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Turris expected back in Nashville lineup; Killorn game-time decision for Tampa Bay

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (12-9-3) at PREDATORS (12-10-4)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Kyle Turris is expected to return to the lineup for the Nashville Predators when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The center, a healthy scratch for the past seven games, skated on a line with forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Mikael Granlund in practice Monday for the Predators, 3-1-1 in their past five games after a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

Alex Killorn will be a game-time decision for the Lightning, coach Jon Cooper said. The forward, who missed a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday because of a lower-body injury, participated in the morning skate.

The Lightning are 0-2-1 in their past three games and are 3-4-1 in their past eight.

 

Players to watch

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in a five-game point streak.

Jarnkrok has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past six games.

 

They said it

"The one thing is, because of injury, he missed all of training camp, and I just don't think you can make that up in the first couple games of the year. It takes you a little bit to get going. You'd have to say maybe his first 10 to 12 games was his training camp. Now he's coming into his own, and it's a good thing for us." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper on center Brayden Point

"We've got a lot of good players inside of our organization. Any time you have more than 20 players here, there has to be a decision made in the lineup and that is based on your opponent, position, makeup of a player. And we're fortunate. We've got a lot of good players and sometime these decisions are tough." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on why Kyle Turris has been a healthy scratch for seven consecutive games

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos

Tyler Johnson -- Mathieu Joseph -- Carter Verhaeghe

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Jan Rutta, Cory Conacher

Injured: Braydon Coburn (lower body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Matt Duchene

Calle Jarnkrok -- Kyle Turris -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Austin Watson -- Colton Sissons -- Mathieu Olivier

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Daniel Carr, Yannick Weber

Injured: Viktor Arvidsson (lower body)

 

Status report

The Lightning recalled Conacher, a center, from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. … The Predators held an optional morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Vasilevskiy is 0-3-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .854 save percentage in five games against Nashville. … Point has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past six games. … Turris has 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 30 games against Tampa Bay.

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