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Defensemen Weber, Subban go head-to-head for first time in Nashville since trade

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

CANADIENS (31-18-7) at PREDATORS (33-21-5)

8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV


The Game

Shea Weber and P.K. Subban will play against each other for the first time in Nashville since they were traded for one another when the Montreal Canadiens face the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

The Canadiens acquired Weber from the Predators for Subban on June 29, 2016. The defensemen have gone head-to-head twice in Montreal, with the Predators winning the most recent game, 4-1 on Jan. 5.

Montreal is 4-0-2 in its past six games and 8-1-2 in its past 11.

Nashville is 0-2-1 in its past three games after going 5-1-0 in its previous six.


Players to watch

Canadiens goalie Carey Price is 7-0-1 with a 1.74 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout in his past eight starts. He's five wins from tying Jacques Plante (314) for the most in team history.

Predators forward Ryan Johansen has eight points (two goals, six assists) in a five-game point streak.


They said it

"I just want them to play their game. The boost that we'll get from them will probably be from the experience we picked up where in certain situations, they'll be able to handle it more maybe than a guy with a little bit less [experience]." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

"For me, it was tough to come back and try to get myself back in shape, but we're there now, just continuing to find myself. I think last game I played like my season-high most minutes, so I was back up to almost 28 minutes a game. It was great, and I felt good." -- Predators defenseman P.K. Subban


Canadiens projected lineup

Jonathan Drouin -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Tomas Tatar -- Max Domi -- Andrew Shaw

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Nate Thompson -- Dale Weise

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Mike Reilly -- Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Matthew Peca, Charles Hudon, Christian Folin

Injured: Paul Byron (arm)


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Colton Sissons -- Brian Boyle -- Ryan Hartman

Rocco Grimaldi -- Kyle Turris -- Calle Jarnkrok

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Frederick Gaudreau, Cody McLeod, Matt Irwin

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body)

Suspended: Austin Watson


Status report

Thompson and Weise could play for the first time since being traded to Montreal in separate deals with the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. … The Predators held an optional morning skate.


Stat pack

Weber will play in his 900th NHL game. … Drouin has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past four games. … Forsberg has five points (two goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak.

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