Despite Nashville not really being THAT far away, they're in the Western Conference so most Pens fans don't get to see them too much. So to help us out we enlisted Chris Burton from SB Nation blog On the Forecheck to give us a little about the Predators.
"They started off with a bang, with three straight wins and an elite-looking power play. Upon being asked what was working for the team after their 3rd straight win, Steve Sullivan said "everything's working". It was a pretty crazy first week, as Sullivan lead the NHL in goals for a short time and rookie backup goaltender Anders Lindback acquitted himself amazingly well in relief of Pekka Rinne. This was the team we anticipated coming into the year, but it was still surprising to see everything clicking like it did.
Then the Capitals came to town. Nashville, once again, came out with their hair on fire and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Then they stopped doing all the things that had made them successful - they couldn't score on the power play, couldn't win the little battles, and weren't moving their feet. They went on to lose the game 3-2, and proceeded to lose the next one to Calgary (in overtime) 1-0. During that stretch, they lost top center Matthew Lombardi to concussion, do-it-all pivot Marcel Goc to a separated shoulder, US Olympian Ryan Suter to a knee injury.
Anyway, that was a little long winded - the point is, tonight's game will be a big test of Nashville's resiliency. They're down key players, and facing one of the league's better teams. I'm guessing they do well, but you never can tell, can you?"
Thanks Chris! Be sure to check out OtF for more coverage, including Frank's take on the Penguins....After the jump the expected lines that the Predators will throw out there.
Dumont - Wilson - Erat
Hornqvist - O'Reilly - Sullivan
Ward - Legwand - Tootoo
Smithson - Spaling - Kostitsyn