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Nashville Predators @ Ottawa Senators Preview: To The Great White North

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The Nashville Predators wrap up their three-game road trip in Ottawa tonight as they take on the Senators.

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The Predators look to end their road trip with a win tonight as they visit the Senators. Both of these teams are coming off a loss on Thursday night, and are looking to rebound in a big way.

This game has quite a bit to look forward to. You have two young, talented players in Filip Forsberg and Mark Stone. You have a trio of potential Norris Candidates in Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber, and Roman Josi. And lastly, you have a decent goaltending matchup with Pekka Rinne and Craig Anderson.

This game, on paper, should be pretty exciting from the get go. Let's hope it doesn't disappoint.

The Ottawa Senators

The Senators have started the season with an average start so far. They are 3-2-0 and are coming off of being shutout in Pittsburgh. This team has a good amount of talent that has the ability to score in bunches.

Tonight's Opponent

Ottawa has four guys who are averaging a point or more per game so far this season (Yes I know they have only played five games, but still). Erik Karlsson has been leading the pack with 7 points on the season so far. What makes this team have the potential to be scary is the fact that they are getting production from their young guns. Guys like Kyle Turris, Mark Stone, and Mika Zibanejad are really coming on strong this season, and it could lead to a good run for the Senators this year.

The Senators are already scoring in bunches this season, as they are ranked second in the league with the most amount of goals scored. What's holding them back is the fact that they are ranked 23rd in the league with 13 goals allowed so far this season.

Craig Anderson is typically a solid goalie, but his numbers don't show it this year. Part of the reason is probably because Ottawa is giving up 36 shots a game on average. I don't care who you are, anytime you are facing upwards of 30 shots a game, you are going to be in for a long night.

The Nashville Predators

The Predators had a hot start to the season that was cooled off with a visit to Brooklyn on Thursday night. Nashville has started the season to the same tune as last year. They look like they are in midseason form as far as defense and goaltending goes. Let's just hope they don't take the same path as last year.

Who else but Filip Forsberg has been leading the charge for the Preds this season. He leads are Nashville players with 2G, 2A. Another bright spot for the Preds is that all but five Predators' players have tallied a point so far. That is the type of balanced scoring that good teams get throughout the season on a consistent basis.

Viktor Arvidsson and Austin Watson have the looks of being solid point producers for Nashville this season. Arvidsson seems to just know what to do and where to be when he is on the ice. If these guys can be consistent, it will help Nashville get some much needed scoring depth on the bottom lines.

Reasons To Watch

  • Considering both teams are coming off a loss, I would expect a pretty fast paced start to this one
  • Any time Filip Forsberg is on the ice, it makes it exciting to watch. That's a good feeling to have for a Nashville fan
  • As I mentioned before, the trio of potential Norris candidates. I would expect to see some solid hockey being played on the back end.

Drink Of Choice For Game Time

It only seems fitting that since this game is in Canada, that we enjoy it with some Canadian locale. You could go with Canadian Club or Crown Royale. Or you could go with a chilled Molson or Labatt Blue. So pick your poison people and enjoy!

Sights And Sounds

The game will be on FS-TN locally and you can hear it on 102.5 on radio. We get another early start with puck drop being at 6:00 pm CST.