The preseason schedule continues tonight in Tampa Bay as the Nashville Predators begin a home-and-home set with the Lightning.
It's the third of six preseason contests for the Predators, and they'll try for their third victory after a sweep of their doubleheader over the Florida Panthers on Monday.
With 53 players still remaining on the Nashville roster, tonight's lineup at Amalie Arena will have a mix of veterans and prospects as Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff continue to evaluate their personnel.
Laviolette remarked after Monday's doubleheader he doesn't need to see a player score a goal in order to make an impression. The bench boss is also looking for skaters to show attributes like speed and attitude, two hallmarks of a Laviolette team.
"The physicality of the game, the 1-on-1 battles, hockey sense - there's lots of areas where you can make an impact," Laviolette said. "It doesn't necessarily have to be on the scoresheet."
A full roster for tonight's matchup with the Lightning may be seen here.
Last Time Out:
The Predators swept their preseason doubleheader with the Panthers by 6-3 and 1-0 finals on Monday at Bridgestone Arena. Nick Bonino scored twice in the first contest; Rem Pitlick, Austin Watson, Tanner Jeannot and Philip Tomasino - who has since been assigned to his junior team - also tallied in the opener. Laurent Dauphin added the lone goal for the Preds in the night cap.
In addition to Tomasino's assignment to Niagara, the Preds also assigned forward Egor Afanasyev to Windsor of the OHL on Tuesday.
The Lightning haven't scored a goal through two games in the preseason; they've been shut out twice by Carolina, 2-0 and 3-0, the most recent of which came on Wednesday. Like the Preds, the Lightning have also yet to make a significant roster cut, and they still have 56 players in camp.
Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game begins at 6 p.m. CT and will be streamed locally (within the Predators television viewing area) on NashvillePredators.com. It may also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network with Pete Weber and Hal Gill on the call - with the pregame show beginning at 5 p.m. CT.