NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 17: Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins blocks a shot by Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators in front of Bruin goalie Tuuku Rask #40 on March 17, 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Both the Bruins and the Predators are flailing, trying to grasp onto a game that will refocus and drive them to their earlier successes this season.
The Bruins are slumping.
They have lost three of their last four games, and frustration has crept into their game and was especially evident in their last game against the Buffalo Sabres where they lost 6-0 in New York.
Neither Tuukka Rask nor Tim Thomas could help the puck from going in on Wednesday, and for the first time this season, the last team in the Division and second to last team in the Eastern Conference beat the reigning Stanley Cup Champions.
That seems to be a growing trend, and one that the Bruins need to nip as soon as possible.
They are still without one of their top forwards Nathan Horton, who stopped all progress he was making after he felt concussion like symptoms when he took to the ice to skate.
The Bruins have been preaching about hard work and making sure everyone is doing their part on the team, but when the team loses 6-0 and no one can find the back of the net, who do you blame?
They will have to find a way against the Nashville Predators this afternoon.
The Predators enter today's game also dropping three of their last four games--the most recent a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
This is the only game these two teams play against each other this season, and both teams are trying to regain composure and tap into their earlier successes.
The last time they met was last year in Nashville, where the Predators took a 4-3 overtime win, with the winning goal coming from Shea Weber.
Rask took the loss in that game, stopping 27 of 31 shots that came his way. He could be in net again this afternoon, in which case he would be put up against fellow Finnish goaltender, Pekka Rinne.
The puck drops at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN and aired live on 98.5 The Sports Hub.