Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Live Streaming: How to watch NHL Hockey Online from anywhere. With three victories in their last four contests, the Tampa Bay Lightning (1st in Central Division) will be eager to continue their solid form while playing host to the Nashville Predators (6th in Central), who have lost six of their last seven games.
Preds Drop Third Straight
The Nashville Predators (11-16-1) recorded three straight losses (0-2-1) and six in their last seven outings (1-5-1) after being beaten with a score of 6-3 by the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday. The Preds outshot the hosts 31-28 and went 1-for-2 with the man-advantage, but failed to kill their only penalty and netted their first marker through Yakov Trenin (2 goals, 4 points this year) in the second frame when the Bolts were already leading 3-0. Consecutive third-period snipes by Alexandre Carrier (1 goal, 1 point) and Erik Haula (3 goals, 8 points) got the Preds within 4-3 before Tampa Bay lit the lamp twice more in the last 10 minutes of the outing.
Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots on Saturday to take his current performance record to 6-11-1 for the season with a 3.22 GAA and a .893 save percentage. He has picked up a 9-3-2 career tally against the Lightning with a 2.69 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are netting the 4th lowest amount of goals per game this year (2.32), while giving up the 3rd highest quantity on the defensive end (3.43). They are 20th in power play with a 19.6% success rate and bottom of the league in penalty kill with 67.0% efficiency.
Bolts Win Third In Four
The Tampa Bay Lightning (19-5-2) won for the third time in their last four outings (3-1-0) after recovering from Thursday’s shocking 6-4 road setback against the Detroit Red Wings with a 6-3 victory over the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena on Saturday. Tyler Johnson (6 goals, 14 points this year) and Mathieu Joseph (6 goals, 10 points) tallied in the opening frame. Alex Killorn (7 goals, 17 points) and Brayden Point (10 goals, 25 points) scored in the second, while Blake Coleman (6 goals, 13 points) and Anthony Cirelli (8 goals, 17 points) found the back of the net in the final third, giving the Lightning their ninth triumph in the past 11 matchups (9-1-1). The Bolts are 5-0-0 against Nashville this season.
Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves on Saturday and has now gone 17-3-1 for the ongoing campaign with a 1.85 GAA and a .934 save percentage. He has registered a 5-3-1 past total against the Predators with a 2.71 GAA and a .898 save percentage. The Lightning, meanwhile, are netting the absolute highest quantity of goals per game in 2020-21 (3.73), while conceding the 3rd lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.27). The team is 4th best in power play with a 28.9% conversion rate and 3rd in penalty kill with 86.7% proficiency.
Playing in front of 3,800 fans for the first time this season on Saturday, the Lightning didn’t disappoint. After raising their Stanley Cup Winners banner before the contest, Tampa Bay beat the Predators for the sixth straight time (and fifth this season alone), notching its ninth victory in the last 11 contests and delivering exciting hockey along the way. Hats off to Nashville for battling back of sorts in the third period. Still, it is difficult to imagine the Preds getting anything out of their second game against the Bolts in three days either. The inferiority of Nashville compared to stronger opponents has clearly shown lately, with the team being able to notch just nine victories in its past 32 outings against teams with a winning record. The Preds have also been struggling on the road, dropping four of their most recent five travels, while Tampa Bay’s potential during busy schedules is just too impressive to ignore. The Lightning have won 42 of their previous 52 matchups played on the last night of a 4-games-in-6-days scenario. Just – wow!
Monday afternoon hockey, ladies and gentlemen! The Nashville Predators finish off their two-game series on the Gulf Coast today at 3:00 PM CT for reasons not entirely clear. But hey, at least it’s not an 11 P.M. start, right?
Saturday’s game against the Lightning saw the Predators play an overall solid game that still resulted in a 6-3 loss. The Preds spent a lot of time in the Tampa Bay zone, even putting three goals past Vasilevskiy (a rare task). But what makes the Lightning a special team is their ability to capitalize on their chances. All it took were a couple of small, 30-second momentum swings, and viola… we saw a Lightning goal.
It certainly didn’t help that the Predators are still without many of their “big guns.” Six rookies took the ice against the Lightning Saturday. Today, however, the Preds should get a little boost in the line-up.
Three Things to Watch
The Return of Dante Fabbro
The 22-year-old blueliner is expected back in the lineup following a two-game suspension for a bad hit on Carolina’s Brock McGinn last week. Fabbro’s couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Preds, who are currently missing Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, and Mark Borowiecki due to injury.
With Fabbro back in the line-up, the Preds now have a bit more “normalcy” at the top of the defensive depth chart with he and Ekholm on the top pair. Fabbro’s been one of the Predators’ most-improved players this season; He’s been reliable in his own zone, and is starting to come into his own offensively. There’s still plenty of room to growth, which is why these next few games are going to be critical for his development.
2. Can The Youngsters Continue to Shine?
If there’s been one bright spot for the Preds the past few games, it’s been the (somewhat surprising) performance of their rookies, especially on the blueline. Alexandré Carrier has looked like a rising star in his two-game stint on the Preds top pair, which saw him carry the lion’s share of the team’s power play and penalty killing minutes. Jeremy Davies, who has inherited more ice time since Borowiecki’s injury and Fabbro’s suspension hasn’t really stood out one way or another. But that’s in no way a bad thing. He’s simply making routine plays without making huge mistakes, which is exactly what you’d want to see from someone just 3 games into his NHL career. Frederic Allard, on the other hand, had an up-and-down debut Saturday. He had one noticeable misplay, which led to the rush that spurred Tampa’s first goal, but he followed that up with a couple of great plays in his own zone.
Up front, Yakov Trenin is coming off easily the best game of his career. Trenin has evolved from that exciting “big body” who dished out big hits into a more well-rounded player who’s using his size and physicality to set up quality scoring chances.
There have been plenty of flashes of brilliance. Now what I want to see is the up-and-comers start stringing these flashes into consistent solid play. Chances are they’re going to get a lot of opportunities to do so over the next several weeks.
3. Help For Pekka
Juuse Saros is reportedly close to a return, but as of this publication, he has yet to removed from IR, which makes it likely Pekka Rinne will make his seventh consecutive start. That’s the longest such streak for him since the 2018-19 season. The results have not been great during this stretch; The Preds are 1-4-1 since Saros’s injury, and Rinne has allowed 5 goals or more in four of those games.
That being said, he hasn’t had the best help in the world either. The Predators are giving up an average of just over 32 shots per game over the last six games. A lot of those are coming from second-chance opportunities born from the inability to clear the front of the net, or rush chances created by offensive or neutral zone turnovers.
Is Pekka Rinne the same Pekka Rinne from the 2010s? Of course not. But he’s also made a lot of saves that have kept the Preds in games they had no business being in. The best thing Nashville can do to help out their goalie is to make it harder to put pucks on net, and perhaps start capitalizing on their own chances on the other end of the ice.
Soundtrack To Get You HYPED For Gameday
“And so it went” is usually what we’ve been saying after Preds games this year. But also, c’mon, Taylor Momsen’s voice…
How To Watch
Puck Drop: 3:00 PM CT
Local TV: Fox Sports Tennessee
National TV: NHLTV (subscription required)
Radio: 102.5 The Game
Nashville Concludes Two-Game Set in Tampa with Afternoon Puck Drop Today. The clocks sprang forward an hour on Sunday, and today in Tampa, the puck will drop a few hours earlier than normal for a weekday meeting between the Predators and Lightning. The divisional foes will finish their two-game set this afternoon with a special 3 p.m. CT start; Nashville will be looking for their first win of the season over the Bolts after dropping the first five meetings, including a 6-3 decision on Saturday night.
The Preds continue to deal with injuries, and for the third-straight game, Nashville dressed six rookies on Saturday. Defenseman Mark Borowiecki was the latest to exit the lineup – he’s now week-to-week with an upper-body injury – and defenseman Frederic Allard stepped in on Saturday to make his NHL debut.
Whether it’s a 15-year veteran or a rookie with one game of experience, the Predators will be looking for more from their personnel this afternoon as they challenge the defending champs once more.