Friday, November 11, 2011

Canadiens coming to town for historic night in Nashville

The Nashville Predators will take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena in what is sure to be one of the most memorable nights in the history of the franchise.

Tonight's game will be the 1,000th regular season game played in the history of the franchise. There have been peaks and valleys along the way, but hockey is still here and thriving better than ever before.

"Obviously you want to establish yourself after you bring a franchise to a town, and the city has grown a lot. It will be a good celebration," said Preds forward Colin Wilson.

Montreal has a 6-7-2 record on the year so far, and are coming off of a 3-2 overtime victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Scott Gomez will likely be back in the lineup for tonight's game so the Canadiens will have a bit of an extra boost. Montreal has a lot of offensive firepower, and will be a tough test for the Preds.

"They've got a dynamic team offensively. Even on the back end, they've got guys that can make spin-o-rama plays and all those kind of fun stuff. It's a dynamic team. We've just got to play a good western style checking game that should take it away from them a little bit," Wilson said.

The Predators are coming off of a five game road trip, which saw them put up a 3-1-1 record. It was a very successful road trip for the Preds, and it should give them confidence going forward.

"I think at the beginning of the season we struggled because we lacked confidence. I think getting some wins and getting a lot of guys scoring goals will develop confidence for the whole team," Wilson said.

It should be a very special night for the Predators franchise and for the city of Nashville in general. This team is now a part of Nashville's DNA,and this night is really a celebration for the entire city of Nashville.

My player to watch for the Canadiens is Scott Gomez. It will be his first game since Oct. 20 so it will be interesting to see how he plays. He's got a lot of skill when healthy, and the Predators will have to keep an eye on him.

For Nashville, my player to watch is Sergei Kostitsyn. He began his NHL career with Montreal and had some problems while he was there. He's come to Nashville and has been a successful player since he got here. He'll have something to prove against his former team.

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