Nashville Predators (32-22-9) at Montreal Canadiens (35-21-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 2, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -127 / Nashville Predators +115 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens meet up in a big show down on Thursday night as PK Subban makes another return to the Bell Centre.
The Predators look to continue their push towards the Western Conference playoffs as they take on a struggling Montreal side in what should be a very exciting contest between two teams who need to get on a roll as the season winds down. Nashville has won four games in a row and are 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and with SUbban back in the lineup you can be sure that he and the rest of his teammates would love to get him a win here against his former team in what should be a raucous environment. Nashville is expected to send Pekka Rinne to the crease here as he will face off against Carey Price in a show down of two of the league’s best goaltenders.
The Canadiens meanwhile have been struggling mightily of late and now run the risk of losing their grip on top spot in the Atlantic division and could very well slide right out of the playoff picture if they aren’t careful. The Habs have dropped eight of their last 10 games following a victory and are 1-5 in their last six home games which is very uncharacteristic of them as they are usually among the league’s best on home ice, but with all of this negativity surrounding them of late they are still 4-1 in their last five overall and are starting to right the ship. The Canadiens made a few minor moves at yesterday’s trade deadline but they didn’t address their anemic offense and we could see that shine through here against a stingy Preds team.
The Predators are 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games and 4-0 in their last four overall while the Habs are 1-4 in their last five against the West and 2-6 in their last eight home games against a team with a losing road record. This game will be a good one to watch but in the end I think Subban gets the last laugh as the Predators get the victory on the road.