Predators vs Lightning: How to live stream, game time, predictions, odds for Saturday’s NHL game

NHL Network will host Saturday’s game between the Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning with the puck drop at 7:07 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Bally Sports South will carry the local Predators broadcast and Bally Sports Florida will handle the local Lightning broadcast. This is a rematch of their February NHL Stadium Series game which the Lightning won 3-2 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Nashville (44-28-5) holds the top wildcard position in the Western Conference with five games remaining. The Predators have the toughest closing schedule of any NHL team, starting with the Lightning and following with the Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche before ending with the hapless Coyotes. arizona. Nashville is in a favorable location. The Predators are two points ahead of the Dallas Stars and four points over the Vegas Golden Knights and have a game in hand. A win would do nothing for the Predators, but it would reduce the magic number. Defenseman Roman Josi (20 G, 69 A) is one assist away from becoming the first defenseman with a 20-70 season since Ray Bourque did it for the Boston Bruins in 1993-94.

Tampa Bay (47-22-8) has already clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth for the eighth time in the past nine seasons. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions retain third place in the Atlantic Division, three points ahead of the Boston Bruins, with five games remaining. The Lightning won three of four, but their 8-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday was a much-needed breakout performance. Team captain Steven Stamkos is on a strong streak with 10 points (2 G, 8 A) over the last four games.

Lightning Predators

Start time: 7 p.m.
TV channel: NHL Network
Direct: ESPN+, NHL LIVE (Canada)

puck line:+1.5 (-180), -1.5 (+155)
Total: More than 6.5 (-105), Less than 6.5 (-115)
Moneyline Odds: Predators (+135), Lightning (-155)

Best bet: Lightning (-155)

The Lightning should be feeling good after their blowout win over the Maple Leafs. They showed perfect structure on both sides of the ice and had a ton of early scoring chances that eventually led to a flurry of goals. The Predators need points – a win would be great, but getting a point in an overtime/shootout loss is also okay. Nashville will look to take advantage of facing Lightning backup Brian Elliott tonight, but I expect Tampa Bay to continue to build on their defensive effort starting Thursday and win a tight one.

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