Predators Add Home Preseason Game, Split Doubleheader vs. Panthers

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 01: Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predatorsis congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on January 01, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 01: Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predatorsis congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on January 01, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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The Nashville Predators announced on Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing in Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. with Friday’s contest set for 5 p.m.

Initially, the Lightning were set to host the Predators, but with Hurricane Ian closing in on southern Florida it presents a concern to play in Tampa.

According to the Predators press release Season Ticket Citizens may request four tickets to Thursday’s contest while additional tickets are $10.

Single game tickets for the contest against the Lightning are on sale for $15 for fans interested in some more preseason hockey before the Predators travel to Prague.

Doubleheader Vs. Panthers

The preseason kicked off last night for the Predators in a doubleheader against the Florida Panthers.

Game one was highlighted by a back-and-forth affair on offense. Sergei Bobrovsky started for the Panthers while Connor Ingram was in between the pipes for Nashville.

Eetu Luostarinen scored first on an in-between-the-legs deke, a silky smooth move, to net the opening goal of the game.

Seventh-round pick Juuso Parssinen scored the Predator’s first goal on Monday while playing on a line with Philip Tomasino.

Aleksander Barkov went on to score the game-winning goal in overtime with one second remaining. The officials briefly discussed if it was a good goal before concluding game one.

Goaltender Kevin Lankinen led the Predators out onto the ice for warmups to kick off game two of the back-to-back. His first unofficial start in a gold uniform.

Former Predator Nick Cousins played in his first game against the Predators since signing as a free agent with the Panthers. Tanner Jeannot was called for boarding his former teammate in the opening period.

Nashville shut out the Panthers in game two 4-0 with goals from Filip Forsberg, Cody Glass, Colton Sissons, and Jeannot.

Defenseman Mattias Ekholm played on his off-handed side with new addition Ryan McDonagh. Ekholm picked up two assists while adjusting to his new position.

Predators fans may see the shutdown pairing stick together for the regular season.

Lankinen was relieved of his debut after playing the first 30 minutes of action. Rookie goaltender Yaroslav Askarov made his unofficial debut in the net for the Predators in the second period.

Askarov made 12 saves to combine for a preseason shutout with Lankinen.

The 20-year-old Russian netminder faced forward Matthew Tkachuk, Colin White, and Sam Reinhart in his first appearance as a Predator.