The Nashville Predators have a chance to take seven of a possible eight points when their four-game road trip concludes tonight in Boston against the Bruins. It's the first of two meetings between the two clubs this season; the Preds will host the B's on Jan. 7.
It was a week ago tonight when the Preds gave up four goals in the second period at home to the Dallas Stars in a game that left them frustrated and embarrassed. Since then, Nashville is 2-0-1 on a road trip that started with a back-to-back sweep of the Rangers and Islanders in New York.
Thursday night brought about a meeting with the Senators, which saw Nashville score three in the third to earn a point and force overtime, before ultimately allowing a power-play goal in the extra session. The Preds were forced to come back after allowing three goals in the second period to Ottawa, and while they'll take the point, they know they could've had another.
"We got a point, but we need two points in every game," Preds Associate Captain Ryan Ellis said following the loss. "Looking back after a bad second period, that's totally preventable. Getting that point is big, but we're here for two, and it's time we take two all the time."
The Predators did not practice on Friday after arriving in Boston. Mikael Granlund (day-to-day) and Viktor Arvidsson (Injured Reserve) have been skating with the team but have yet to play on this road trip.
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Last Time Out:
Craig Smith scored his third goal in two games on Thursday night in Ottawa, and Rocco Grimaldi, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi tallied in the final period against the Senators. Grimaldi has a goal in each game of the road trip thus far, and Johansen has goals in two-straight games.
Josi's 31 points are tops among his Preds teammates, followed by Ellis with 27 and Calle Jarnkrok with 25. Nick Bonino leads the team with 13 goals, followed by Jarnkrok and Filip Forsberg with 12 and the Josi with 11. Juuse Saros played Thursday night in Ottawa and is 5-7-3 on the season, while Pekka Rinne is 11-5-3 in net.
The Bruins sit second in the Eastern Conference with 50 points, but they've dropped seven of their last eight games, including a 3-2 loss in a shootout to the Islanders on Thursday. Brad Marchand has 18 goals and 51 points on the season, while David Pastrnak has 28 goals, a total that leads the League. Pastrnak also has 50 points, and Patrice Bergeron has 11 goals and 28 points. Tuukka Rask is 13-4-5 in net for the Bruins; Jaroslav Halak is 8-3-3 on the season.
The Predators are 13-13-(1)-2 all-time against the Bruins, including a 3-8-(1)-2 record on the road. Nashville has won five of its last eight meetings against the Bruins (5-3-0), but they're searching for their first win in Boston since Dec. 7, 2015.
Notables Versus Boston:
Kyle Turris has 20 points (10g-10a), including five multi-point games, in 29 career contests against the Bruins, and Ryan Johansen has 10 points (4g-6a) in 14 career games against Boston.
Dante Fabbro played three seasons for Boston University from 2016-19 and led all Terriers defensemen in points with 80 (22g-58a) in 111 games during his three seasons there. Colin Blackwell is a native of Lawrence, Mass., and skated four seasons for Harvard University from 2011-16, tallying 58 points (19g-39a) in 94 games. Nick Bonino won an NCAA National Championship with Boston University in 2009.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 6 p.m. (CT) puck drop at TD Garden begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 5:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 5 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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