Nashville Predators (9-3-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (8-2-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -135 / Nashville Predators +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning meet up in Florida on Thursday night in a potential preview of this season’s Stanley Cup Final.
The Preds skate into Tampa Bay on Tuesday night sitting a single point up on the Lightning for top spot in the NHL in what should be an incredibly exciting contest between two of the league’s biggest juggernauts. Nashville is +13 in goal differential so far and have one of the best goaltending and defensive batteries in the NHL and that is something the Bolts are going to have to deal with on Tuesday night as they have grown accustomed to having their way offensively. Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Andrei Vasilevskiy in a show down of Vezina Trophy nominees last season – an award that ultimately went to Rinne.
The Lightning meanwhile are 8-2-1 so far this season and are a single point clear of the Leafs and Bruins for top spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on both. Tampa Bay is 5-1 at home so far this season and face a tough task against a Nashville side who is a perfect 5-0 on the road so far and has absolutely dominated this series of late with wins in 7 of their last 9. Tampa Bay is 23-6 in their last 29 Thursday games and is 42-17 in their last 59 home games and with the weapons they have at both ends of the rink they are a matchup nightmare for almost every team in the NHL.
Nashville is 7-1 in their last 8 Thursday games and 20-6 in their last 26 road games while Tampa is 19-7 in their last 26 against the Central and 26-12 in their last 38 against the West. The Preds have had their way in this series and we are very rarely going to find them as a dog this season so we best jump on them when we can.