Johansens goal, assist help Predators beat Lightning 3-2

Johansen\s goal, assist help Predators beat Lightning 3-2
Tampa Bay vs. Nashville Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 11-19-2018
NASHVILLE — Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist to help the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Kyle Turris and Filip Forsberg also scored, defenseman Mattias Ekholm had two assists and Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for the Predators (15-5-1). Rinne is 9-0-1 against the Lightning in his NHL career.

One of the biggest surprises of the season has been the Buffalo Sabres, who are near the top of the NHL standings after picking defenseman Rasmus Dahlin No. 1 overall in Junes NHL Draft. Theyre hanging close with the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning, who are both dealing with injury concerns.

“I think for a fan, tonights game was awesome,” Johansen said. “They got to see two of the top teams in the League right now going toe-to-toe. We did a lot of good things, they did good things and ultimately we found a way to get the win done. Thats definitely a good accomplishment beating those guys twice in a year.”

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Brayden Point had his third straight multipoint game with two assists for the Lightning (14-6-1). Louis Domingue made 31 saves.

The Blues topped the Golden Knights last week, but they lost their other two games by getting shut out in both. They have played a little bit better hockey since a dreadful start, but that hasnt gotten them out of the NHLs basement.

Lightning forward Alex Killorn had a goal taken away when he was penalized for tripping Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis at 18:03 of the second period. 

“It was two different games,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “They dictated the pace in the first half, we dictated in the second half. We both scored three, one was called back. That was ultimately the difference in the game.”

On top of a coaching change, the Kings aimed for more of a shakeup last week when they traded Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Carl Hagelin. The Kings likely need more than just that to turn things around.

Victor Hedman gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 5:10 of the first period on a slap shot off the rush. It was Hedmans fourth goal of the season and his 371st career point, tying former forward Vinny Prospal for fifth on the Lightnings all-time scoring list.

A win over the Blues snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Blackhawks, and they won again after losing to the Kings in a shootout. Chicago has points in each of its past four games.

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Turris tied it 1-1 on the power play at 15:19 of the first period when he received a pass from Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok and beat Domingue from the right face-off circle for his fifth goal.

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“We have 82 games during the year and some of them wont be as special, but as soon as theres one of those games where its 1 versus 2 and were playing a really good opponent, I feel like everyone is bringing their A game,” Ekholm said. “We really played a good game. We really played hard.”

Stamkos has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Jarnkrok had his first NHL hat trick Saturday. … Point has five goals in his past two games, tying Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone and Rob Zamuner for the most goals in consecutive games in team history. The Lightning record for most goals in three consecutive games is six, set by Stamkos (Dec. 27-31, 2011) and Chris Kontos (Oct. 7-11, 1992).

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Forsberg gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 6:43 of the second period on a wrist shot from the left circle. He took a drop pass from Ekholm on the rush and scored his 13th goal.

“We want to bounce back. Last time we played them, I thought we played really well. Their goaltender played extremely well and they had the better of us at home, so were looking to come in here and finish off this road trip.” — Lightning forward Steven Stamkos on playing against the Predators

“In the first 15 minutes of the second period, I think we were playing really, really good hockey against a really good team,” Forsberg said. “We couldve scored a couple more goals. They had a couple of great saves there. I think thats how weve got to play.”

Stralman participated in the morning skate but will not play. … Fiala was on the fourth line at the morning skate after taking three combined shifts in the second and third periods in a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Video: [email protected]: Forsberg roofs a wicked wrist shot Johansen made it 3-1 at 10:16 of the second period when he redirected forward Craig Smiths shot past Domingue for his fourth of the season.

“Its fun playing teams like this. They have a real solid lineup front to back, a tremendous amount of skill and speed. So it will certainly be a challenge, but were up for it.” — Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis

“Its good to get rewarded obviously, especially in a game like tonight to contribute and help the team win,” Johansen said. “I thought we did a lot of good things versus [the Los Angeles Kings in a 5-3 win on Saturday] and didnt get rewarded, so it was nice to be on that side tonight.”

The top two teams in the NHL standings will play when the Nashville Predators host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning to make it 3-2 at 3:25 of the third period on a forehand-to-backhand shot. Point led the rush through the neutral zone and found Kucherov for his eighth goal.

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is 8-0-1 in nine games against the Lightning, including a 4-1 win at Amalie Arena on Nov. 1.

“Your goaltender has to give you a chance to win, and thats what he did. Were pressing there, they get the breakaway and he stopped it. He gave us the chance. I mean, I didnt even see Forsbergs [goal]. That thing was in and out. I dont know too many people who are stopping that one.” — Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goaltender Louis Domingue

Injured: Andrei Vasilevskiy (foot), Ondrej Palat (lower body), Anton Stralman (upper body), Cedric Paquette (undisclosed)

“Hes a horse. Hes a big reason our [defense corps] is talked about around the League and recognized a lot. Sometimes he goes a little under the radar with some of our other big names, but hes a huge part of our team for sure.” — Predators forward Ryan Johansen on defenseman Mattias Ekholm

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to close out their road trip with a victory this evening as they take on the Nashville Predators for the final time this season. By defeating the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, the Lightning improved their record to 14-5-1 on the season, putting them in a tie for first with those same Predators.

Lightning defenseman Erik Cernaks assist on Hedmans goal was his first NHL point; Ryan McDonagh got his 200th career assist. … Lightning forward Cedric Paquette missed the game with an undisclosed injury. … The Predators won 40 of 54 face-offs. … Predators defenseman Roman Josi has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will travel to Bridgestone Arena on Monday night for a marquee matchup against the Nashville Predators.

This game features a matchup of the top two teams in their respective conferences. The Predators and Lightning both own an identical 14-5-1 overall record through 20 games, giving them 29 points so far this season. Lightning surviving without Vasilevskiy The Lightning won their second straight road game on Saturday, emerging with a 6-5 victory despite coughing up a four-goal lead against the Philadelphia Flyers. Anthony Cirelli saved the day for Tampa Bay, scoring the game-winning goal 1:47 into the overtime period to help the Lightning avoid a disappointing defeat. Louis Domingue stopped 40 of 45 shots on the night, continuing his stellar play in light of Andrei Vasilevskiys recent injury. The Lightning starting goaltender is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured foot, leaving Domingue to shoulder the load until he returns. Domingue comes in with a 5-2-0 overall record to go along with a 3.58 GAA to go along with an .889 save percentage so far this year.

Tampa Bay is scoring an NHL-best 3.65 goals per game, while converting on 29.7 percent of their power play opportunities (4th in the NHL). The Lightning rank 12th in the league in goals against, allowing 2.90 goals per game. They have also performed well on the penalty kill, where they have staved off 82.7 percent of their penalties this year (6th in the NHL). Predators need to improve on special teams Nashville concluded their five-game road swing by dropping their final three games against the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and Arizona Coyotes. The Predators snapped their three-game slide upon returning home, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Saturday night. Trailing 3-2 after two periods, the Predators riled off three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to earn their NHL-leading 29th point through 20 games this season. Calle Jarnkrok recorded his first career hat trick, while Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino also scored for Nashville in the win. Pekka Rinne stopped 25 of 28 shots on the night to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

Rinne is expected to be back between the pipes for the Predators on Monday night. He comes in with a 7-2-1 overall record to go along with a 1.67 GAA and a .943 save percentage through his first 11 starts this season. He has already made one start against the Lightning this season, when he stopped 42 of 43 shots in a 4-1 win on Nov. 1.

Nashville ranks sixth in the NHL in goals per game a 3.35 per contest and they rank first in the league in goals against at just 2.30 per game. Despite owning the most points in the NHL, the Predators still have plenty of room for improvement on special teams. They rank last in the NHL in power play percentage, converting on just 12.8 percent of their opportunities with the man advantage. Nashville also ranks 18th in the league in penalty kill percentage, fending off just 79.7 percent of their penalties so far this year. Notable Trends Nashville

Nashville has dominated this series as of late. The Lightning have won just two of their last 10 meetings against the Predators and just once in their last seven trips to Nashville. Tampa Bay is playing without their starting goaltender and Domingue hasnt exactly been playing well as of late. Hes allowed 12 goals over his last three games combined, but has been fortunate enough to come away with a 2-1-0 record during that span. Look for his good luck to stop here and take the Predators to come out on top in this game between the top two teams in the NHL on Monday night.

The Lightning have gone under the projected total in just 11 of their lasst 38 road games and the over is 5-1-1 in their last seven contests. With Domingue in between the pipes for the Lightning, you have to like this games chances of going over the total here. These two teams rank No. 1 and No. 6 in the NHL in goals per game, so take the over in this battle at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night.