NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 29th (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (25-20-5) at Boston Bruins (25-19-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will aim for their fourth win in five games when they host the Nashville Predators tonight at TD Banknorth Garden in the first contest after the All-Star break for both teams.
The Bruins last played on Thursday, when they notched a 4-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders. Marc Savard registered a goal and an assist, and Tim Thomas stopped 28 shots to lead Boston.
Savard also played a big role in the Eastern Conference's All-Star Game victory on Sunday, as he scored with 20.9 seconds left in the third period to lift the East to an 8-7 win.
Thomas, who is 16-11-3 on the year, also played in the All-Star Game and stopped 14-of-18 shots in the third period to pick up the victory for the East.
The Bruins are 13-8-3 as the host club this year, but have dropped three of their last five games.
Nashville had a three-game winning streak snapped in its last test before the break, as it dropped an overtime decision in Phoenix last Thursday. Radim Vrbata scored three goals in regulation, but it was Zbynek Michalek's goal with 29 seconds left in overtime that sent the Coyotes to the 4-3 victory at Jobing.com Arena.
In the overtime, Shane Doan started a rush with a pass to Vrbata, who saucered a pass to Michalek on the right wing boards. Michalek hit the Nashville zone at full speed, wound up from the right circle and let loose with a shot that slipped between Chris Mason's legs for the deciding goal. Mason stopped 26 shots in the losing effort.
Rich Peverley scored his first NHL goal for the Predators. Alexander Radulov and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville, and J.P. Dumont notched an assist to run his franchise-record points streak to 14 games.
Dumont, who is second on the Preds with 42 points this year, was last held pointless in a game against Columbus on December 27.
Tonight's contest is the final stop on a three-game road trip that was split by the All-Star break. Nashville is 11-12-3 as the visiting team this year.
Nashville has won three of the last four meetings with the Bruins, but Boston is 6-5 with one tie in the all-time series.
01/29 10:41:53 ET