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Preview; Bruins in Nashville to play Predators

March 17, 2011

The Bruins shook off a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday and will look to get some separation from the Canadiens with a win over the Predators tonight. The Predators are currently in 10th place, just one point out of the playoffs in the West. Nashville is 4-2-2 in their last 10 games and the Bruins are 6-2-2 in their last 10.

The Bruins and Predators are tied for first in the league with 161 goals against. Nashville has played one more game than the Bruins. The Bruins are first in the league in save percentage with 93%, Nashville is third at 92.3%. Tim Thomas and Pekka Rinne are the top two contenders for the Vezina Trophy by far. Thomas’ name has been bandied about since late October while RInne has been under the radar, primarily because he plays in Nashville.

Tim Thomas- 29-9-8, .938 SV%, 2.03 GAA, 7 SO
Pekka Rinne- 25-20-8, .929 SV%, 2.09 GAA, 6 SO

So don’t be surprised if you see a 2-1 game tonight. Both teams take a lot of pride in their team defense and neither team has dominating scoring presences. The Bruins will be without their fourth-leading goal scorer Brad Marchand, who will miss the next two games after being suspended earlier today. Andrew Ference is close to getting back, no word on if that’ll be tonight or later yet.

The Predators don’t have a 20-goal scorer or even a 50-point man. This team is apparently very much like last year’s Bruins. Defense, goaltending, minimal offense. Shea Weber is the team’s leading scorer with 43 points.

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