
Big story: This game will be a tale of two goalies.
With injuries to Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth, Sabres rookie Matt Hackett has stepped up. Hackett is 1-1-0 with a .958 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average in his first two appearances for the Sabres. Coach Ted Nolan said Hackett has earned the temporary starter's job.
"Hackett definitely earned it. That's one thing about now, it's audition time. You audition and you do a couple good auditions, you should get another one," Nolan said.
Predators franchise goalie Pekka Rinne has made nearly every start since returning from injury on March 4, but with mixed results. Rinne has gone 3-5-2, but made 29 saves in a 2-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.