P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators are in Montreal and looking for five-straight wins as they face the Canadiens tonight at Bell Centre. It's the second and final meeting this season between the two clubs and the first time Subban will skate in his former home arena since the trade that saw him land in Nashville last summer.
Preds General Manager David Poile made a deal before Wednesday's Trade Deadline to acquire forward P.A. Parenteaufrom New Jersey in exchange for a sixth-round pick. The veteran winger has 13 goals and 27 points on the season.
The Predators saw their win streak continue on Tuesday night in Buffalo with a 5-4 overtime win against the Sabres. Filip Forsberg, who was named the NHL's Second Star of the Month on Wednesday, tied the game late and then tallied the winner in OT, giving him 10 goals in his last five games. Mike Fisher, Colin Wilson and Ryan Johansen also scored and Pekka Rinne got his 25th win of the season.
Forsberg and Johansen are now tied for the team lead in scoring with 49 points apiece. Forsberg leads the team in goals with 26 and Johansen is first in assists with 39. Viktor Arvidsson has 21 goals and 45 points on the season and defenseman Roman Josi has 38 points, including 10 points in his last six games. James Neal has 18 goals on the season, while Fisher has potted 16. Rinne owns a 25-15-6 record in net for the Preds; Juuse Saros is 7-5-3.
Montreal (35-21-8) has won three straight, all in overtime, including a 1-0 win over Columbus on Tuesday. The Habs made a number of deals leading up to Wednesday's Trade Deadline, acquiring the likes of forwards Steve Ott and Dwight King, as well as defensemen Jordie Benn and Brandon Davidson. Max Pacioretty leads the Habs with 31 goals and 56 points, followed by former Preds Alexander Radulov with 46 points and Shea Weber with 37 points. Carey Price is 27-16-5 in net for Montreal; Al Montoya is 8-5-3.
Video: Thomas Willis previews the Preds and Habs
Update: Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette shared his thoughts on the newly acquired P.A. Parenteau, who is expected to be out of the lineup tonight with an upper-body injury:
"He gives us another player that can really move around the lineup," Laviolette said. "He's played in all different lines. He's got really good hands. He's capable of scoring goals, a veteran player. He brings another piece to the puzzle. For us, I think it was a really good pickup to add him to the mix of the players we already have here. He adds more depth and more scoring.
"He's dealing with an upper-body injury, nothing that's serious, he's still skating. It'll probably be a few games before he's in there."
For a look at Nashville's projected lineup for tonight's game, click here.
As Subban and the Preds look for two points in Quebec, here are three things to watch for:
Video: P.K. Subban speaks on emotional return to Montreal
There's no doubt P.K. Subban is excited to be back. Slated to play his first game at the Bell Centre in Montreal since being dealt to Nashville last summer for Shea Weber, Subban returned to his former city with a warm welcome.
While paying a visit to the Montreal Children's Hospital at the P.K. Subban Atrium, the defenseman was honored with the Meritorious Service Decoration from Canada Governor General David Johnston, recognizing Subban's contributions to the hospital and community.
But now it's game day, and Subban would love nothing more than to leave the city with two points for his team. Weber scored in his return to Nashville back in January - will Subban find the scoresheet tonight?
Star of the Month:
He just keeps going.
Filip Forsberg was named the NHL's Second Star for the month of February on Wednesday, and rightfully so. The winger has goals in five straight and points in six straight - 14 points in total over that stretch. Forsberg has tallied 10 goals in his last five games, becoming the first player since 2001 to score 10 in a five-game span. His 23 goals in his last 33 games leads the League.
Getting It Done:
For the first time this season, the Predators have won four consecutive games. And while they'll readily admit it hasn't always been pretty, they're finding ways to get it done. Like coming back from two goals down twice to beat the Sabres in overtime. Or sweeping a back-to-back weekend set over Washington and Edmonton. With points in six straight, the Preds are finding ways to end up in the win column, a trend they'd like to continue.
Take It In:
Tonight's game in Montreal comes with a 6:30 p.m. CT puck drop - therefore, pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee and 5:30 p.m. on 102.5 The Game and the Preds Radio Network.