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The Bruins are in Nashville for a Valentine's Day date with the Nashville Predators. The Bruins will look to end a 3 game skid (0-2-1), while the Predators will look to start a streak after beating the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Thursday night.

Just who are these Predators you speak of?


Nashville Predators 26-26-3; 55 pts (4th in Central, 12th in West

Leading Goal Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Jason Arnott 21 16 37 -1 45


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Martin Erat 14 21 35 -10 44



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Shea Weber 14 19 33 4 55


Goaltending


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Dan Ellis 32 1784 11 17 3 5 84 2.83 846 762 .901 3


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Pekka Rinne 28 1530 15 9 0 4 60 2.35 741 681 .919 4

Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Jordin Tootoo: 8 Fighting Majors
Wade Belak: 7 Fighting Majors

Season Series
First and only meeting

Injury Report

Boston
LW Marco Sturm: IR (Knee)
F Petteri Nokelainen: Out (Eye)
RW Chuck Kobasew: Out (Leg & Upper Body)
RW Michael Ryder: Out (Facial Fractures)

Nashville
C Radek Bonk: Questionable (Upper Body)
RW Jordin Tootoo: Probable (Lacerated Hand)
D Alexander Sulzer: Out (Separated Shoulder)
C Scott Nichol: IR (Concussion)

Notes:

- I would guess that Manny Fernandez will get the start tonight with games on back to back nights.

- Will we see Matt Hunwick back in the line up tonight?

- The Predators have struggled on the PP (13.9%, 3rd in NHL), but have been strong on the PK (84.5%, 5th in NHL).

- If the Predators end up moving to another city, will they be forced to go door to door to introduce themselves to their new neighbors?

- The Bruins should look to get on the board early. The Predators are undefeated when leading after the first period (12-0-0).

- The Bruins wingers will need to make sure they are covering the points tonight because Shea Weber can really blast it. If that doesn't work, they can always distract the Predators with lemonade and homemade cookies. Everyone knows predators can't resist baked goods.

- Usually this is where I link to an SBN blog, but SB Nation doesn't have a Nashville Predators blog. I'm guessing most people in Nashville think Hockey is an Islamic terrorist group.

- Game starts at 8:00, open thread starts at 7:00

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