Predators @ Lightning Preview (Game 35)

The Nashville Predators (16-15-3) will head to St. Petersburg on Thursday to play the Tampa Bay Lightning (20-11-3) for their first meeting of the season.  Both teams are playing solid hockey with each winning three of their past four games. 

The Predators need to find the back of the net more often than they did against the Blackhawks on Tuesday.  In games this season the Predators score 3 or more goals they are 14-0-1.

 

TV/RADIO COVERAGE

Nashville: 102.5 The Game; FSN-Tennessee

Tampa Bay: SUN

Live Stream: http://livetv.sx/en/eventinfo/195462_nashville_tampa_bay/

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SEASON SERIES

This is the first game of the regular season series.

LINE UP NEWS

Starting Goaltenders:

 

Name

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

Ben Bishop

18

5

2

1.96

.934

Carter Hutton

7

4

1

2.96

.911

Nashville Injuries: G Pekka Rinne (IR,Hip), F Filip Forsberg (IR; upper body)

Tampa Bay Injuries: D Victor Hedman (day to day; lower body), F Steven Stamkos (IR; leg), Ryan Malone (IR; ankle), F Tom Pyatt (IR; collarbone), F Keith Aule (IR; hand), F Brian Lee (day to day; lower body)

Projected Nashville Scratches: F Gabriel Bourque, D Mattias Ekholm

Projected Tampa Bay Scratches: D Victor Hedman

PROJECTED LINES

Nashville


Nystrom – Fisher – Stalberg

Spaling – Legwand – Hornqvist

Smith – Cullen – Wilson

Clune  –  Gaustad – Hendricks

Josi – Weber

Ellis – Jones

Klein – Bartley

Hutton

Mazanec

 

Tampa Bay

Palat – Johnson – St. Louis

Killorn – Filppula – Purcell

Brown – Thompson – Kucherov

Panik – Crombeen

Taormina – Salo

Carle – Gudas

Brewer- Sustr – Barberio

Bishop

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nashville:   G Carter Hutton.  Although he took the loss on Tuesday night, Hutton has 1.75 GAA over the past 4 games.

 

Tampa Bay:  F Martin St. Louis.  Even with Stamkos out, St. Louis hasn’t missed a beat.  He leads the team in points and is arguably one of the most talented forwards in the league.

 

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.

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