GAME: Nashville Predators (14-12-2-1) at Montreal Canadiens (14-13-4-1).
TIME: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Nashville Predators look to avoid going winless in a season-high five
straight games as they try for their first ever road win against the Montreal
Nashville's winless streak reached a season high-tying four games with a 2-1
overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks at home Tuesday. Prior to the skid, the
Predators had won a franchise-record six straight.
The Canucks took a 1-0 lead in the second period before Rem Murray tied it
for Nashville with less than seven minutes left in regulation with a
short-handed goal. Vancouver, however, won it at 1:19 of overtime when
Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun was screened.
"I was trying to look for it, but everyone was kind of scrambling in front
of me," Vokoun said. "I think it went to the far side of the net, but I don't
really know because I never saw the puck until after it was in the net."
Despite the loss, Nashville coach Barry Trotz liked what he saw from his
"I give our team a lot of credit," Trotz said. "We were down by a goal
with seven minutes to go in the game and we found a way to get a point. I'm
disappointed in the end result because the guys put a lot into it."
Nashville has lost each of its first three visits to Montreal, getting
outscored 10-5 in those games.
The Canadiens are playing well of late, with just two losses in their last
10 contests (5-2-3).
Montreal went unbeaten for the second straight game, skating to a 1-1 tie at
home with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Goalie Jose Theodore made 30 saves, and
Craig Rivet scored for Montreal, which has earned points in six of its last
eight home games.