The Nashville Predators will hit the road for the first time in the 2017 preseason as they jet off to Tampa Bay for a meeting with the Lightning this evening.
It'll be the first of two exhibition meetings between the two clubs this month - the Preds will host the Bolts to conclude the preseason on Sept. 30.
Nashville split their doubleheader with the Panthers on Tuesday, falling 5-3 in the first contest before Miikka Salomaki tallied twice, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 victory.
Thanks to his efforts on Tuesday, Salomaki is among those expected to see further opportunities as the preseason continues, including tonight. After missing what was almost the entirety of the 2016-17 season due to injury, Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette is looking for a resurgence from the Finnish winger and will give him ample chances to do so.
"He's strong, he's healthy right now, and I think that showed in the other game, so we're going to move him up the lineup even further," Laviolette said of Salomaki. "We'll give him more time and some power-play time and see what he can do. It's a really good chance for him to show what he could do, as well as young players that are trying to make a spot up here or trying to impress people with their game. Training camp is only so long, we have to get down to our team at some point, so these opportunities are limited."
Tampa Bay is 1-1-0 in two preseason games thus far, falling 2-1 to Carolina on Tuesday before defeating those same Hurricanes one night later, 4-3. The Lightning currently have 54 players on their roster after assigning three players on Thursday morning.
Preds in tonight's lineup include Salomaki, Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons, Yannick Weber and Juuse Saros. Click here for Nashville's full roster for tonight's game.
Take It In:
Tonight's 6:38 p.m. CT puck drop can be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network with Pete Weber and Hal Gill on the mic. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @PredsNHL, as well as with Thomas Willis @TomAWillis, who will be on the scene in Tampa Bay.
Fans within the Predators/FOX Sports Tennessee viewing area are able to watch online for free on NashvillePredators.com - a link will be provided closer to tonight's faceoff.