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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators Preview and Predictions 12-03-2019


Teams who were expected to compete for a Stanley Cup when the season began, but are still seeking consistency, meet Tuesday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Nashville Predators. The Predators, who own at least a point in 12 straight games in the series (10-0-2), saw their four-game point streak end with a 3-0 loss at Florida on Saturday and the Lightning have followed a 6-2-0 run with three consecutive one-goal losses, including Saturday's 3-2 setback against Carolina.

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Nashville got off to a strong 9-4-2 start before struggling through a six-game losing streak and seemed to be putting things together with back-to-back wins over reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis during a 3-0-1 run, but could not break through in Florida. "It's a statement for us that we've been playing good hockey, but we're not there yet, and this is a good example of it," Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis told reporters. "We can't take a night off, we can't take a step back, and it's a good wake-up call that we have to bring our A-game every night to be successful in this league." Tampa Bay averaged 4.5 goals during a 10-game stretch to put its season back on good footing, but came up short against St. Louis at home before coughing up a two-goal lead in an overtime loss at Washington on Friday and giving up three in the first period one night later in the setback versus the Hurricanes. "There are a lot of details we can be better at and we need to be better at," Lightning forward Yanni Gourde told reporters. "It is frustrating? Yes, but these are things that we can fix. We have to keep battling hard."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (12-9-3): Brayden Point, who missed the first three games of the season while finishing his recovery from double hip surgery, has warmed up with six goals in his last six games to take over the team lead with 10. Right wing Nikita Kucherov had 17 points in 11 November games after managing 11 in 12 October contests and leads the team with 28 after recording an assist Saturday. Mikhail Sergachev has all three of his goals in the last six contests and shares the team lead with fellow defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (five goals, 19 points) with a plus-9 rating.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (12-10-4): Veteran Pekka Rinne, who was rested Saturday after ending a slump with a shutout at Carolina on Friday, is likely to get the call against Tampa Bay as he goes for his 351st career victory. Defenseman Roman Josi leads the team with 24 points after posting four assists in the past six contests and center Matt Duchene, who did not play in Nashville's 3-2 overtime win at Tampa Bay on Oct. 26, is next with 20. Ellis had the winning goal in that contest and boasts 19 points while centers Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino top the team with 10 goals apiece.

OVERTIME

1. Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman finished with 13 points in 11 November games and is second on the team with 22.

2. Nashville C Kyle Turris, a healthy scratch for the last seven games, reportedly skated with the top 12 forwards Monday.

3. Lightning LW Alex Killorn is questionable and D Braydon Coburn out indefinitely with lower-body injuries.

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Last Injuries

Nashville Predators

  • Mattias Ekholm

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Ekholm missed the last game with an illness, and it is uncertain if he will play Monday against the Rangers.

  • Mikael Granlund

    Lower Body
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Granlund sat out the previous game due to a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Rangers on Monday.

  • Pekka Rinne

    Rest
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Rinne is not expected to take part in Thursday's game versus the Sabres due to a day of rest.

  • Pekka Rinne

    Rest
    Doub Tues | doubtful

    Rinne is not expected to participate in Tuesday's game versus the Sharks as he is to be rested.

  • Mikael Granlund

    Lower Body
    Prob Tues | probable

    Granlund has missed the previous two games due to a lower-body injury, but he is expected to play Tuesday versus the Sharks.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Nikita Kucherov

    Shin
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Kucherov exited the last game due to a shin injury, and it is unknown if he will be available against the Senators on Tuesday.

  • Louis Domingue

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Domingue has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Braydon Coburn

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Coburn has been sent to the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Tyler Johnson

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Johnson is dealing with a lower-body injury. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Alex Killorn

    Lower Body
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Killorn has sat out the previous two games due to a lower-body injury, but he is likely to be available for Thursday's contest against the Wild.

nashville-predators Stats 2019-2020

Offensive
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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
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Shutouts
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Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Time on ice
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS

tampa-bay-lightning Stats 2019-2020

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS