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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: December 21st, 2013


Dec 21, 2013

Written by: Kristopher Martel


Last updated: December 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm


Nashville Predators (16-16-3) vs Montreal Canadiens (21-13-3)
Gametime: 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET
Television: FS-Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (hip)

Montreal Canadiens - Rene Bourque (upper body), Davis Drewiske (shoulder)

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Marek Mazanec, 5-7-1, 2 SO, 0.919Sv%, 2.44GAA


Carey Price, 16-11-2, 2 SO, 0.932Sv%, 2.37GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Craig Smith – Could Smith finally be on pace to break out this season? “Break out” is very relative to Nashville’s current second-leading point scorer. Notching two goals in a losing effort to the Lightning on Thursday, the Predators need Smith to continue contributing at that rate.

Montreal Canadiens -

Francis Bouillon – The former Predators defenseman makes his first return to the  Music City, now as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. While he only has two assists in his 26 games, he’s sure to make an impact tonight against his former team

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

  • Will Nashville’s goaltender duo get back on track with Marek Mazanec starting in net? 
  • Can the Predators score more than two goals? So far this season, they’re 14-0-1 when they do.
  • How will Craig Smith perform after his two-goal outburst versus Tampa Bay? How will Colin Wilson perform coming back from dual scratches?

Montreal Canadiens -

  • After winning seven in a row, Carey Price has gone 2-3-0 in his last five. Can he get back on track? 
  • Seven goals in their past six games (2-4-0), can their offense re-ignite?
  • Will Montreal get revenge for Seth Jones’ last minute game-winner earlier this season?

Last time out...

Scoring his second career goal, and first game-winner, with 1:27 left in regulation, Seth Jones’ marker would lift Nashville to a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal on October 19th

One interesting fact...

With their win on October 19th, the Predators took the all-time series lead against the Canadiens with a record of 6-5-4. At home, their record is 3-1-3 with the only regulation loss at home coming on March 10th, 2013.


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua