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Game Day: Preds vs. Canadiens

by Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(30-10-4) Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens (28-13-3)
  6:30 P.M. | Bell Centre
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game

The Nashville Predators are north of the border tonight to take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The contest is Nashville's final outing before the 2015 NHL All-Star Break.

The Preds are coming off just their 10th regulation defeat of the season, a 5-2 loss to Detroit on Saturday. Nashville has not lost back-to-back games this campaign, recording a win after each of their regulation or overtime losses in 2014-15.

Mike Fisher, who tallied a power-play goal on Saturday, is currently in the midst of a six-game point streak. Fisher has posted 18 points in 20 games this season and is just one point away from 500 for his career. The Peterborough, Ontario, native is averaging 18:14 of ice time, second among team forwards, and has a 52.1 percent success rate in the face-off circle.

Colin Wilson recorded his 17th assist of the season on Saturday in Detroit, his 27th point in his last 28 games. Wilson, who has six multi-point outings in his past 13 contests, is third on the team in points with 31 (14g-17a). The forward is just four points shy of tying his career-high of 35 points in one season.

Filip Forsberg continues to lead the Preds offensive efforts with 39 points (15g-24a) through 44 games. Forsberg and James Neal are tied for the team lead in goals with 15.

Max Pacioretty is Montreal's leading scorer with 21 goals and 38 points on the campaign. Fellow forward Tomas Plekanec has tallied 32 points, while defenseman P.K. Subban has 10 goals and 29 points to his name. Carey Price leads the Canadiens in net, posting a 23-10-2 record this season with two shutouts.

The Preds have claimed points in 10 of their last 11 games and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 outings. The Habs are also 7-2-1 in their past 10 games and are 14-5-2 at the Bell Centre this season.

Tonight's contest is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season, with the Preds holding a 6-5-(1)-4 record all-time against the Canadiens, including a 3-4-(0)-1 mark in Montreal.

Nashville forward Mike Ribeiro was drafted by the Canadiens in 1998, appearing in 276 games for the team from 1999-2006, posting 153 points. Ribeiro has 11 points in nine career games against Montreal.

Morning Skate:

The Preds skated this morning at the Bell Centre prior to tonight's contest against the Habs. Goaltender Carter Hutton is expected to get the start in net for Nashville.

Nashville Projected Lines:


Forsberg - Ribeiro - Smith

Wilson - Fisher - Neal

Cullen - Jarnkrok - Bourque

Nystrom - Gaustad - Jokinen


Josi - Weber

Bartley - Jones

Ekholm - Volchenkov




*Probable Starter

Montreal Projected Lines:


Pacioretty - Plekanec - Weise

Galchenyuk - Desharnais - Gallagher

Sekac - Eller - Thomas

Bournival - Malholtra - Prust


Markov - Subban

Beaulieu - Gonchar

Emelin - Gilbert


Carey Price*

Dustin Tokarski

*Probable Starter
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