Game Day Preview: Nashville Predators @ Boston Bruins

The Predators (2-4-1 on the season) resume their 6-game road trip tonight in Beantown, where the Bruins (3-4-0) are looking to rebound from a 4-1 defeat at Phoenix last Saturday.

Interestingly, the last time these teams met was on February 14th last season; David Legwand put together an "Alex Ovechkin Hat Trick", with two goals in regulation and one in the shootout to lift the Preds to a 3-2 win at the Sommet Center.

Is there any chance that we'll see a similar outburst from #11 tonight? With Jason Arnott out for the next 1-2 weeks, it would certainly be a good time for it...

Meet the Enemy

Stanley Cup of Chowder is SB Nation's Boston Bruins blog, so be sure to stop by and check out their preview; the quick Boston take on the game?

"The Bruins have made several roster moves this week, including trading Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild, trading picks to the Buffalo Sabres for Daniel Paille, placing Milan Lucic on the LTIR, and calling up Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka. The new look Bruins will try to bounce back from a disappointing 4-1 road loss to the Phoenix Coyotes."

It's hard to forecast what the Boston lines will look like tonight given all the changes going on.


Boston Bruins Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dennis Wideman shoulder 10/21/2009
Marc Savard foot 10/21/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Milan Lucic fingers 10/17/2009

Savard, the Bruins' leading scorer with 4 goals and 3 assists, did practice yesterday with the team.

UPDATE: From Kukla's Korner comes news that Savard will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken foot. That's a huge loss for the Bruins.

Meet the Good Guys

Without their captain and leading goal-scorer, the rest of the forwards will certainly need to step up their contributions. The lines are likely as follows:

Sullivan - O'Reilly -  Dumont

 Erat - Legwand - Ward

Goc - WilsonHornqvist

Jones - SmithsonScatchard

Bouillon Weber

Suter - Klein

Franson - Sulzer

 

Even Strength Play

 TEAM GP TOI GF GA GF/60 SF/60 Sht % GA/60 SA/60 Save Pct. +/- per 60
 Boston 7 315 13 11 2.5 29.9 8.3 2.1 26.5 .921 0.4
 Nashville 7 339.4 8 14 1.4 24.9 5.7 2.5 29.3 .916 -1.1

Not exactly a cheery picture for the Preds, but the Bruins aren't exactly tearing things up, either.

Boston PP vs. Nashville PK

The Bruins' power play currently stands 22nd in the league, with a 15.6% success rate. One problem area for Nashville has been the penalty killing, which sits 29th at 66.7%. Will new call-up Dave Scatchard see some time on the PK, perhaps? The Preds need to plug this hole quickly, as they have typically been a strong penalty-killing

Nashville PP vs. Boston PK

What did I tell you last time? Just... don't... ask.

Goaltending

Tim Thomas is off to a slow start this season, but with a starting spot on the US Olympic team up for grabs, he's certainly motivated to make an impression.


Tim Thomas

#30 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

5-11

201

Apr 15, 1974

GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Tim Thomas 5 300 2 3 16 3.20 154 138 .896 1


Dan Ellis may get the start tonight, based on Bryan Mullen's notes from Tuesday's practice.


Dan Ellis

#39 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-0

188

Jun 19, 1980

GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Dan Ellis 5 236 2 1 11 2.80 113 102 .903 0

Summary

There's opportunity on the table tonight for the Predators; Boston has not played like the regular season juggernaut of a year ago, and they've shuffled their roster significantly in the last few days. Especially with Savard and Lucic out of the lineup, can the Preds catch the Bruins in a state of disarray, perhaps?

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