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Bruins vs Predators Preview: Finnsanity

Finnish goalies are good. The parents of Finnish goalies like double 'k's.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden.

TV Broadcast: NESN, FSTN.

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Season Record: Bruins: 17-14-3, 5 in Atlantic Division | Predators 21-8-2, 3 in Central Division

Predators Lines:

Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Matt Cullen

Eric Nystrom - Olli Jokinen - Gabriel Bourque

Taylor Beck - Calle Jarnkrok - James Neal

Defensive Pairings:

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Victor Bartley - Seth Jones

Goalies: Pekka Rinne, Carter Hutton

IR: Paul Gaustad, Anton Volchenkov

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Craig Cunningham

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Matt Fraser

Defensive Pairings:

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton

Matt Bartkowski - Dennis Seidenberg

Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

IR: Adam McQuaid

Game Notes:

  • Predators Goalie Pekka Rinne is reaaaaalllllly good. Like, 1.87 goals against and .933 save percentage good. Maybe better than Corey Crawford and Marc-Andre Fleury good. Definitely better than Jhonas Enroth good. Rinne played last night, though, so the Bruins may not face him. Fingers crossed?
  • Claude Julien most likely won't mess with Soderberg-Eriksson chemistry (see also: only apparent Boston chemistry) like he was previously considering. Play like Carl. Score in OT like Loui.
  • Boston fell to Nashville 3-2 last week in a frustrating shootout. People were very disappointed in Chara. (Remember?) This time around I hope we can be a little more optimistic and remember that Pekka Rinne's season has been potential Vezina Trophy material. I wasn't thrilled about all the effort it took to win against the Sabres, but a win is points. We need those.
  • Adam McQuaid was on ice for the morning skate.


An overtime GWG…you automatically thought of Loui, didn't you? Nope.

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