Thursday night in Nashville, Shea Weber will play his 900th game in the city where his stellar NHL career began.
There probably will be some sort of acknowledgement of the occasion on the Bridgestone Arena scoreboard. And all those nice Tennessee hockey fans will give their former captain a round of applause.
Then the puck will drop and things will get intense.
The Canadiens might have to weather a tough first period. They’ve been idle since Saturday’s thrilling Overtire loss to the Leafs.
Actually, they might have to weather three tough periods. Nashville has picked up at least a point in 13 of its last 14 meetings with the Canadiens (9-1-4) and has only lost twice in regulation since Jan. 15, 2009.
Another ominous note: Pekka Rinne is 8-2-2 vs. the Canadiens with a 1.46 goals-against average and two shutouts. His .951 save percentage ranks as his best against any opponent.
And the Predators will be ornery. They lost 3-2 to Detroit in Nashville Tuesday night.
OK, this has gone far enough without mention of P.K. Subban. He played a season-high 27:29 and scored his first power-play goal of 2018-’19 against the Wings.
Nashville were 4-1 winners when they visited the Bell Centre Jan. 9. Weber scored the only Canadiens goal against his old team.
The Canadiens last visited Nashville on Nov. 22, 2017. Kyle Turris’s Shootout goal secured a 3-2 win for the Predators.
Puck drops 8:10ish.
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