CANADIENS (22-9-6) @ PREDATORS (16-14-6)
NASHVILLE - The Canadiens begin the 2017 calendar year with a three-game road trip that starts with a tilt against the Predators on Tuesday night in Nashville.
The contest will mark Shea Weber's return to Tennessee, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL career. The veteran rearguard is coming off his 800th career game last Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
Acquired by the Predators in exchange for Weber, P.K. Subban won't be in uniform against his former teammates as he remains sidelined with an upper-body injury that has forced him to miss the last seven games. Subban is currently on injured reserve and his condition will be re-evaluated over the coming weeks.
Nashville has won just three of their last seven games in Subban's absence. In their most recent outing on December 30, the Predators suffered a 4-0 defeat against the St. Louis Blues.
Speaking of injuries, Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais, Andrew Shaw, Andrei Markov and Greg Pateryn did not accompany the team to Music City and will not play on Tuesday night.
Michel Therrien's troops will try to bounce back from Saturday night's 4-3 overtime loss in Western Pennsylvania. After surrendering the game-tying goal with just 55 seconds remaining in regulation time, the Penguins scored in the extra frame to walk away with two points at PPG Paints Arena. The Canadiens returned home with four out of a possible six points on the year-end trip, though, which also included stops in Tampa and Sunrise.
Before the team departed for Nashville, Therrien confirmed that Carey Price would make his 28th start of the season on Tuesday night. Pekka Rinne will be between the pipes for the Predators.
The Canadiens will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Predators. They have a 4-4-1-1 record in 10 games in Nashville.