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Morning Skate: Rinne Update and Game Day


The Predators play their second of three-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents when they face the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

Nashville is in the midst of three games against some of the leagues top teams and the first two haven’t gone so well. The Preds dropped a 3-1 game to the league’s top team, the Chicago Blackhawks, earlier this week and lost to another division leader, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (4-2, Bolts).

Thanks in large part to Seth Jones’s heroics in October, the Preds will actually be going for the season sweep against the Canadiens (another division leader) after a claiming a 2-1 win in Montreal earlier this year.

After Colin Wilson was a surprise healthy scratch on Thursday night, many have wondered how the young forward would respond. The Tennessean caught up with Wilson yesterday to get his thoughts. (I expect Wilson to be right back in the lineup tonight and probably on the top line with Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist).

The biggest news that came out yesterday was the change in the recovery schedule for goalie Pekka Rinne. Originally the team from Music City was hoping Rinne would be able to ramp up his activity level on December 20th, but the team has been advised to push that date back another two weeks. This means the Finnish netminder will (hopefully) begin to practice and travel with the team around the start of the new year and possibly start a game a couple weeks after that.

Finally, NHL.com gives it’s game preview of tonight’s tilt between the Canadiens and the Predators.

I’ll post another update a little before faceoff (remember it is an early start time–6 pm CST) and be tweeting during the game.

 

Thomas Willis is the Editor of Predlines.com and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @thomaswillis20. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH

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