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Preview: Lightning at Predators

Brian Boyle game-time decision for Tampa Bay; Nashville aims to continue strong play at home

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

LIGHTNING (12-6-1) at PREDATORS (7-7-3)

8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SUN, FS-TN, NHL.TV


Lightning team scope

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle will be a game-time decision. Boyle missed a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday with an upper-body injury. The Lightning recalled forward Erik Condra from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Despite key injuries, the Lightning have won four straight and like the way they're trending. "I think we're finding different ways to win," goaltender Ben Bishop said. "Different guys are stepping up every night. They're not always the prettiest but we're finding different ways to win, and I think that's what good teams do. They find different ways to win when they're not necessarily at their best."


Predators team scope

The Nashville Predators will look to improve on a 5-1-1 record at Bridgestone Arena. They have won three consecutive home games while killing all 21 power-play attempts. The Predators are going to try and combat the speed of the Lightning by making smart decisions on where to dump pucks in the offensive zone. "I think it's important for us to put pucks in places where we can get them back offensively," defenseman Matt Irwin said. "If we can't carry it in, we put it behind their defense and make them turn, get some good bodies on their defense so they can jump up in the play and add to the offense. For us, play fast and move it up to our forwards just like I'm sure they want to do."


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point

Jonathan Drouin -- Valtteri Filppula -- Ryan Callahan

Brian Boyle -- Cedric Paquette -- J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman -- Nikita Nesterov

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Slater Koekkoek -- Braydon Coburn

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Erik Condra

Injured: Steven Stamkos (torn meniscus), Anton Stralman (upper body)


Predators projected lineup

Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- James Neal

Filip Forsberg -- Mike Ribeiro -- Craig Smith

Colin Wilson -- Mike Fisher -- Pontus Aberg

Colton Sissons -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Austin Watson

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis  

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Cody Bass, Matt Carle

Injured: Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)


Status report

Bishop was the first goaltender off of the ice for the Lightning at the morning skate and is expected to start. … Wilson skated after missing one game with an upper-body injury. … Rinne is expected to start for the Predators.


Who's hot

Kucherov has four goals and six points in his past four games and leads the Lightning with 22 points in 18 games. … Neal has seven goals in his past seven games and leads the Predators with eight.

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