Finally the season resumes! The Nashville Predators are certainly not out of the playoff hunt and with over 20 games to go and a five-point gap between Nashville and the final Wild card spot, the Predator faithful can have some optimism for the home stretch of the season.
Tonight is a really good situation for the Predators and can be a great start for a winning streak. They come back from a long break with a home game in front of a gold-out crowd and most of the team is well rested.
Only three Predators players were on Olympic assignment and Roman Josi and Simon Moser didn’t play long in Sochi.
Conversely, this is not a good situation for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team will not have superstar Steven Stamkos in the lineup tonight, and with reports that Martin St. Louis wants a trade, the locker room may have a little dysfunction coming back this season. Tampa Bay has a strong team, but this can be Nashville’s chance to build momentum for a playoff run.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. (CST) and you can catch all the action on Fox Sports Tennessee. If you are a college student and are inclined to go tonight’s game, show your ID at the door for discounted tickets and a free t-shirt.