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Shea Weber returns to Nashville to take on his old team.

Anaheim Ducks v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

It was supposed to be a head-to-head between two franchise players traded for one another, but instead, the focus will be all on Shea Weber tonight with P.K. Subban sidelined with what every passing day appears to be a more serious injury.

It’s been 188 days since the trade that shook Montreal, and also changed the city of Nashville drastically. While Habs fans lamented the departure of P.K. Subban, Predators fans were letting go of a guy who had played 763 games with their franchise, 443 games of which he was team captain.

The Habs are in the midst of a lengthy, fragmented roadtrip, with their first home game not until next Monday. The Habs haven’t played on Bell Centre ice since December 22 (1-1-2).

The Predators have been struggling to stay afloat in a very competitive Central Division, and with 38 points in 36 games, find themselves two points out of a wildcard position, while a spot in the Division’s top-three seems to be distancing itself more and more, as the Predators are seven points back from the St. Louis Blues.

Max Pacioretty was struck with a Shea Weber shot in practice this morning and needed help leaving the ice. He will be a game-time decision. With 15 points in his last 13 games, this would be a huge loss to an already depleted Canadiens’ lineup.

How to Watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In Canada: SNE (English), RDS (French)
Nashville Area: FS-TN
Everywhere Else/ Online Stream: NHL.tv/GameCentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Projected Montreal Canadiens Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Paul Byron
Sven Andrighetto Torrey Mitchell Brian Flynn
Daniel Carr Michael McCarron Chris Terry

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Nathan Beaulieu Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio Zach Redmond

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Injured: Alex Galchenyuk (knee), David Desharnais (knee), Greg Pateryn (fractured ankle), Andrew Shaw (concussion), Andrei Markov (lower-body)

Scratched: Sven Andrighetto

Projected Nashville Predators Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Zach Parise Eric Staal Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker Mikko Koivu Mikael Granlund
Nino Neiderreiter Erik Haula Jason Pominville
Chris Stewart Tyler Graovac Jordan Schroeder

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ryan Suter Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin Christian Folin
Marco Scandella Matt Dumba

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Devan Dubnyk
Darcy Kuemper

Injured: James Neal (upper body), P.K. Subban (upper body), Anthony Bitetto (broken hand), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)