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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: September 24th, 2013


Sep 24, 2013

Written by: Kristopher Martel


Last updated: September 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Tonight, Nashville and Tampa Bay clash in the final preseason home game for the Predators at Bridgestone Arena…


Nashville Predators ((1-2-1, Preseason)) vs Tampa Bay Lightning ((4-0-0, Preseason))
Gametime: 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET
Television: N/A
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Filip Forsberg (lower body)

Tampa Bay Lightning - N/A

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Nashville - Pekka Rinne


Tampa Bay - Anders Lindback

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Depending on who is in the lineup tomorrow night, one should keep an eye on both Simon Moser and Taylor Beck.

We haven’t seen too much of Simon Moser in camp thus far, but the coaching staff may know something that we don’t. Moser has survived three rounds of cuts so far and remains among the 16 forwards left in training camp.

As for Beck, he’s been mysteriously quiet through training camp and preseason action as well. Trotz noted earlier today that there were a couple forwards on the roster that needed to step up if they wanted a roster spot on the team. Part of me tends to think that Taylor Beck is one of the forwards that Trotz is speaking of…

Tampa Bay Lightning -

Jonathan Drouin – The star-studded prospect notched the game-winning shootout goal Sunday night against the Florida Panthers, but could he be on the bubble of making the Lightning’s final 23-man roster? D. Frederick Cook over at FanSided’s “Bolts by the Bay” tends to think so.

Tomorrow night could very well be a make-or-break night for the 18 year old first round selection.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

Nashville is trying to go a perfect 2-0 in their only two home preseason games of training camp. Winning their first game of the preseason Sunday night against the New York Islanders, the Predators will face off against a Tampa Bay Lightning team that handed them a 5-1 loss only five days prior.

Issuing their third round of cuts Monday morning, the Predators roster stands at 27 players, only four from the magic number of 23 they’ll need for next Thursday’s opening night game against the St. Louis Blues.

After tonight’s game, Nashville goes back on the road to take on the Washington Capitals tomorrow night in Washington, then finishes the preseason against the New York Islanders in Long Island on Friday night.

Tampa Bay Lightning -

The Tampa Bay Lightning are experiencing the best start to their preseason since finishing 5-1 prior to the 2008-2009 regular season. While that same season ended with the Lightning recording a 24-40-18 record, Tampa Bay hopes this year will be a bit different.

With a vastly well-rounded offense and a increasingly better defense, Tampa Bay’s only issue to keep track of is their unsteady goaltending over the past few seasons. However, with former Predators goaltender Anders Lindback leading the way for the Lightning, they may have a fair chance at doing well in the newly reformed Atlantic Division, a division that includes Detroit and Toronto as well.

Whether or not the Lightning can maintain a perfect preseason record will be put to the test tonight at Bridgestone Arena, however they will finish their training camp with two straight games against the Florida Panthers, on Thursday and Saturday of this week.

Last time out...

The Lightning rocked the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-1 the previous Thursday, September 19th at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Bay.

Brett Connolly had two goals and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning, while Matt Cullen was the lone goal scorer for the Predators

One interesting fact...

In 16 franchise games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, only two shutouts have been recorded, one for each team.

Tampa Bay’s only shutout of the Predators came on December 26th, 2001, a 1-0 win in Nashville. Fredrick Modin scored the only goal while hockey analyst Kevin Weekes recording the 31 save shutout.

Nashville’s only shutout of the Lightning came on March 24th, 1999, a 3-0 win in Tampa Bay. Patrick Cote, Greg Johnson, and Sergei Krivokrasov scored for the Predators, while Mike Dunham recorded the 27 save shutout.


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua