Nashville Predators (32-12-9) at Montreal Canadiens (22-26-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +126 / Nashville Predators -139 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Nashville Predators look to get back in the win column as they continue their Eastern Canadian road trip as they take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
The Predators look to snap out of their losing funk after back to back losses to the Maple Leafs and Senators as they head into Montreal to face off against a Canadiens side that has had a disappointing season but will look to stick it to former Habs defenseman PK Subban who will surely get another warm welcome from the Montreal faithful. Nashville remains one of the better teams in the Western Conference and with the strength they have on the blue line and the potential for a break out in the offensive zone on any given night they are certainly one of the most versatile teams in the NHL. Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Carey Price who is going to be integral in Montreal’s late season push towards the playoffs.
The Canadiens meanwhile jave been one of the biggest disappointments in the NHL this season as they are currently eight points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 28 games left on their schedule. Montreal is expected to become sellers at the trade deadline as some longstanding pieces could be on the way out as the likes of Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, and Tomas Plekanec could be wearing new uniforms by the end of the first week of March in hopes of helping another team compete for a Stanley Cup.
The Predators are 9-4 in their last 13 overall and 4-10 in their last 14 against the Atlantic while the Canadiens have lost 13 of their last 19 and are 3-8 in their last 11 at home against a team with a winning road record. The Preds are the better team and while they are a pretty heavy road favourite here I do think they are the play as they snap their Canadian losing streak.