Nashville Predators: Storm brewing as NHL’s top two teams collide

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The Nashville Predators host the Tampa Bay Lightning as the league’s best two teams meet at Bridgestone.

Thanksgiving Week is upon us. It is a week we celebrate the good things in our lives. The people who support us, food on the table, and a roof over our heads. It is also a week of great sporting events. As always, we will see the Detriot Lions play the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day. Then it is college football’s rivalry week (GO DAWGS!). But, it all kicks off with the Nashville Predators tonight.

It is not just any game, either. It is a battle of the NHL’s top two teams in the standings. The best of the East visits the home of the best of the West. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the midst of a four-game road trip, ending tonight against the Predators. They are 2-1 on the current trip, with wins against Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in overtime, with a loss in Buffalo to start the trip. Each of the three games were settled by a single goal.

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Nashville bounced back from three consecutive losses to defeat the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. With Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban out due to injury, the Predators shuffled lines around yet again. Offensively, it worked. They held a significant advantage in shot-sharing metrics, with a CorsiFor of 63.1% during 5v5. Nashville also gained 10 high-danger chances.

Top line production

The Predators top line finally looked potent again as Craig Smith filled in for Arvidsson. Together with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen, the trio created half to the team’s high-danger chances while only allowing one to the Kings. They did not score a goal but Forsberg had a few misfires right at the net. With the amount of pressure generated by the top line, the Predators looked like one of the best teams in the NHL again.

Calle Jarnkrok was the story of the game as he tallied a hat-trick with goals on the power play, at even strength, and short-handed. All three were top-shelf blasts from outside the danger zone. Kyle Turris also added a power-play goal as well.

Yes, the Predators scored two power-play goals on Saturday night.

Speaking of the danger zone, the Predators allowed three goals at the net to the Kings. For the game, the Kings had 10 HDCF, converting on three chances. This will not work against the Lightning.

The Predators cannot make silly penalties. Well, any penalties honestly. The Lightning have scored the most goals during the power play than any other team on the season.

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Where to watch

Tonight’s matchup comes from Bridgestone Arena with puck drop just after 7:00 P.M. Central. Fox Sports Tennessee will broadcast the action with pregame at 6:30 P.M. You can also stream the action on the Fox Sport Go App or listen to Pete Weber and Hal Gill call the game on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network.