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Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators Preview: Coming Unhinged

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Nashville is looking to gain any sort of momentum as they take on the Senators tonight.

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To say that the season has not started as most fans would have expected is an understatement. Nashville has struggled mightily and things are not looking good for the local hockey team.

The plus is that the season is still young, and there is plenty of time to turn things around before things fly completely of the rails. The Predators can get back on track tonight against a good Senators team.

The Ottawa Senators

Ottawa is off to a great start to the season as they currently sit third in the division, and have already racked up some impressive wins this year. They beat Montreal in the second game of the year and shut out the highly impressive Edmonton Oilers.

I still can’t tell if this team will be competitive in the long haul though. They definitely have some talent, but it’s all about putting it together late in the season. As of right now though, they are doing a pretty good job. They are led by Erik Karlsson who has 3G, 7A, 10P to the lead the team in scoring. Karlsson isn’t doing it alone though. Kyle Turris leads the team in goals scored with 5, and is second in points. The Senators are getting some good production from a lot of different players. Anytime you can get some scoring depth, it definitely helps your chances of doing well.

The Senators are also being led by Craig Anderson. Anderson is having one heck of a year so far. He has posted a 2.21 GAA and .930 SV%. Those are pretty great numbers for a goaltender who has been inconsistent his entire career. With Anderson, the Predators will have to try and shake him quick before he can get settled into his groove.

The Nashville Predators

The Predators have been quite the story so far this year. A team with such high expectations that have yet to deliver. They have only won three games so far and are second to last in the entire league in points. They let two points squander away against teams that they should have handled easily. No one really knows what the problem is, so we can only speculate.

I think the problem starts with offensive production. When you talk about scoring, you automatically think of the two thirty goal scorers from last year. Filip Forsberg and James Neal have a combined two goals between them (both of them scored by Neal). That has to be unacceptable. Last year, when this team needed scoring one or both of these guys stepped up and carried the load. This year, we have yet to see it.

On the plus side, Craig Smith and Matt Irwin have played phenomenally as of late. Smith leads the team in goals scored, and Irwin has a nice little point streak going for himself. Both of these guys have played extremely well and have been trying to carry this team over the last four games.

Ottawa is a good team, so a win tonight could be what the doctor ordered for the Predators. If they win, let’s hope it’s a turning point for the season.

Reasons To Watch

  • First and foremost, you have to watch cause of Craig Smith right now. He seems to be scoring when he wants, and that has been enjoyable to watch even if nothing else has.
  • I have mentioned in the last few preview that I though Forsberg would score in the game in which I did a preview for. I am not saying that for tonight. I think he will have a solid game with some great opportunities tonight. That’s really all I am looking for from him tonight.
  • Come on guys, did you honestly think we would forget about the Roman Josi embarrassment of Karlsson from last season? Here’s to hoping for that tonight!

Drink Of Choice For Game Time

I am going to leave this one open for discussion tonight. What should I dabble into tonight?

Sights And Sounds

You can catch the game on FS-TN and listen to it on 102.5 The Game. You can also stream it through the Fox Sports Go app. Puck drops at 7:00 pm CST.