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Weber game-time decision for Montreal against former team; Nashville can move into second place in Central

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

CANADIENS (8-12-2) at PREDATORS (12-6-2)

8 p.m. ET; SN1, RDS, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber is a game-time decision to play against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday. Weber, who played his first 11 NHL seasons with the Predators before being traded to the Canadiens for P.K. Subban on June 29, 2016, participated in an optional skate on Wednesday.

Weber said the lower-body injury that caused him to miss the Candiens' 3-1 loss at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday has been nagging him for a little while now. The Canadiens are 0-3-1 in their past four games and 4-7-0 on the road.

The Predators, 7-1-0 in their last eight games, will try to improve upon their 7-1-1 home record. The Predators could move past the Winnipeg Jets for second place in the Central Division with a win and a Jets loss to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher scored his team-leading ninth goal on Tuesday.

Predators' Mattias Ekholm has scored in four consecutive games, a team record for defensemen.


They said it

"It's improving, that's the good thing. Obviously mentally that's what you want is just to continue to improve. Obviously, you want it to be perfect over a matter of no time, but that's not always the case." -- Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber on his injury.   

"I think we had our struggles early in the year, a little inconsistent. But I think the last 10 games we've been playing a lot better and playing really consistent. Still a lot of things we can do better, playing with the lead and stuff like that, so there's always room for improvement, but I thought the last couple games have been good." -- Predators defenseman Roman Josi on the first 20 games 


Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Jonathan Drouin -- Alex Galchenyuk

Paul Byron -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Jacob de la Rose -- Torrey Mitchell

Jordie Benn -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Joe Morrow -- Victor Mete

Antti Niemi

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Byron Froese , Brandon Davidson, Jakub Jerabek

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Al Montoya (concussion), David Schlemko (hand)    


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok

Pontus Aberg -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Miikka Salomaki

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Cody McLeod

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Scott Hartnell (lower body), Yannick Weber (lower body)


Status report

Price participated in an optional morning skate. The Canadiens recalled defenseman Jerabek from Laval of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. … Gaudreau could replace McLeod on the fourth line.


Stat pack

Pacioretty has five points (three goals, two assists) in 10 career games against the Predators. … Forsberg has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a five-game point streak. Fiala has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games.

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