It’s the 2023-24 home-opener for the Nashville Predators, and it’s a clash with the Seattle Kraken that features two teams looking to avenge losses on Tuesday.
The Predators went toe-to-toe with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a mammoth road atmosphere in the Sunshine State, with the Predators being undone by penalties in the third period.
The Kraken took one on the chin to the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights. losing 4-1 while still managing to outshoot Vegas 33-28.
The question for the Nashville Predators is will they tinker with their lineup at all, or moveds forward with what they employed against the Lightning? The offense found it’s footing after a shaky first period, but you’re definitely looking for more even strength hockey and less time killing penalties.
Currently the Predators have no injuries listed for tonight’s game against the Kraken.
The Kraken have listed Brandon Tanev as Day-to-Day with an undisclosed upper body injury. Unclear if he’ll be available against the Predators.
Players to Watch
I’m looking for Filip Forsberg to finally finish on his scoring chances and get a goal. He did tally two assists against the Lightning in the 5-3 loss, while also leading the team in Expected Goals and registering six shots on goal.
Also have my eye on Roman Josi to have a bigger impact on the game after being held off the scoresheet against the Lightning and taking two minor penalties.
On the Kraken side, who else would we be most closely watching than Eeli Tolvanen? He scored a power play goal against the Predators last season after being placed on waivers and being wisely claimed by Seattle.
Date & Time for Seattle Kraken @ Nashville Predators
It’s a 7 P.M. local start time for the Nashville Predators as they welcome the amazing fans of Smashville back home to Bridgestone Arena for 2023-24.
The Predators are trying to recapture that reputations of being one of the toughest places for a road team to play at in the NHL. Last season the Predators had a 22-15-4 record at Bridgestone Arena, while the Kraken had an impressive road record of 26-11-4.
Unfortunately the Predators will forever have the achievement in NHL history of being the Kraken’s first win in their franchise history. A 4-3 win over the Predators on October 14, 2021 in Nashville.
How to Watch & Listen Kraken vs. Preds
If you’re in market then once again your best bet regionally is the Bally Sports regional networks. The Predators will be featured on Bally Sports South, while in the Kraken local market they’ll be on Root Sports Northwest.
You can listen locally to the Nashville Predators vs. Seattle Kraken on the official flagship station 102.5 The Game.
There’re also a new way to watch Predators games this season. fuboTV has live NHL games on ESPN which you can stream from your phone, television, and all your favorite devices. No cable is required.
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Out of market Predators games are also available through ESPN+ as part of their Power Play package.
Reddit can sometimes have streams of live NHL games but make sure they are legal. The official NHL Subreddit is located at https://www.reddit.com/r/nhl/.
Betting Odds for Kraken vs. Preds
According to FanDuel, the Nashville Predators enter this matchup with the Kraken as slight favorites. You can take the favored Predators with a -1.5 goal spread or a Money line bet of -114.
Very close to being a toss-up between the Predators and Kraken. The Over/Under goal total for this game is set at 6.5 goals.
For futures bets regarding the Predators, currently FanDuel has the Predators with the +2000 odds to win the Central Division, tied with the St. Louis Blues and lower odds than the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets.