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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Nashville Predators Tips - Predators to stun high-flying Tampa
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Nashville Predators predictions for Tuesday’s NHL match
- Tampa top of the Central Division
- Predators second from bottom of Central Division
- Predators have won four of their five home games
- Full match preview and predictions
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Nashville Predators Tips
These two teams met a week ago, and Tampa won both by scores of 4-3 and 5-2. However, while both those fixtures were at Tampa’s home Amalie Arena, this time they are playing at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena home, where the Predators have won four out of five games this season.
Despite being top of the Central Division, Tampa’s away record is one win against 2 defeats. I’m picking Nashville, led by the excellent Filip Forsberg to pull off a shock win in a close game by a score line of two goals or less.
- Tampa are current Stanley Cup holders
- Tampa are top of the Central Divsion
- Predators second from bottom of Central Divsion
- Predators have won 4 out of 5 home games
Head to Head
Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators have met each other 35 times, with the Predators leading 19-16. Since the start of 2018 they have clashed eight times, with the score at four apiece. However Tampa have won their last three meetings, most recently last week’s 5-2 victory.
Tampa Bay Lightning Form
The reigning Stanley Cup holders, Tampa sit top of the NHL’s Central Division with 15 points from nine games, and a record of seven wins and two defeats.
The Lightning are currently enjoying a four-game winning streak that saw them score back-to-back wins over the Predators followed by two straight victories over the Detroit Red Wings.
Tampa Team News
The Lightning are blessed with an extraordinary goal tender in Russian international star Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has been between the sticks for all of their games and is a big reason for Tampa’s continued great form.
Team captain Steven Stamkos has been Tampa’s most valuable player, with four goals and six assists, followed by defender Victor Hedman, with 3 goals and seven assists.
Tampa will be without back-up goal tender Anders Nilsson, as well as alternate captains Mitchell Stephens and Blake Coleman.
Nashville Predators Form
Nashville are currently second from bottom of the NHL Central Division with 10 points from eleven games, and a record of 5 wins and six defeats. They are just two points ahead of bottom team the Detroit Red Wings, but interestingly just 4 points adrift of the 4th placed Chicago Blackhawks, who have played two more games.
The Predators have been plagued with injuries this season, and if they could get some players back on the ice and find some consistency on the road and improve their wretched away record of one win and five defeats they could start to climb the table. Their home form has been excellent, with 4 wins and just one loss.
After posting back-to-back wins over the Chicago Black Hawks in late January, Tampa have lost three out of four games, most recently going down to Florida 2-1.
Predators Team News
Nashville have been juggling between the Finnish duo of goal tenders Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne all season, and its time they stuck with one. Filip Forsberg has been Nashville’s best player by far this season, with six goals and five assists.
The Predators have been hit with a lot of injuries this season, and are currently without 14 squad players. That number includes reserve captains Luke Kunin, Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnrok.
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Tampa have only played three away games, but they have lost two of those. When these teams last met it was at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, and the Lightning were the winners. This time they are playing in Nashville’s back yard, the Predators will be out for revenge, and the tables will be turned.