NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 18th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (14-12-2-1) at Montreal Canadiens (14-13-4-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to halt a four-game winless
slide tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.
Nashville is 0-2-1-1 since a club-record six-game winning streak. On Tuesday
the Preds dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to visiting Vancouver to close out a
three-game homestand. Brendan Morrison scored on a backhand shot 1:19 into
overtime to lift Vancouver to the victory.
Rem Murray delivered his sixth goal in defeat, and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves
for the Predators. Nashville enters tonight's action 13 points behind first-
place Detroit in the Central Division, but is currently tied for eighth in the
Western Conference playoff race.
The Predators, who have won four of their last five on the road, will host the
Red Wings on Saturday.
Montreal, meanwhile, is 5-2-3 in its last 10 tries, including Tuesday's 1-1
tie with Boston. Jose Theodore made 30 saves and Craig Rivet scored the lone
goal for the Canadiens, who opened a brief home set.
Montreal's Richard Zednik could have had a breakaway with less than 10 seconds
remaining in the extra stanza, but the head-man pass by Mike Ribeiro was just
out of reach.
The Canadiens, an even 7-7-3 on home ice, will visit Toronto on Saturday to
start a stretch that has them on the road for five-of-six.
Montreal has won three of the last four meetings with Nashville, and the
Predators are 0-3 in their three previous visits to the province of Quebec.
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