The Montreal Canadiens will try to match their longest winning streak from last season when they host the Nashville Predators tonight riding the wave of a four game winning streak.
Losing in disappointing fashion to the Calgary Flames ten days ago seems to have sparked the team to improve their play, as they have not lost, and have outscored the opposition 16-5 in the four game streak.
The Canadiens finished off a road trip to western Canada with three straight wins, and returned home to take out the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night with a 5-3 decision. The Habs jumped out to a 3-0 lead and seemingly had the game in control, but three consecutive goals against put the game in jeopardy, before Tomas Plekanec snapped home a long shot that last year’s Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky would like to have back. Plekanec sealed the victory late in the game with an empty netter.
The big story from the game against the Blue Jackets was Michael Bournival scoring his first career NHL goal. The Shawinigan, Quebec native blasted a one timer past Bobrovsky, and collected his first NHL point in his fourth career game.
The Nashville Predators enter tonight’s contest with points in three straight games, with a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night coming on the heels of back to back victories.
Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne struggled to start the season, but had his best performance against the Kings, stopping 29 of 30 shots before losing in a shootout. He is the highest paid stopper in the league and is usually one of the best, so we can expect an excellent performance from Rinne tonight.
The Predators have ben having their typical scoring problems to begin this season, having found the back of the net only 14 times in their seven games. Mike Fisher and Craig Smith lead the team with five points each. The Preds do however, boast impressive offensive defenders, as Shea Weber, Ryan Ellis and rookie Seth Jones are all capable of adding to the team’s paltry offense.