Game two of an eight game, three-week road trip has the Habs in Nashville to take on a team that has had almost as much trouble scoring as they have. The Nasvhille Predators, a team better known for its defensive prowess, have been struggling to score goals, only posting more than three in a game twice in their past ten, and as a result winning all but four games in that stretch.
Actually, maybe comparing the the Habs' scoring slump that of the Predators is a little generous. The Habs haven't scored more than three in a game since the end of November - 12 games ago - in a 5-1 win against the Rangers. In that same span, the Habs have only scored three goals in a game twice, something the Predators have done four times in their past twelve games.
Michel Therrien has blown up the lineup he iced in Saturday's loss to the Stars. Alex Galchenyuk is back at center, alongside Lars Eller who has moved back to the wing. Daniel Carr will get a chance to jumpstart that line, while David Desharnais and Dale Weise will work alongside Max Pacioretty to hopefully provide a spark to the Habs' leading goal scorer who has only scored once in his past eight games (but has registered 40 shots on net in that same span).
Jeff Petry will also miss tonight's game with an upper body injury he sustained in Saturday's loss. Jarred Tinordi will play for the first time this season after having been a healthy scratch for the first 34 games.
Dustin Tokarski gets the start in between the pipes tonight, as the Habs have back to back games and will play tomorrow in Minnesota.
The puck drops at 8:00 PM EST.
How To Watch:
In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the Stars' region: FS-TN
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Daniel Carr||Alex Galchenyuk||Lars Eller|
|Tomas Fleischmann||Tomas Plekanec||Paul Byron|
|Brian Flynn||Torrey Mitchell||Michael McCarron|
|Nathan Beaulieu||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Andrei Markov|
|Jarred Tinordi||Tom Gilbert|
Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Sven Andrighetto
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body) Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body), Jeff Petry (upper body)
|Filip Forsberg||Mike Ribeiro||Craig Smith|
|Colin Wilson||Calle Jarnkrok||James Neal|
|Viktor Arvidsson||Colton Sissons||Cody Hodgson|
|Eric Nystrom||Paul Gaustad||Mikka Salomaki|
|Roman Josi||Shea Weber|
|Barret Jackman||Seth Jones|
|Mattias Ekholm||Ryan Ellis|
Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Petter Granberg, Austin Watson
Injuries: Mike Fisher (lower body), Gabriel Bourque (undisclosed)
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