Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 3  PHI  5  

The Canadiens withstood the Flyers attack in the first period with great goaltending from Carey Price and solid defense from the Tomas Plekanec line. But Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny got the better of them. The Habs penalty-kill had a tough game.

For a complete recap: Habs Can’t Defend Philly’s Top Line

Players to watch

  • Kyle Turris
    The former Senators center-man has fit it well in Nashville and should cause problems for the Habs defense.
  • Alexei Emelin
    Emelin has been a favorite of coach Peter Laviolette bringing a physical game to the Preds defense that had been missing.
  • P.K. Subban
    Subban is an extremely polarizing player but will certainly enjoy being in the spotlight in Montreal.

Keys to Victory

  • Be better when short-handed
    The Canadiens are 25th on the penalty-kill this season. With the Predators power-play sitting at a lethal 23.5 percent, the Habs will have to defend well.
  • Manage emotions
    With all of the emotion in the Bell Centre, players will have to maintain their focus.
  • Keep it close
    This game has the potential of getting out of reach early.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | February 10, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN360, CITY, TVAS, FS-TN, NHLN

2017-18 statistics

PREDATORS CANADIENS
73 (4th) Points (rank) 50 (27th)
32-12-9 Record 22-26-6
14-7-6 Away/Home 14-10-5
5-4-1 Last 10 4-5-1
3.06 GF/G 2.59
2.51 GA/G 3.09
23.5 PP% 21.8
82.5 PK% 77.9
 50.82  CF%  50.86
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Forsberg – Johansen – Arvidsson
Fiala – Turris – Smith
Hartnell – Bonino – Jarnkrok
Salomaki – Sissons – Watson
Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Scherbak
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Froese – L. Shaw
Defensemen
Josi – Ellis
Ekholm – Subban
Emelin – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Morrow – Benn
Mete – Schlemko
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Aberg, Bitetto, Irwin
Injured: None
Scratched: Jerabek, Carr, De La Rose
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Danault, A. Shaw
Goalies
Pekka Rinne Carey Price
Record: 27-8-4
GAA: 2.31
Sv%: .926
SO: 5
Alternate: Juuse Saros
Record: 15-20-4
GAA: 2.95
Sv%: .906
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect
Prediction: Canadiens 3  Predators 4 

The Predators have more depth, and more firepower, as well as the very flamboyant P.K Subban who will want to make a statement. If the Canadiens can capitalize on Subban mistakes, they have a chance at getting the win.

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