Lightning at Predators Betting Preview
The Tampa Bay Lightning (8-1-1) travel to Nashville for a battle against the Predators (5-7) Tuesday night. For Tampa Bay, they have left off exactly where they were last season as the NHL’s best team. It’s beginning to seem like Tampa Bay professional sports teams cannot lose these days. If last night was any hint at what Nashville has in store for them, that is not good news.
On the season, Left Wing Filip Forsberg has been the Predator’s best player. Forsberg leads the Predators with six goals, five assists, and 11 points on 43 shots. Forsberg needs to have a solid performance for the Predators to compete against the Lightning. On the season, Forsberg has two assists and two points in two games against the Lightning.
Although the Nashville Predators have not seen a ton of early success this season, it’s usually on their home ice when they do win. Nashville currently has a 4-2 record at home, winning only one game on the road. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, home ice does not come with the usual roaring and energizing fans, but Nashville has recently begun to allow fans back into the arena. Nashville began the season without letting fans attend the games.
The Big Three
The Tampa Bay Lightning currently have three players with 10 or more points on the season. Captain Steven Stamkos returns after battling an injury last season and has picked up right where he left off. Stamkos has five goals, while fellow Centerman Brayden Point has four goals and seven assists.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have a clear advantage here when it comes to goalkeepers. Andrei Vasilevskiy is an elite goalkeeper who has started in all nine games and has only allowed nine goals. Don’t expect the Predators to get many opportunities if Vasilevskiy is in a net.
For Nashville, they have sent out two different goalkeepers this season who have each struggled. Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros have allowed a combined 36 goals.
Last Night’s Game
These two teams meet again in the second game of back to back following a 4-1 Lightning win on Monday. For the first game, all season, Visilevskiy was not in net for the Lightning, and I would expect him to return tonight. Curtis McElhinney started in goal for the Lightning saving 22 out of 23 shots, and Rinne was in goal for the Predators saving 31 out of 33 shots allowing two goals. The Lightning blew the game open late, adding two empty-net goals. Centerman Anthony Cirelli added two goals against Pekka Rinne Monday night, providing a spark for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay scored early and never relinquished the lead.
Last Five Games
The Lightning has had success so far against all of their opponents except the Carolina Hurricanes. Recently Tampa Bay defeated Nashville in two consecutive games at home and defeated Nashville on the road last night.
Nashville has struggled lately, especially against the Lightning. For Nashville to win this one, they need to limit Tampa Bays’ goal scorers because they have had a tough time keeping up.
Lightning Moneyline (-162)
Predators Moneyline (+140)
Prediction: Lightning Moneyline.
The defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning is already off to a great start. To put it simply, the Lightning is just too good. Don’t expect Tampa Bay to be underdogs in too many games this season. Now both teams will be playing in back to back eliminating that advantage or disadvantage from this matchup. Expect Tampa to get out to a fast start and score a lot of goals. The Lightning average more than one more goal per game than Nashville.