The road has not been kind to the Nashville Predators lately. Can they avoid tying a franchise record and end their road losing streak?
It is the biggest travel day of the season. Over 102 million Americans are expected to take to the air or highway in hopes to spend time with family and friends this holiday season, with nearly 3 million taking flight today. I wonder if they are counting the Nashville Predators in these numbers since they have been on the road for the last week?
The only number the Predators have counted to over the last road stretch is one. One point earned in three games. One goal scored in each of two matches. One player added to the injury list in two games as well. Now, they have one game left on the trip. A trip they hope to forget soon.
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After starting the season 8-0-0 on the road, the Nashville Predators have lost 9 straight. Of course, injuries have not helped. Their first game during this losing streak was the first game without Viktor Arvidsson. Since then, they have lost P.K. Subban, Kyle Turris (who has returned), Filip Forsberg, and now Colton Sissons. There is some hope on the horizon, however.
What a Christmas gift it would be is Subban and Arvidsson returned! It may not lead to a win, but the embers of hope left in many Predators fans would reignite their flame. Even with the struggles on the road, the Nashville Predator sit just a mere two points behind the Winnipeg Jets. Even with the rotate door to the IR fully functioning, the Predators are still in good shape on the season.
A win today would be nice, too. The longest single-season road losing streak in franchise history is 10, set back in March 2013. The current streak sits at nine. It will be a hard task, however, as the Predators face the Boston Bruins. The Predators have not won in Boston since December 7, 2015.
Boston has won five of their last seven and 12-4-0 record at home. Making matters worse for Nashville is the possible return of Patrice Bergeron to the Bruins’ lineup. Can the Predators find a way to score goals and earn two points? It will be a tough task even if Bergeron is not playing.
Where to Watch
Today’s game is set for a 12-noon puck drop and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee. You can also stream the game on the Fox Sports Go app or listen to the call from Pete Weber and Hal Gill on 102.5 The Game in Nashville.
So, turn your shirts inside out, put on a rally hat, and send all the thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes you can. The Nashville Predators need the two points today.