Boston Bruins @ Nashville Predators Preview: Green Beer

from the Predators' marketing team

For a non-conference match up with no geographic rivalry, the Boston Bruins have really annoyed me this season. First, Zdeno Chara beat Shea Weber in the NHL's hardest shot competition (when did Chara last shoot through the net?). Tim Thomas will probably deny Pekka Rinne his first Vezina Trophy (although, even if Thomas stunk, you know they'd find a way to shaft Pekka). They've even got the better Rask brother. And now, while they cruise to the postseason in their joke Conference, the Bruins comes to Nashville to threaten the Preds' playoff chances. No way, not even on your favorite holiday, Boston!

While you're getting ready for this one, listen in to Martin Erat's segment yesterday on the Thom Abraham Show, in which he talks about the Bruins, and responds to Ryan Suter's "pulling on the rope" comment:

Martin Erat on Thom Abraham Show 20110316 (MP3)

Then follow after the jump for your keys to the game...

Keys to the Game

  • The Bruins, much like the Predators, have a great goalie, a great defenseman, and some other guys who incidentally are on the ice. Neither team is impressive defensively or offensively--they just have a really, really good net minder. The little plays that disrupt goalies are doubly important today--screening, keeping your stick on the ice, battling for rebounds. All that said, both goalies will probably play horribly and the game will be decided 9-8. 
  • Skate away from Zdeno Chara. He can kill players without fear of reprisal from the NHL. 

Lines 

Nashville (subject to change) 

Forwards
Kostitsyn - Fisher - Wilson
Ward - Legwand - Erat (A)
Hornqvist - Smithson - Spaling
Tootoo - Geoffrion - Dumont
Defense
Suter (A) - Weber (C)
Klein - Blum
O'Brien - Franson

 

Boston (my best guess)

Forwards
Wheeler - Bergeron - Recchi
Lucic - Krejci - Horton
Peverley - Kelly - Campbell
Paille - Seguin - Thornton
Defense
Chara - Seidenberg
Kaberle - Boychuk
McQuaid - Kampfer

For more on Chara's controversial hit:

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