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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00 BRT, December 3, 2019
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee  Attendance: 17,163

Lightning, Predators look to get back on winning track

Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators

  1. The Predators have won the last four meetings in the series and six of the last seven; Tampa Bay's lone win in the last seven games versus Nashville came on January 23, 2018, 4-3 in overtime. Since the start of the 2009-10 campaign, Tampa Bay has won only three times in 16 tries against Nashville (3-10-3).
  2. The Lightning have been on a roller coaster for nearly a month: three straight wins from November 8-14, regulation losses on November 16 and 19, three more wins from November 21-25, then three consecutive one-goal defeats (0-2-1). TB has power-play goals in six straight games, going 8-for-25.
  3. On Saturday, Nashville was shut out for the first time this season, 3-0 at Florida. Dating back to last March, Nashville had gone 31 consecutive games without being blanked. The defeat snapped a four-game point streak for the Preds (2-0-2); the club finished November with only four victories (4-7-2).
  4. After putting in five goals in his first 10 games on 2019-20, Steven Stamkos has managed only two goals in his last 11 contests. Stamkos has gone eight straight road games without lighting the lamp, tied for the second-longest single-season drought of his career (12 games in his rookie season, 2008-09).
  5. Roman Josi ranks fourth among NHL defensemen with 24 points; he has seven goals, including six at home. Teammate Ryan Ellis has 16 even-strength points, tied for third among blueliners -- and tops among Western Conference defensemen.
  6. Nashville is allowing 0.60 more goals per game than a season ago, going from 2.59 in 2018-19 to 3.19 this year. Tampa Bay's year-over-year defensive decline is the fourth largest in the league, an increase of 0.59 goals allowed per game -- from 2.70 to 3.29.

The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

The Predators had been streaking, picking up points in four straight games (3-0-1) before being shut out by goalie Chris Driedger and the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Saturday.

Driedger made 27 saves against the Predators in his season debut. Nashville was playing the second of its first set of back-to-back games this season.

"It's a statement for us that we've been playing good hockey, but we're not there yet," Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "This is a good example of it. We can't take a night off. We can't take a step back. It's a good wake-up call, I guess you could say, that we have to bring our 'A' game every night to be successful in this league."

Juuse Saros made 25 saves for Nashville, but the Predators went 0-for-4 on the power play -- extending Nashville to 0-for-16 with the man advantage over its past five games.

"Tonight, for me, we were flat," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "You gotta play at a higher tempo and a higher level in order to be successful. If you don't, you roll the dice and it didn't go our way."

Predators center Kyle Turris, whose salary is $6 million this season, was a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game.

Acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Avalanche and Senators in November of 2017, Turris has four goals and five assists in 19 games after totaling 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 55 games last season.

"I am very confident that Kyle's going to get a chance to play," general manager David Poile told the Tennessean. "Hopefully, he's in a position to take advantage of it, and we turn the page on that."

The Lightning, meanwhile, are winless in their past three games (0-2-1) for the first time since March 24-29 of last season. They have lost each game by one goal while allowing 11 goals.

"You just can't keep giving up that number of goals, and we are," coach Jon Cooper said. "It's costing us, even a team that can score goals, so we have to limit that extra goal."

On Saturday, Tampa Bay fell behind the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 in the first period. The Lightning scored twice in the first 8:25 of the third period but were unable to get the equalizer.

"There are a lot of details we can be better at and we need to be better at," Lightning forward Yanni Gourde said. "It is frustrating? Yes, but these are things that we can fix. We have to keep battling hard."

Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, and Curtis McElhinney made 21 saves.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had eight shots on goal and several good scoring chances in his second game back after missing three games because of a lower-body injury.

"I should've had probably two or three (goals) tonight, so I've got to put on that myself," he said. "I had too many Grade-A (chances) not to score. We had enough chances to win the game."

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov had an assist, giving him 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a five-game point streak.

Forward Alex Killorn missed the game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. He had played in all 23 games leading up to Saturday's loss and totaled 11 points in his past 10 games.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 2, 2019

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