Predators meet Les Habitants in Montreal
by Jackson Walsh
The Nashville Predators conclude a long, frustrating road trip with a Saturday night meeting in Montreal to take on former Predator Shea Weber and the Canadiens. This will be the first time that the teams with fanbases making up defenseman P.K. Subban’s fan club have met since Thanksgiving Eve, November 22, 2017, when the Preds outmuscled the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout thriller at Bridgestone Arena.
The greatest thing that ever happened to the comraderie of these two teams was the Weber-Subban trade. Fans in half jerseys, half Preds/half habs, spelling out “Subban 76”. Habs fans becoming Preds fans simply because of Subban. It’s a funny, relaxed cross-conference rivalry.
Unlike the Predators though, this season has not gone the way of the Canadiens this year, as they sit 22-26-6 far out of playoff contention. Hopefully this isn’t another Ottawa that will play better than advertised.
Montreal is, like the Predators, coming off a loss. The Habs fell 5-3 to the Flyers in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center Thursday night. They have only scored 142 goals this season, 25th in the league. One spot over Ottawa, that got the win over us last night.
Case in point, the struggling Habs are gonna have pride at the Bell Centre, even without Jonathan Drouin one of their point leaders out with an upper body injury.
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