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Game #60 ~ Nashville Predators @ Montreal Canadiens. Monday, February 22nd, 2016.


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Monday, February 22nd, 2016

PREDATORS (27-21-11) at CANADIENS (28-27-4)



Season series: The Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 21. Predators defenseman Shea Weber and forward Colin Wilson each had a goal and two assists; defenseman Roman Josi and forward Calle Jarnkrok each had a goal and an assist. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 35 saves. Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal.

Predators team scope: Predators defenseman Barret Jackman left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The Predators will update his status at the morning skate on Monday. Nashville has at least a point in five straight games (2-0-3) and lost 10 of 11 overtime games this season. The Predators did not practice Sunday before leaving for Montreal, where they will play the first of three road games in four nights. "We'll figure it out," Weber told the Tennessean after the loss to Los Angeles. "Obviously, we're not trying to lose and it's frustrating right now, but we've got to try to find some way to figure it out. ... For some reason, we have no confidence in overtime, and the results are lacking because of it." Forward Gabriel Bourque was recalled from his long-term injury loan with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Sunday. He remains on injured reserve and has not played for Nashville since he sustained an upper-body injury on Nov. 27.

Canadiens team scope: Coach Michel Therrien said he will go with the “win-and-stay-in” philosophy in net. Rookie Mike Condon expects to make his second straight start Monday after making 35 saves in the Canadiens’ 3-2 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. Montreal, which returned from a 0-3-0 road trip, extended its home winning streak to four games. Defenseman Tom Gilbert did not practice after sustaining a lower-body injury on Friday. Forward Paul Byron, who scored the game-winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, was impressed with the capacity crowd that filled Bell Centre for a public practice Sunday. "I think we have the best fans in the world right now, and they still believe in us," Byron said. "We're not far out. We're going to keep pushing, keep working hard and do everything we can for them, and to have their support all the time like that it's a good feeling to be a player and knowing that all the fans, all the people have your back behind you and we're doing our best to try and do everything we can to make the playoffs."


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Shea Weber probably benefits from his reputation more than any player other than Patrice Bergeron. The difference, though, is that Bergeron at least puts up the possession performance to justify some of the Selke hype he automatically gets no matter how bad he or his team are playing. Weber isn't exactly mediocre, but he is in no way the player you'd think he is if your only source of information were Sportsnet. They might as well be his agent.

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