The Nashville Predators are looking for a win tonight against the Boston Bruins. A win tonight would help slow down a streaking Bruins team.
The Nashville Predators have continued to play great hockey over the past month or so. The Predators have a 7-2-1 record over their last 10 games. Tonight’s game is the last of the Predators four game home stand. In that home stand, the Predators are 2-1, and looking for yet another win tonight. Overall on the season, the Predators are an impressive 10-2-1.
The Predators are playing good hockey right now, but are still third in the Central Division right now, behind the St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets. The Predators have a 16-7-3 record on the year, with 35 points.
The Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins have been on a hot streak as of recently, as they have won six out of their last seven games, with their lone loss coming against a struggling Oilers team. Many of their wins in this hot streak have come against some of the NHL’s best teams, as they have beat the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and the league best Tampa Bay Lightning.
David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand have played good hockey for the Bruins to start the season off. Pastrnak leads the team in points with 23 points, as he has 13 goals and 10 assists. Marchand has also been a key contributor for the Bruins as he has 19 points on the year, with nine goals and 10 assists.
The Predators and the Bruins have faced off once this season, as the Bruins took the first game of the year from the Predators, 4-3.
With Johansen out of the lineup tonight with an upper body injury, the lines will be switched up, as they have to break apart the JOFA line. The Fiala-Turris-Smith line will be the first line for the Predators tonight.
Pekka Rinne will be in-goal tonight for the Nashville Predators. Rinne is 9-2 in his last 11 games for the Predators.
What to Expect
I’d expect a physical game tonight coming from both teams. Both teams are riding high as they’ve played great hockey over their past few games. Both teams will be coming into this game wanting a win to keep up their streaks. The Predators will be trying to revenge a loss to the Bruins from the game earlier this season. It will be interesting to see how the Predators perform tonight with the lineup changes.
Follow the Game
The puck will drop tonight at 7:00, and will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee. The game will also be aired on 102.5 The Game.