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Nashville Predators @ Boston Bruins Preview: Christmas Chowder

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A disappointing outing in Ottawa should be plenty of motivation for a win tonight.

NHL: DEC 22 Predators at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nashville Predators

The Predators dropped the Ottawa contest in overtime on Thursday. Their second period collapse was rough and the Senators lit up Juuse Saros for goal after goal. It wasn’t pretty, but the boys in gold did salvage a point.

Yakov Trenin, reassigned yesterday to Milwaukee, had not looked out of place on the top line with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen. The kid is a truck, unafraid to throw his weight around, but he also has some soft hands and continues to crash the net like there’s no tomorrow. Trenin was playing better than a majority of the team. We’ll have to see what the top-six looks like without him.

Rocco Grimaldi tied his career high for goals on Thursday with six. Craig Smith scored his third goal in two games, and we don’t deserve Roman Josi.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins began 2019-2020 on fire. It’s evident that their loss in Game 7 of the Cup Final didn’t sit well with them, and many Bruins began the season on a tear.

Brad Marchand leads the team in points with 51 (18 goals, 33 assists). David Pastrnak has 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists). Patrice Bergeron has 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists), but he hasn’t skated in every game this season. Torey Krug leads Boston defenders in points with 24 (5 goals, 19 assists).

Tuukka Rask has a very nice .922 Sv% over 22 contests. Backup Jaroslav Halak has a .928 Sv% over 14 games.

Boston sits in first place in the Atlantic Division with ten more points than the second-place Canadiens.

Memories and Feelings

  • I’ll admit something here. I wanted Boston to win the Cup back in June. I couldn’t bear the thought of St. Louis winning the Cup (still can’t) and I really love watching Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask.
  • Finnish goaltender reunion!

Reasons to Watch

  • Got family in town? Want to avoid them? Turn on the game!
  • One day, I’d love to see a Cup Final featuring these two teams.
  • David Pastrnak should be a reason to watch.

Tonight’s Theme Song

How to Watch

Tonight’s contest is earlier once again...at 6:00 Central. Catch the action on FS-TN or listen to the radio call on 102.5 The Game.