Nashville Predators vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday, November 1st, 7:30 pm Eastern Time
The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Nashville Predators in what could very well be a preview of this year’s Stanley Cup finals.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had won three games in a row before being embarrassed by the Phoenix Coyotes 7-1 on Saturday night at Gila River Arena. The Lightning could be forgiven though considering it was the second half of a tough back-to-back and backup goalie Louis Domingue was in net for all seven goals. That won’t be the case when Nashville comes to town though, with 24-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy expected back between the posts.
Defenceman Cameron Gaunce has been called up to help fill the void of losing stalwart Victor Hedman to an upper-body injury. Hedman will be out at least a week as he is expected to be re-evaluated in a few days. Tampa Bay will also likely be without the services of forward Ondrej Palat who is currently listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.
After winning five consecutive games, the Predators have lost two of their last three heading into this week’s matches. Despite sitting atop of the Central Division with an impressive 16 points after 11 games, they will be eager to get back on track against the Lightning.
They have found the back of the net at least three times in their previous eight games and with Hedman out injured, they should have little difficulty hitting that mark again on Thursday evening. Filip Forsberg is also red-hot at the moment and managed to score a hat trick on Saturday night, despite the fact the Predators lost the game. We could see a rather intense high scoring affair, even though these teams play in separate conferences.
Nashville Predators to win
The Tampa Bay Lightning are a very good hockey club and have proven it over recent weeks, but they will be in tough against the Nashville Predators, especially without their start defenseman in the lineup.
- Over 6 goals
Vasilevskly is one of the best goalies in the NHL and rarely concedes more than three goals, but this will likely be one of those occasions. Expect Nashville to try and push their brand of hockey – even in a difficult road contest.
Head to Head
Nashville and Tampa Bay split the season series last year, each winning one game on the road.
Only the Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins have a better goal differential than the Nashville Predators across the entire NHL.
The Tampa Bay Lightning allowed the Arizona Coyotes to score seven goals in a single game for the first time since October 15, 2014.
Nikita Kucherov is one of just 67 skaters to average at least one point per game through 147 contests in 2018-19 – minimum five games played – the most through 147 games played since the 1993-94 campaign.