NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 1st (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (12-9-2) at Montreal Canadiens (13-9-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators play the second leg of a three-game road trip this evening when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Nashville got their swing off on a winning note on Thursday in Ottawa. Martin Erat led the way with a three-point night and scored the game-winning goal with 22.2 seconds remaining in regulation, while adding a pair of assists in the Predators' 6-5 win over the Senators at Scotiabank Place.
The winning goal came just 23 seconds after Ottawa tied things up, as the Predators capitalized on a turnover in front of the net. Erat collected the loose disc and, from the near side, lifted it into the top right corner for the game-winner.
J.P. Dumont notched a goal and three helpers, while Dan Ellis made 27 saves for the Predators, who have won two of their last three games.
It was also a big day off the ice for Nashville, as the NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the team to a prospective ownership group led by businessman David Freeman.
Nashville, which will close their trek in Toronto on Tuesday, is 5-6-1 away from home this season. Since entering the league in 1998, Nashville has recorded a road win against every team but is 0-3-1 (three losses, one tie) all- time at the Bell Centre. Tonight's contest, though, will mark their first visit there since 2003.
Montreal, meanwhile, was blanked 4-0 at home on Friday by Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. Rookie netminder Carey Price allowed all four goals on 29 shots for the Canadiens, who have three losses in their last four games.
The Canadiens, who will close a brief two-game homestand against Detroit on Tuesday, are 5-4-2 in their arena this season.
Montreal has won three straight and five of its last six matchups with the Preds. The Habs could also hold the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won six of the last nine meetings (6-2-1).
12/01 10:31:07 ET