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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: October 19, 2013


Oct 19, 2013

Written by: Patten Fuqua


Last updated: October 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

On Saturday night, Nashville begins a quick three game road trip with a game in Montreal.

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua


Nashville Predators (3-3-1) at Montreal Canadiens (5-2-0)
Gametime: 6:00pm CT / 7:00pm ET
Television: FS-Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Roman Josi (concussion)

Montreal Canadiens - Davis Drewiske (shoulder), Doug Murray (lower body), George Parros (concussion)

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Pekka Rinne, 3-3-1, 0 SO, 0.901Sv%, 2.73GAA


Carey Price, 4-2-0, 1 SO, 0.938Sv%, 2.01GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Mike Fisher – Fisher has been lighting up the stat sheet quite a bit so far this season…at least in terms of a Predator lighting it up. Through Nashville’s first 7 games, Fisher is tied for the team lead in scoring with 5 points (2 G – 3 A) and is the only player to score multiple points. Last season, it took Fisher 16 games to hit 5 points.

Fisher has played against the Canadiens 52 times in his career and has scored 28 points (13 G – 15 A).

Montreal Canadiens -

Francis Bouillon – This will be Francis Bouillon’s first game against the Predators since rejoining Montreal in the 2012 offseason. Bouillon played 191 games for the Predators from the 2009-10 season through the 2011-12 season, registering 32 points (8 G – 24 A). Bouillon also had a brief stint with the Predators during the 2002-03 season when Nashville claimed him off of waivers from Montreal, but Montreal reclaimed him after just 4 games. In his career, Bouillon has played in 731 games, but has done so with just two teams – the Predators and the Canadiens.  A popular player not necessarily known for his scoring prowess, Bouillon has 2 assists already this season.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

Nashville has not won a road game in their last 12 tries. On Saturday, they hope to right the ship and halt the franchise record road losing streak.

The Predators definitely appear to have more fire power than they had during the end of last season. Through 7 games, the Predators are averaging a mere 2.00 goals per game, but they are averaging 30.6 shots per game, which puts them right in the middle of the pack.

The shots are coming, but the bounces are not. Eventually something has to give – the question is whether the goals will start coming or if the shot totals will start dropping to last season’s league-bottom average.

Most importantly for Nashville, they have registered at least a point in the standings over the last 3 games.

Montreal Canadiens -

Montreal came out of the blocks on a mission, winning 5 of their first 7 games.

The Habs are scoring almost at will – or as “at will” as an NHL team can, averaging 3.57 goals per game, which is currently 4th best in the NHL. In addition, like the Predators, Montreal has been firing an abundance of pucks at opposing goaltenders, directing 33.1 shots per game at opposing goaltenders. Montreal has also scored first in 4 of their 7 games and won all 4 of those.

The Canadiens are currently in the midst of a 4-game winning streak in which the fewest goals that they have scored has been a 3-goal output in a 3-0 win over Winnipeg.

Last time out...

The Predators and Canadiens last played each other on November 12, 2011, at Bridgestone Arena in the 1000th game in Nashville’s history.

David Desharnais opened the scoring for Montreal in the first period, while Shea Weber scored shorthanded in the second to tie the game.

The game would remain tied into overtime when Montreal’s Max Pacioretty beat Pekka Rinne to give Montreal the 2-1 overtime win. Peter Budaj was the winning goaltender for the Canadiens.

One interesting fact...

On January 31, 2012, while with the Buffalo Sabres, Paul Gaustad put up 3 points (1 G – 2 A) on the Montreal Canadiens.

In 44 games with the Predators, Gaustad has 10 points (3 G – 7 A).


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua