A three-game home stand concludes tonight for the Nashville Predators as they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to town. The Preds have won two straight and seven of their last eight overall, while scoring at least four goals in each of their last five contests.
Forever linked together due to a certain trade that took place two summers ago, P.K. Subban will face his former team for the first time in Nashville since the deal, just the second time overall he will skate against the Canadiens. Meanwhile, former Preds defenseman Shea Weber did not play last night for Montreal due to a lower-body injury.
The Predators will continue to be without forward Scott Hartnell and defenseman Yannick Weber, both of whom are out with lower-body injuries, as well as forward Austin Watson, who will serve the final game of his two-game suspension for boarding. However, players throughout the lineup have stepped up - no matter the personnel - with Nashville collecting 12 wins and 26 points through their first 20 games to sit third in the Western Conference.
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"I think we're progressing and we're going in the right direction," Preds forward Craig Smith said. "If we just correct a couple of things late in the game [when some leads] kind of get away from us, and penalties… especially, the penalties are quick fixes, [we'll be in better shape]. But I think that we're trending in the direction of playing our best hockey."
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Last Time Out:
Nashville recorded five goals for the second consecutive game and defeated Winnipeg by a 5-3 final to come within one point of the Jets for second place in the Central Division. Kevin Fiala, Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris, Mattias Ekholm and Nick Bonino all tallied in the win for Nashville, while goaltender Pekka Rinne collected his 11th victory of the season.
Ekholm has scored a goal in four-straight games - a franchise record for a defenseman - while seven players are currently riding at least a two-game point streak. Filip Forsberg continues to lead the team with nine goals and 21 points, followed by Subban (16 pts) and Viktor Arvidsson (15 pts).
Montreal is set to play the second half of a back-to-back set after a 3-1 loss last night in Dallas, the fourth consecutive defeat for the Canadiens.
Brendan Gallagher leads the team with 14 points, while Jonathan Drouin and Shea Weber have 13 points apiece. Gallagher has nine goals on the season, followed by Max Pacioretty with seven. Goaltender Carey Price is with the team but is currently injured and his status for tonight's game is unknown.
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The Predators are 9-6-1-6 all-time against the Canadiens, including a 5-1-1-4 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has earned at least one point in 10 of its last 11 meetings with Montreal dating back to Nov. 14, 2009. The Preds have lost to the Habs only once in regulation at home - a 3-1 decision on March 10, 2003 - and have picked up points in seven straight matchups with Montreal on Bridgestone Arena ice.
Notables Versus Montreal:
Kevin Fiala made his NHL debut against the Canadiens on March 24, 2015. Pekka Rinne is 6-2-2 versus the Habs in his career with a 1.37 goals-against average and two shutouts. His .951 save percentage ranks as his second-best against a single opponent and trails only his .961 mark against the Buffalo Sabres. Nick Bonino fired a career-high seven shots on March 5, 2014, versus Montreal and Roman Josi has four points (1g-3a) in seven career games against the Habs.
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When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop.
The Nashville Predators Foundation, in partnership with Delaware North Concessions, is adding $1 buttons for all November home games. Add $1 onto any concession purchase at tonight's game and donate directly to Room in the Inn.
Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game from Nashville comes with a 7 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live Pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow @PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates from Bridgestone Arena.
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Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).
Watch a Live Stream of the game on the Fox Sports Go App or Watch on NHL.TV.