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Nashville Predators vs Boston Bruins Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 01:00 PM

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OPENNER
-1.5

5.5o -110
CURRENT
-1.5 +158

+135
MONEYLINE
-155

3
SCORE
4

David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins will try to build off the emotional high of getting their longtime goalie back when they host the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon.

Boston earned a 3-2 home victory over Philadelphia in Tuukka Rask's long-awaited season debut. Rask stopped 25 shots in his first game since last June after undergoing offseason hip surgery. He rejoined the team this week, signing a one-year deal as a free agent.

"It was great to see the fans' support -- the best fans," Rask said. "It feels like I was home."

Pastrnak celebrated the occasion with his 11th career hat trick, capping his trick with a goal at 16:45 of the second period to snap a 2-all tie and put the Bruins in front for good. It was Boson's season-high fourth straight win and seventh in eight games.

"I was ready to leave it all out there for (Tuukka)," Pastrnak said. "I told him I'm going to get a hat trick before the game and he didn't believe me."

Rask will not be in net when the Bruins take on the Predators. Veteran Linus Ullmark will instead get the nod against Nashville, a team he owns a 1-3-0 career record against with a .897 save percentage and a 3.50 goals-against average.

On Friday, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said defenseman Derek Forbort skated with the team after clearing the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Cassidy also said forward Nick Foligno (lower-body injury) skated on his own and is progressing toward a return.

Meanwhile, defenseman Trent Frederic (upper body) missed the past two games and is considered unlikely to be available against Nashville.

Nashville will be looking to bounce back from a 4-1 home loss to Buffalo on Thursday that snapped the Predators' five-game winning streak.

Matt Duchene netted the lone Nashville goal to tie the game at 1-1 at 13:12 of the second period before goalie Juuse Saros (17 saves) surrendered goals to Jeff Skinner late in the second period and eight minutes into the third, sending the Sabres on their way.

Duchene's goal was his 17th of season, putting him one behind the pace of Filip Forsberg's team-leading tally of 18.

"Definitely not our best game," Nashville captain Roman Josi said. "We came out kind of flat, didn't have a good first period. ... It's a tough league to win in when you're not at your best."

The loss came on the heels of a 5-4 overtime victory over Colorado in which Duchene netted a power-play winner 3:01 into the extra period.

"The big thing moving forward is we learned whatever we did from after the Colorado game, to get ready for the Buffalo game as coaches and players, certainly wasn't good enough," Predators coach John Hynes said. "(Next) we're playing a hot Boston team. They're playing really well right now, it's going to be a big challenge in their building and we've got to get ready here."

Against Buffalo, Nashville played without Forsberg and forward Yakov Trenin, who were in COVID protocols. Defenseman Mark Borowiecki was also sidelined and is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

On Friday, the Predators announced that they had reassigned forward Matt Luff and Cole Smith to the team's taxi squad.

Boston earned a 2-0 win at Nashville on Dec. 2 in the teams' first meeting this season.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Nashville Predators
2
3
Boston Bruins

Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins Recap JAN 15TH 2022

Taylor Hall flipped in a loose puck in the crease for the winning goal 1:41 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins over the visiting Nashville Predators 4-3 on Saturday afternoon.

Hall's goal was his eighth of the season and was assisted by David Pastrnak.

Brad Marchand netted his team-leading 20th goal and Craig Smith and Mike Reilly also scored for the Bruins, who picked up a season-best fifth straight victory and have won eight of their last nine games. Linus Ullmark made 26 saves in net for Boston.

Colton Sissons, Luke Kunin and Roman Josi each had a goal for the Predators. Juuse Saros stopped 40 of 44 shots for Nashville, which dropped its second straight game.

Nashville remains without star center and leading goal scorer Filip Forsberg, who missed his fourth straight game in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Defensemen Mattias Ekholm (COVID protocol) and Ben Harper (healthy scratch) also sat out.

Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort returned after missing three games in COVID protocols. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton remained sidelined in the protocol and center Trent Frederic was sidelined with an upper-body injury.

Boston's Smith opened the scoring 3:20 into the first period after skating into the right circle and firing a wrist shot high glove-side to beat Saros.

Reilly doubled the Bruins' advantage at the 7:37 mark. The uncontested defenseman took Erik Haula's feed from the right circle and dragged the puck through the slot before beating Saros on a nifty backhand goal.

Sissons trimmed Nashville's deficit to 2-1 at 14:30 after a failed clearing attempt by Boston. The center collected a loose puck in the left circle and skated into the slot before ripping a wrister past Ullmark low stick-side.

Kunin tied it at 2-2 at 7:32 of the second on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle through traffic that sailed past Ullmark's stick-side.

Marchand's power-play tally 3:50 into the third restored Boston's lead at 3-2. The Bruins' alternate captain skated into the right circle and beat Saros on a wrist shot at a tight angle high glove-side.

Less than three minutes later, Josi re-tied the game for the Preds on a low wrist shot from the high slot at the 6:26 mark.

--Field Level Media

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