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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Predators

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (46-20-7) @ PREDATORS (44-21-8)

The Canadiens will try to make it four in a row on Tuesday in Nashville.

Winners of their last three, the Habs have outscored their opponents 9-2 over that span, thanks in large part to the work of Carey Price, who is coming off a pair of back-to-back shutouts and hasn’t allowed a goal since the middle frame in Tampa Bay last Monday.

Price will be back in goal against the Predators, and is now just two wins shy of tying the single-season franchise wins record held by Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden (42).

On the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne will get the start for the Preds. The Finnish netminder is ranked second behind Price for wins (38) and goals against average (2.09) this season, and fourth in save percentage (0.927).

Like the Canadiens, Nashville went through a rough patch earlier this month, dropping to second in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues.

On Saturday, Rinne made 24 saves to register his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Injured over the weekend, Tom Gilbert did not make the trip to Music City and will be replaced by Nathan Beaulieu in the lineup. Torrey Mitchell could also be back in uniform after missing the last four games with an upper body injury.

In their previous meeting this season, P.K. Subban scored in overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Predators at the Bell Centre. Price notably made 36 saves in the effort.

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