Predators visit the Canadiens in Montreal

January 20, 2015 19:37:14 UK

The Nashville Predators head north to the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday in an intriguing inter Conference match up against the Canadiens.

While Montreal had been expected to compete in the Atlantic Division, the rise of the Predators has been something of a surprise even with Pekka Rinne in goal for Nashville.

Unfortunately for the Central Division leaders however Rinne is out injured for up to a month and the St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets are all within striking distance.

Monday the Blues closed out the first half of the campaign with a 3-1 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Carl Gunnarsson, Jaden Schwartz and T.J. Oshie were on the mark for the hosts who have posted a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games to maintain the pressure on the Predators.

Chicago plays back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday first hosting the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center before heading of to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center. Meanwhile the Jets can run their winning streak to five games when they entertain the Columbus Blue Jackets at the MTS Centre.

In the Pacific Division the Anaheim Ducks continue to maintain a decisive lead over the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings.

The defending Stanley Cup champions currently sit on the outside looking in when it comes to the post-season and fell 2-1 to the Flames in overtime at the Staples Center.

TheĀ Blackhawks are 9.00 to win the Stanley Cup, while theĀ Ducks are 8.50 to be crowned champions.

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