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Game Preview: Canadiens (8-12-2) @ Predators (12-6-2)

The Habs play a second game in less than 24 hours on Wednesday in Nashville

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

The Habs will be looking to snap a four-game slide when they hit the ice for a second time in less than 24 hours, on Wednesday in Nashville.

On Tuesday in Dallas, Claude Julien's troops fell 3-1 to the Stars following a costly 59-second span during which the team allowed two goals at the end of the middle frame.

Brendan Gallagher was the Canadiens' lone goal scorer, netting his team-leading ninth of the season.

Shea Weber missed the game with a lower-body injury, and will miss facing his former team in Music City on Wednesday as well.

Jakub Jerabek meanwhile will take part in his first NHL game after being called up from the Laval Rocket earlier in the day. He will replace rookie Victor Mete on the blue line.

In goal, Antti Niemi will get his first start since being claimed off waivers from the Florida Panthers a week ago. He previously hit the ice in relief of Charlie Lindgren last Saturday against Toronto.

Carey Price meanwhile practiced with his teammates on Tuesday, but a timeline for his return has not yet been given.

At the other end of the ice, the Predators are currently on a two-game win streak, and boast a 7-3 record in their last 10, and a 7-2 record at home overall.

On Monday, six Preds registered two points each in a 5-3 win over Winnipeg, including newcomer Kyle Turris.

In five games with his new team, Turris already has five points (2G-3A).

Filip Forsberg (9G-12A) leads all Nashville point-getters with 21, while P.K. Subban sits second with 16 (4G-12A).

Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Montreal time, and will be broadcast on SN1, RDS, 98,5 fm, and TSN 690 in Canada.

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