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Game Day: Bruins vs. Preds

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(31-20-6) Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators (26-21-10)
  7 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena | #BOSvsNSH
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game | Pregame: 6:30 P.M.
Tickets | Subway Student Rush

The Nashville Predators continue their three-game home stand tonight as they host the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds have 25 games remaining in the regular season and currently hold onto the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Nashville is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday night, with goals coming from Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg. Boston topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday night and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 outings.

Forward Ryan Johansen has made an immediate impact with the Preds since he was acquired on Jan. 6 from Columbus, notching 16 points (4g-12a) in 17 games and leads the team in scoring since then. In fact, since his acquisition, Nashville has averaged 7.29 points per game and 2.76 goals per game, increasing their NHL ranking in both categories.

With 181 power-play points (77g-104a), Preds Captain Shea Weber is one tally away from tying Kimmo Timonen for the top spot on the all-time franchise list. Timonen registered 182 points on the power play (46g-136a) during his time with the Preds.

Forward Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with five goals during the month of February and co-leads the team in points in the 17-day span, along with Roman Josi, with seven.

Josi sits atop the team scoring lead with 42 points overall, including 11 goals on the season. Forsberg is second with 37 points, followed by Weber and Mike Ribeiro, who have 36 points apiece. James Neal leads the team in goals with 21, followed by Forsberg with 19. Weber has 15 and Craig Smith has tallied 12 times. Goaltender Pekka Rinne, who is 3-0-1 all-time against Boston, is 20-18-8 this season. Carter Hutton owns a 6-2-2 mark between the pipes.

Weber is on a seven-game point streak versus the Bruins (3g-6a); Johansen has points in four straight against Boston (3g-4a).

Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins in points with 48; Loui Eriksson and David Krejci are tied for second with 45 on the campaign. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in goals with 28 and has 43 points overall; Bergeron has tallied 22 times while Eriksson has found the back of the net on 20 occasions. Tuukka Rask knows a 21-16-5 mark in net this season for the B's.

Tonight marks the second and final meeting of the season between the Predators and the Bruins. Nashville won the first meeting on Dec. 7 in Boston by a score of 3-2. Josi had two goals in the contest and Hutton stopped 15-of-17 shots on the night.
All-time, Nashville is 9-10-3 versus Boston, including a 6-5-0 record at Bridgestone Arena.

Predators Game Day Video:

Preds Players: Ryan Johansen, Colin Wilson and Pekka Rinne

What to Watch for: Preds Web Team Breakdown

Coach Presser: Head Coach Peter Laviolette

Projected Lineups:

Nashville Predators:

Calle Jarnkrok Ryan Johansen James Neal
Filip Forsberg Mike Ribeiro Craig Smith
Colin Wilson Mike Fisher Viktor Arvidsson
Miikka Salomaki Paul Gaustad Austin Watson
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm Ryan Ellis
Barret Jackman Anthony Bitetto


Goaltenders: Pekka Rinne is the announced starter in net with Carter Hutton serving as the backup.

Extra: (D) Petter Granberg, (F) Cody Bass, (F) Eric Nystrom (IR; lower-body), Gabriel Bourque (IR; upper-body)

Boston Bruins:

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Brett Connolly
Matt Beleskey David Krejci Jimmy Hayes
Loui Eriksson Ryan Spooner David Pastrnak
Landon Ferraro Max Talbot Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara Zach Trotman
Torey Krug Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg Kevan Miller


Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask is the expected starter with Jonas Gustavsson serving as the backup.

Extra: (F) Chris Kelly, (D) Colin Miller, (D) Joe Morrow, (F) Zac Rinaldo

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