Penguins @ Predators
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
8:00PM Eastern – AT&TSN | FS-TN
The Penguins continue their road trip as they head to the Music City to take on the Predators in a rematch of the 2017 Cup Final, which obviously went the Penguins’ way.
The stakes are high as the Penguins have dropped two straight games that went beyond regulation, both games where they held a lead and allowed a tying goal with under 3 minutes left. Most recently, they allowed the Canes to tie the game at 2 and take the shootout.
You know how this all works, and it’s not time to panic yet (the Penguins hold 6 points on the Canadiens who do have a game in hand.
McCann – Crosby – Guentzel
Rust – Blueger – Kessel
Simon – Bjugstad – Hornqvist
A. Johnson – Cullen – Wilson
Dumoulin – Letang
J. Johnson – Schultz
Pettersson – Gudbranson
The Predators have an identical 89 points through 74 games, but they sit in 2nd in the Central Division, 3 points of Winnipeg’s pace.
They’re led by Viktor Arvidsson’s 31 goals and Ryan Johansen’s 60 points.
The Preds are a strong possession team, as of course is tradition, with a 52.45CF%, good for 7th in the league.
On special teams, though, the Predators have struggled. They’re next-to-last in the league with an abysmal 13.0% conversion rate with the man advantage. The penalty kill is tied for 11th in the league, killing off 81.1% of situations.
Forsberg – Johansen – Arvidsson
Granlund – Bonino – Simmonds
Jarnkrok – Sissons – Smith
Boyle – Turris – Grimaldi
Josi – Ellis
Ekholm – Subban
Irwin – Weber
Catch the Predators.