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Predators' penalty kill to get big challenge from Bruins

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com

PREDATORS (13-8-5) AT BRUINS (14-8-3)

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BOSTON -- The Nashville Predators' penalty kill will face a stiff test Monday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

The Predators, who are 28th in the NHL in penalty kill at 75.0 percent, have allowed seven goals in 14 shorthanded situations in the past five games. The Bruins' power play is No. 1 in the League at 30.6 percent.

"Their power play's really good," Nashville defenseman Shea Weber said. "So the best penalty kill is not going to the box. And we're going through a tough time. We're working through it so by not taking penalties it's going to help our penalty kill."

The Predators have won once in their past five games (1-2-2) and they're playing the second game of a three-game road trip, which concludes Tuesday at the Chicago Blackhawks.

Weber was named the NHL Second Star of the Week for his play last week; he had three goals and three assists in three games.

The Bruins are home following a three-game road trip to Western Canada, where they went 1-0-2. Coach Claude Julien had to make a couple of changes on defense before a 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, with Kevan Miller and Joe Morrow replacing Dennis Seidenberg and Colin Miller because of injuries. Morrow was plus-1 with an assist in 20:48 of ice time in his first game since Nov. 5.

"It was a little nerve-wracking," Morrow said. "It could've gone either way. I could've had a good game or a bad game. I did everything I could to play well and keep it simple and contribute to the team when some guys are banged up like that. I felt pretty good about it. Hopefully I can consistently be a part of this team and be in the lineup night in and night out."

Here are the projected lineups:

PREDATORS

Filip Forsberg - Calle Jarnkrok - James Neal

Colin Wilson - Mike Ribeiro - Viktor Arvidsson

Cody Hodgson - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith

Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Austin Watson

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Barret Jackman - Seth Jones

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Carter Hutton

Pekka Rinne

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (undisclosed), Mike Fisher (lower body), Gabriel Bourque (undisclosed)

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto

BRUINS

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Brett Connolly

Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - Loui Eriksson

Ryan Spooner - Joonas Kemppainen - Frank Vatrano

Zac Rinaldo - Landon Ferraro - Tyler Randell

Zdeno Chara - Zach Trotman

Joe Morrow - Kevan Miller

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Jonas Gustavsson

Tuukka Rask

Injured: Chris Kelly (leg), David Pastrnak (foot), Dennis Seidenberg (undisclosed), Colin Miller (undisclosed)

Scratched: Jimmy Hayes

Status report: Salomaki took the morning skate on the fourth line for Nashville. He's still listed on injured reserve. ... Julien said he'll have decisions to make on defense before the game. McQuaid blocked a shot in the first period Saturday and didn't return. All eight defensemen participated in the morning skate.

Who's hot: Josi has one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak. … Weber had a hat trick Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. ... Marchand has three goals in the past two games.

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