Game Preview: PREDATORS (16-11-6) @ CANADIENS (20-11-3)
TV: RDS, SNE 8:00 p.m.
The Habs make their second stop along their eight-game road trip, stopping off in Nashville to take on the Predators Monday night.
In the midst of a tough stretch, the Habs will look to rebound against the Predators after losing their seventh game in their last eight matches.
Peter Laviolette’s troops recently snapped out of a three game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild, with sniper James Neal scoring the game-winning-goal for the Predators.
Pekka Rinne is expected to earn the start between the pipes for Nashville after turning aside 20 of the 22 shots he faced Saturday against the Wild. In six career starts against the Canadiens in his career, Rinne sports a 4-1-1 record with a stellar 1.32 goals against average and a save percentage of .948.
In an attempt to return to the win column, Michel Therrien’s squad showcased new line formations at practice on Sunday. Captain Max Pacioretty was reunited with longtime center David Desharnais on a line completed by Dale Weise. Rookie Michael McCarron lined up alongside Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn, indicating that Sven Andrighetto and Devante Smith-Pelly could sit out against the Predators Monday night.
As Jeff Petry is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Jarred Tinordi will step in and play his first game of the season. The 24-year-old defenseman suited up for 13 games last season, picking up two assists and 19 penalty minutes.
Both Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski saw action against the Dallas Stars in the Canadiens most recent game on Saturday night. Tokarski, who was confirmed this morning as Monday night’s starter, stopped all four shots thrown his way after replacing Condon in the third period. With back-to-back games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday night, it is possible that the duo might split the workload.
This marks the first matchup of the year between the two squads, who are scheduled to meet once again on February 22, 2016 at the Bell Center in Montreal.