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Preview: It’s a Music City showdown between the Bruins and Predators

Nice place to catch a game.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 8 PM

Where: Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: On The Forecheck

Know your enemy

  • 25-20-6, 56 PTS, 5th in the Central Division
  • Roman Josi: 13G-31A-44PTS; Filip Forsberg: 19G-23A-42PTS; Matt Duchene: 16G-26A-42PTS
  • Juuse Saros: 20-14-5, 2.73 GAA, .919 save percentage

Game notes

  • Tonight’s game caps a brief, two-stop road trip for the Bruins, who won 3-2 in overtime in Dallas on Tuesday night. The Predators have been off since Monday night, when they suffered a 4-2 home loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
  • Nashville is 6-4-0 in its last ten games, but that run did include a five-game win streak.
  • Overall, it’s been a year of relatively tough sledding for the Predators, who find themselves five points out of the second wild card spot in the west (though they have 3 or 4 games in hand on the teams ahead of them). Nashville has been a playoff lock as of late, making the postseason in each of the last eight seasons.
  • Barring a last-minute change of plans, Jake DeBrusk should return to the lineup tonight, six weeks after suffering a broken leg in the Winter Classic win over the Penguins.
  • Goals have been a problem for Nashville this season, with the Predators currently sitting at 26th in the league in GF/G (2.75). Their power play is fourth-worst in the league, converting at a rate of 16.5%.

See ya tonight!