In our last meeting with the Predators, the boys in blue were able to make short work of the Preds, shutting them down 5-1.
So far in our meetings with Nashville, star defensive prospect Seth Jones has been almost a non-issue. Some feared that he would be a force to reckon with on the ice, while some faulted the Lightning organization for skipping over him in this year’s draft in order to acquire Jonathan Drouin.
Thus far, that decision has paid off for the Lightning. It was Drouin going high during the shootout against the Florida Panthers that allowed the Lightning to remain undefeated thus far in the preseason.
As I have said before, the Lightning have been much more aggressive than in the past. Everyone on the ice, including the ones you wouldn’t expect, has been taking the other team to the boards with overwhelming success.
If the Lightning are going to remain ahead of the game, they are going to have to keep the pressure on. The Predators are not going to take their first loss against us lightly. Heading back into their house will provide them with added inspiration to put us down quickly.
Another thing to take into consideration is possible change in goal for the Predators. The last time we faced off with the Predators, we did not have to face down goaltender Pekka Rinne.
Last season, Rinne had a Save Percentage of .910 and a Goals Allowed Average of 2.43.
Rinna just recently returned from a hip injury. In fact his first game this preseason went down on Sunday as Rinne backstopped the Preds to a 2-0 win over the New York Islanders in the Predators preseason home opener.
This is the first win for the Predators during the preseason.
You can bet that the Predators will be looking to keep momentum going as the Lightning roll into town tonight.
Do you think that the Lightning have what it takes to overcome the Predators in their house and keep our undefeated streak alive? Who do you think will be the standout for the Lightning? Sound off in the comments below and let your voice be heard.