Montreal and Nashville face off for non-conference matchup

Nashville Predators (19-14-6, fifth in the Central Division) vs. Montreal Canadiens (16-22-3, eighth in the Atlantic Division)

Montreal, Quebec; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NHL LINE: Predators -149, Canadiens +127; over/under is 6.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Montreal Canadiens take on the Nashville Predators in a non-conference matchup.

Montreal has an 8-11-0 record in home games and a 16-22-3 record overall. The Canadiens are first in NHL play serving 12.7 penalty minutes per game.

Nashville has a 19-14-6 record overall and a 10-9-3 record on the road. The Predators have a -5 scoring differential, with 109 total goals scored and 114 given up.

Thursday's game is the second meeting between these teams this season. The Predators won 6-3 in the last matchup.

TOP PERFORMERS: Cole Caufield has 23 goals and nine assists for the Canadiens. Josh Anderson has three goals and one assist over the past 10 games.

Matt Duchene has 11 goals and 19 assists for the Predators. Filip Forsberg has eight goals and four assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Canadiens: 2-7-1, averaging two goals, 3.4 assists, 4.8 penalties and 13.9 penalty minutes while giving up 4.3 goals per game.

Predators: 6-2-2, averaging 3.6 goals, 6.2 assists, 4.3 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game.

INJURIES: Canadiens: Sean Monahan: out (foot), Brendan Gallagher: out (lower body), Carey Price: out (knee), Emil Heineman: out (thumb), Kaiden Guhle: out (leg), Paul Byron: out (hip), Michael Matheson: out (lower-body).

Predators: Mark Borowiecki: out (upper body), Cole Smith: day to day (upper-body).

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