After a loss in Minnesota, the Nashville Predators return to Bridgestone Arena to face the Wild. Will it be a warm welcome or longer losing streak?
Losing is never fun, and nothing helps to get over a loss than winning. For the second game of a home-and-home series, the Nashville Predators will host the Minnesota Wild in Bridgestone. Losing last night in Minnesota left a bad taste in the Predators’ mouth. A win tonight would help eliminate that aftertaste.
The win is more than just two points, however. It is more than a chance at retaining the top spot in the Central Division. Or keeping pace with the surprising Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights.
It means ending a three-game home losing streak.
Redemption is well within the grasps of the Nashville Predators. And the win would close out a great 2017 calendar year. To do so, they will need to rely on scorers other than Filip Forsberg.
The Predators’ top scoring threat this season, Forsberg left last night’s game with what is being called “a problem.” With a press conference coming later today and Frederick Gaudreau being recalled, it is likely Forsberg will miss significant time.
For victory tonight, the Predators will need to start fast and keep the pedal down for 60 minutes. In their last three home games, Nashville’s opponents scored first. And won. Last time out, the Carolina Hurricanes tallied four first-period goals. When the Predators are forced to play from behind, they struggle to find success.
When their opponents scored first, the Predators are 5-8-2. After a nine-game scoring streak, Kevin Fiala has gone three games without a point. Craig Smith has a lone goal in his last six games, his longest slump since the first ten games of the year.
With tonight’s game being the second in two nights, Juuse Saros will likely be in net. Additionally, line shifts will change with Forsberg out.
Kevin Fiala – Kyle Turris – Craig Smith
Alexei Emelin – P.K. Subban
Where to watch
Once again, the game from Bridgestone starts at 7 PM Central and will air on Fox Sports Tennessee and the Fox Sports Go app. You can also listen to the radio broadcast on 102.5 The Game in Nashville.