The 2022 NHL Stadium Series is here, and it’s time to get things out.
The Nashville Predators are looking to cap off a special week with two extra points in Tennessee’s first NHL outdoor game in history at Nissan Stadium tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the first of two meetings between Nashville and Tampa Bay this season; they will play again on April 23 at AMALIE Arena.
After winning a 2-1 shootout thriller against Dallas on Pekka Rinne’s jersey retirement night, the Preds are now on a two-game streak and look to build on that momentum in tonight’s game – a contest which makes a little more sense than the average regular season game.
The anticipation is high, but the Preds are up for the challenge as a monumental week draws to a close.
“We all knew this was going to be a big week for us…and there’s a lot going on outside of the game,” Preds said. Mikael Granlund noted. “There’s a lot of friends and family and all kinds of things. So for everyone it’s really good. You appreciate it, try to take as much as you can because that kind of games don’t happen often. It’s something that you have to really appreciate, but at the same time when it’s time to play, we have to go out there and play and try to get those two points. If we can make it in so that happens tomorrow night, it’s ‘gonna be a really good week.’
“Those are memories of a lifetime, and we’re all lucky to be in the National Hockey League and not everyone gets to play those games – but, at the same time, we know as clearly there are certain times that we need to focus on,” Hynes said. “It’s just about understanding that there are times when you can enjoy it, but it’s also about performance for all of us and making sure our preparation times are good. When it comes time to perform, it’s not about nostalgia. The game we have to coach and play to win.”
The Preds have recalled the defender Matt Tenson of Milwaukee (AHL) on Friday and placed ahead Nick Cousins on Wounded Reserve (lower body). Defender Mark Borowiecki missed the last two games and is day to day with a lower body injury.
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The good ones :
Philippe Tomasino was the only Predator to score in regulation Thursday night against the Stars. Mikael Granlund capped off the historic night with the game-winning goal in the shootout, and Juuse Saros stopped all four skaters he faced. The Predators went 7-4 in overtime/shootout this season (5-2 in overtime; 2-2 in shootout).
Captain Preds Romain Josi (14g-39a) continues to lead the Preds in points with 53, closely followed by Matt Duchene (23g-23a) with 46 and Philippe Forsberg (26g-18a) with 44 points. Granlund (8g-32a) has 40 points, Ryan Johansen (13g-23a) has 36 points, and rookie feeling Tanner Jeannot (17g-14a) has 31 points. Saros is now 25-15-3 in goal with a .924 save percentage.
Tampa Bay has won four of its last five games, including a 5-3 win over the Oilers on Wednesday night. Steven Stamkos (24g-32a) leads the Lightning in points with 56, followed by Victor Hedman (11g-39a) with 50 points and Alex Killorn (16g-28a) with 44 points. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is 27-8-4 in goal.
The Predators are 18-14-(2)-4 all-time against the Lightning, including a 10-7-(0)-3 record at home. The Predators are 2-3-0 in their last five games against the Lightning; they are 3-6-1 in their last 10; and 1-3-1 in their last five home games.
Notable against Tampa Bay:
Colton Sissons scored his first career regular season hat trick on January 5, 2017 against Tampa Bay and became the first player in NHL history to score at least three goals in a game, his second being an empty net and his third being scored on a goalie.
Ryan Johansen has 14 points (2g-12a) in his last 14 games against Tampa Bay, a streak that included a six-game point streak from Jan. 5, 2017, through October. Feb. 26, 2019. Roman Josi has 17 points (4g-13a) in 20 career games against the Lightning, including eight points (2g-6a) in his last eight games.
Matt Duchene has 20 points (10g-10a) in 23 career games against Tampa Bay; including the playoffs, he averaged one point per game against the Lightning, posting 27 points (13g-14a) in 27 games.
Alexander Carrier (March 3, 2021) and Tanner Jeannot (April 13, 2021) both scored their first career NHL goals against Tampa Bay.
Preds Outdoor Hockey History:
A total of 11 current Nashville skaters have appeared in at least one outdoor NHL game: Matt Duchene (1g-1y-2pts in 3gp), Mikael Granlund (2gp), Philip Myers (2pg), Roman Josi (2a in 1gp), Dante Fabbro (1g-0y-1pt in 1gp), Filip Forsberg (1y-1pt in 1gp), Nick Cousins (1gp), Mattias Ekholm (1gp) and Ryan Johansen (1gp). Guardian of Predators david rittich made 43 saves for the Flames in the 2019 NHL Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium – the most by a goaltender in NHL outdoor history.
Matt Duchene (1g-1y-2pts) and Roman Josi (2y) counted both Predators goals in the 2020 NHL Winter Classic, which came in the opening 7:36 of the first period . The only players to score each of a franchise’s first three all-time goals in an outdoor NHL game are Steve Staios with Edmonton (HC 2003) and Martin Havlat with Chicago (WC 2009).
Dante Fabbro represented Canada in the first outdoor game in World Junior Championship history, in front of 44,592 fans at New Era Field in Orchard Park, NY on December 29, 2017. He also skated away with the Boston University Terriers in a 5-3 win over the UMass Minutemen at Frozen Fenway 2017.
Mikael Granlund, who played four seasons in the Finnish Elite League before reaching the NHL, skated outdoors with HIFK during Talviklassikko 2011 at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland. Granlund opened the scoring 23 seconds into the first half and earned a second goal to guide HIFK past Jokerit.
Filip Forsberg played 10 regular season games with Leksands IF in 2010-11, including their away game against Mora IK at Villa Långbers Arena in Leksand, Sweden on February 26, 2011.
John Hynes was the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Penguins earned a 2-1 overtime win over the Hershey Bears.
Watch and listen:
The 2022 NHL Stadium Series is scheduled to debut at 6:30 p.m. CT on TNT in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada. Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. For nationwide broadcast information and channel locations, click here.