Things got a little ugly for the Nashville Predators in Detroit last night. Despite playing a beaten and battered bad Red Wings team, the Predators fell by a score of 4-3 in overtime. They built up a 2-0 lead and then fell asleep against the determined Wings. Those are the games, against inferior opponents, that really hurt later in the season when seeding in the playoffs is determined.
They do get a point for the loss in overtime, but there isn’t any reason they should have played so flat against Detroit. It could have been a case of looking too far ahead. The Predators head a little further north to Montreal where they will look for better production against the Canadiens. They can’t look much worse than they did at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.
The Preds were on a six-game losing streak before they ended it against the Capitals in Washington. An impressive feat for a team who needed something to go their way. They followed it up with a 4-0 win over the Flyers, but fell asleep before adding a third straight victory. The loss dropped the Preds to 24-15-2, so they are still alright despite the six losses in a row and last night in Detroit.
Nashville will likely be looking forward to tonight in Montreal. It’s a return to Bell Centre game for P.K. Subban, who last played with the Habs since the 2015-16 season. While he hasn’t played for them in a couple years, he is still a fan favourite in Montreal. There aren’t many fans that were happy to see Subban leave town. It’s a business after all, though. Subban got on the board to open the scoring last night. He would certainly like to duplicate that at the Bell Centre and come out of it with a win. Get our free Predators vs. Canadiens pick below.
Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick
The Canadiens have been playing solid hockey recently with five wins in their last six games. They’ve exceeded expectations this season and it’s largely been in part because of the move that Marc Bergevin made. He reeled in Max Domi from the Coyotes in an attempt to jump start his career. It’s worked tenfold, as Domi has looked like a different player in Montreal. Tie Domi’s son leads the Habs with 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points.
The acquisition of Tomas Tatar by Bergevin should be looked at as a win as well. Tatar has scored 14 goals and 14 assists for 3rd in the team in points. Bergevin was on the brink of getting fired, but the moves he made this season will save his job in Montreal.
The Canadiens have averaged 3.12 goals per game while averaging 3.12 goals against. There is undoubtedly room for improvement. They are barely holding onto a wildcard at the moment. The Islanders are just a point behind them for that final spot.
There isn’t going to be much room for error in the second-half. Montreal defeated the Preds 3-2 in their last meeting in a shootout. Their last two meetings have gone to a shootout, with the Preds winning one. In fact, seven of their last nine meetings have needed extra time to settle things. After falling hard last night in Detroit, expect Nashville to come out hard tonight.
They likely won’t play like slop two nights in a row following an embarrassing loss. There will be some added motivation to get a win in Montreal for Subban as well. This should be an entertaining matchup like usual between the Predators and Canadiens. However, I like the Predators to turn last night into a positive and get out of Montreal with 2 points.