NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, January 15th (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (20-20-3) at Montreal Canadiens (25-11-6), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to get back in the win column tonight when they welcome the Nashville Predators for an interconference matchup at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens had won four straight before running into division rival Boston on Tuesday night. Zdeno Chara scored two power-play goals, and the Boston Bruins widened their Northeast Division lead with a 3-1 victory over the rival Montreal Canadiens.
Andrei Kostitsyn provided the only offense for the Canadiens, who had won four straight and nine of their previous 11 games. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in taking the loss.
Halak has started the last six games for Montreal, as No. 1 goaltender Carey Price continues to be bothered by a lower-body injury. Price is still at least a week away from returning.
The Canadiens are 14-4-4 at home this year and have won three straight and five of six at the Bell Centre. Tonight's test will be Montreal's last home game for two weeks, as it won't play another game in Quebec until after the Bell Centre hosts the NHL All-Star Game on January 24.
Nashville, meanwhile, has won three of its last four games and is coming off Tuesday's road win over Toronto. Steve Sullivan recorded his first point in nearly two years and Pekka Rinne stopped all 17 shots he faced, as the Predators blanked the Maple Leafs, 2-0, at Air Canada Centre.
Sullivan played in his first game since 2007 on Saturday and on Tuesday assisted on Radek Bonk's goal, his first NHL point since February 22, 2007. Sullivan had been out of action due to long-term back problems.
David Legwand also scored for Nashville, which halted a seven-game road winless skid.
Rinne notched his fourth shutout of the season and improved his record to 10-5-0.
Tonight marks the third and final stop on a road trip for Nashville, which is just 8-13-2 as the visiting team this season. The Preds will return to the Music City for Saturday's game against Atlanta.
Nashville earned a shootout victory in the only meeting with the Canadiens last year to end a three-game series losing streak as well as a four-game slide in Montreal. Still, the Habs have taken five of the last seven overall encounters with the Preds.
01/15 10:53:57 ET