Photo: flickr Writer: Jimmy Gold
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators will engage in some cross conference play in this match-up. The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a 4-6 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Matt Peca scored once for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ondrej Palat scored once for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ondrej Palat is in the top five in points for his team this year. Nikita Kucherov had a big night with 2 goals and 1 assists. It's been a good year so far for Nikita Kucherov, he has 38 points. Tyler Johnson had a great assist night with two helpers. Victor Hedman had a great assist night with two helpers.
Andrei Vasilevskiy should start in net for this game. He last played on Tuesday and put together a 0.848 save percentage. Over his last 2 games facing the Nashville Predators, he has gone 0-0-0.
It looks like Pekka Rinne will get the call in this one. In Rinne's latest appearance, he faced 43 shots and allowed 2 goals. It's been a good last 10 games for Pekka Rinne as he has 3 wins and 5 losses with a 3.51 GAA and 0.882 SV%.
Jon Cooper can't be happy with his team's defensive play this season, allowing 30 shots against while generating 30. The Tampa Bay Lightning have been masterful at home, posting a 11-6-2 record. The Nashville Predators have gone 6-9-2 on the road. The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone 0-2 when playing Western-Central opponents this season. The Nashville Predators have gone 9-8 when playing Eastern-Atlantic opponents this season. When facing a team above .500, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone 5-11. The Tampa Bay Lightning have been godawful when playing against a team with a record above .500, posting 5 wins and 11 losses.
The total here seems a little low. Hammer the over.
Game Time: 7:35 PM ET
Over 5.5 109