Tampa Bay Lightning (34-16-5) at Nashville Predators (35-12-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 10, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Nashville Predators -138 / Tampa Bay Lightning +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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One of the better match ups of the night takes place in Nashville on Tuesday. The Predators got star goaltender Pekka Rinne back Thursday night and after a poor showing he bounced back and led them to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in the first game of a weekend back-to-back on Saturday. Sunday afternoon it was Carter Hutton who got the call and the young goalie picked up where he left off before Rinne returned. A quick look at the box score might not shot it but Hutton was fantastic and gave Nashville a chance to come back and find a way to beat the Panthers in Florida. Trailing 2-0 heading into the third period it was Seth Jones that got the Predators back in the game with his fifth goal of the season coming with the man advantage. Then it was Hutton who stood tall and allowed the Predators to stay within a goal before they drew another power play with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Filip Forsberg would score his 18th goal of the season to tie the game and in the shootout it was Matt Cullen, Craig Smith, and Forsberg all scoring to lift the Predators to the come from behind 3-2 victory. Florida out shot Nashville 15-4 during the final period but Hutton was the difference in this one. On the night he finished with 34 saves and picked up his fifth win of the season. Now the Predators will look to get Rinne back into a groove and try and keep control of the Central Division standings. Nashville currently holds a four point lead on second place St. Louis.
Tampa Bay is in a similar situation as they currently lead the Atlantic Division by two points over the Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning are much like the Predators in that they continue to use a dominant home ice advantage to keep up their pace. While the Predators enter Tuesday’s contest with a record of 20-5-2 on home ice, the Lightning are 22-5-1. Both of these clubs are just about average away from home but they’ve been able to take control of games when they have other teams in their building and that’s why it’s imperative for them to keep finding ways to win games and secure home ice in the post season. Tampa continued their home cooking on Sunday night when they hosted the Anaheim Ducks at the Amalie Arena. Brian Boyle, Valtteri Filppula, and Nikita Kucherov all scored first period goals in a game that was never close. Boyle would add his second of the night and 12th of the season in the second period and Ryan Callahan would add a third period goal in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 win. The only negative on the night for the Lightning was a power play that went 0-for-5. Ben Bishop made 25 saves to pick up his 27th win of the year.
This one should be entertaining between two of the better teams in the league. This seems like a game between two evenly matched clubs and siding with the home team would seem like the thing to do. Instead I’ll take the Lightning as a slight underdog in this one.