Bruins At Nashville The Day After The Predators Fire Coach
Nashville fired Peter Laviolette after he coached the Predators into the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons.
The Predators also dismissed assistant coach Kevin McCarthy. Nashville has dropped four of five heading into Tuesday night's game against the Boston Bruins.
The team did not announce a replacement for either coach.
Laviolette has 637 wins during his 18 years as an NHL coach with the New York Islanders, Carolina, Philadelphia and Nashville. He coached the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup championship in 2006.
Tuesday the Bruins visit the Predators on 92.9 The Ticket, the pregame show starts at 7:30pm
Boston Bruins (24-8-11, first in the Atlantic Division) vs. Nashville Predators (19-15-7, sixth in the Central Division)
Nashville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Bruins visit Nashville after Craig Smith scored two goals in the Predators' 5-4 shootout loss to the Ducks.
The Predators are 10-7-4 on their home ice. Nashville is sixth in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by Roman Josi with 14.
The Bruins have gone 10-6-2 away from home. Boston ranks eighth in the league shooting 10.5% and averaging 3.3 goals on 31.0 shots per game.
In their last meeting on Dec. 21, Nashville won 4-3. Josi scored two goals for the Predators.
TOP PERFORMERS: Josi leads the Predators with 44 points, scoring 14 goals and collecting 30 assists. Smith has recorded eight goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Nashville.
Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with a plus-18 in 43 games played this season. Patrice Bergeron has seven goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 4-1-5, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.3 assists, three penalties and six penalty minutes while allowing 2.4 goals per game with a .922 save percentage.
Predators: 5-3-2, averaging four goals, 6.4 assists, 4.5 penalties and 11.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with a .894 save percentage.
INJURIES: Predators: Dante Fabbro: day to day (upper-body), Matt Duchene: day to day (illness).
Bruins: None listed.