Predators vs Lightning: Two Playoff Hopefuls Take Battle
This will be the first time these two teams Predators vs Lightning take the ice against each other. Tampa Bay has dominated this series over the last two years, going 7-3 in their last ten against each other.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division. After a brilliant first half of the season, the Lightning are 3-1 since returning from the All-Star break.
Nashville is currently fourth in the Central Division standings. While they may be in a Wild Card spot today, they are just four points away from jumping all the way into second place in the division.
Sportsbooks currently have Tampa Bay as the favorite. While Nashville has been playing decent hockey, they are running into a speeding car in the form of the Lightning.
The Lightning have won three games in a row, outsourcing their opponents 15-9. With 72 total points in the division, the Lightning are doing everything they can to catch the Florida Panthers.
Offensively, the Lightning have been great all year. They are averaging 3.44 goals per game, which is seventh-best in the NHL.
In their last five games, they have worked that number up to 4.0 goals per game. In their last five away games, that number is also up to 4.0 goals.
The Lightning only have two players listed on their injury report. They are both defensemen who are used in utility-style roles anyways.
The veteran Steven Stamkos is the offensive leader for the Lightning. He has scored 24 goals and assisted on 32 others to give him a team-high 56 points.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is the main goaltender for the Lightning. He has a record of 27-8-2 and is giving up just 2.29 goals per game.
The Nashville Predators finally got back into the win column. Coming back from the All-Star break, the Predators went 0-4 and jumped down the standings quickly.
The Predators were able to put on an offensive display to get themselves a second-half win. Scoring six goals in the victory, the Predators were able to add to their goals scored per game stat, which is at 3.10.
In their last five games, the Predators are averaging 3.0 goals per game. In their last five games, they are averaging 3.4 goals per game.
The Predators are also down to two players listed on their injury report. Defenseman Mark Borowiecki is listed as questionable to return this week.
Roman Josi is leading the team in total points with 53. He has scored 14 goals and assisted on 39 others while also recording at least one point in eight of their last ten games.
Juuse Saros is the main goaltender for the Predators. He has a record of 24-15-2 and is giving up 2.49 goals per game.
The Lightning are the easy pick in this game. They are better offensively, and their goaltending is better as well.
While this Predators vs Lightning game could be close, since Nashville does play better at home, the Lightning should be able to get to Saros early.
When making your NHL picks, take the Tampa Bay Lightning moneyline.