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Bruins hope to avoid 3rd straight loss vs. Preds

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins will try to avoid their first three- game losing streak of the season when they welcome the Nashville Predators for Thursday's clash at TD Garden.

Boston is coming off consecutive defeats at the hands of Ottawa and the New York Islanders, giving the Bruins just their third two-game slide of the season and first since Nov. 2-5.

The last time Boston dropped three straight was in Games 4, 5 and 6 of last spring's Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins' last three-game losing streak in the regular season was part of an 0-3-1 slide from April 11-20 of last season.

Boston fell to 0-2 against the Islanders this season after dropping a 5-3 home decision on Tuesday. John Tavares netted a pair of third-period goals to lift New York to the road triumph at TD Garden.

David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille provided offense for the Bruins, who have dropped two straight in regulation for the first time since Oct. 26-30. Tuukka Rask was on the hook for all five goals on 31 shots, as Boston fell despite holding a 3-1 lead at one point.

"I think when we took the 3-1 lead, we kind of relaxed and they came back hard and they kind of got the momentum back and we couldn't regain it," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

Boston had an eight-game home win streak halted on Tuesday, but the B's are still 16-4-2 in Beantown this season.

Nashville, meanwhile, enters Thursday having won its last two games and can match a season-high winning streak with another victory tonight. However, the Preds have lost three of the last four meetings against the Bruins overall and three straight in Boston.

After beating Los Angeles on Saturday to halt a five-game skid, the Predators made it two in a row with Tuesday's 6-4 decision against visiting Detroit. Colin Wilson posted two goals and an assist as Nashville outlasted the Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena.

Mike Fisher had a goal and two assists, while Nick Spaling, Craig Smith and Roman Josi all scored for the Predators. Marek Mazanec stopped 21 shots in the win.

"We found a way to shut it down and get the next one when we needed it," said Fisher. "That's a sign of a good team, to be able to keep up with those guys over there."

Nashville has lost its last two as the guest but hopes to end that slide tonight in the opener of a three-game road trip. The Preds are 8-10-1 as the visiting club this season.

01/02 10:50:50 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
Final
SDP 1
COL 3
Final
PIT 11
MIL 2
Final
WAS 0
STL 8
Final
TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
Final
CWS 1
BOS 3
Final
HOU 1
KAN 5
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
2nd OT
STL 3
CHI 3
 
3rd
COL 2
MIN 4
 
2nd
SJS 3
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2