WHERE/WHEN: The Forum, Tampa/7:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Sun Sports/970 AM
INJURIES: Predators — G Pekka Rinne (hip), out; LW Filip Forsberg (upper body), doubtful; G Marek Mazanec (illness), probable; Lightning — D Brian Lee (knee), C Steven Stamkos (broken leg), D Keith Aulie (upper body), LW Ryan Malone (fractured ankle), out; C Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone), D Victor Hedman (lower body), probable.
NEED TO KNOW: This is the first of two meetings. ... The Lightning are 8-6-2 all-time against Nashville, including 3-2-2 at home. ... The Predators have won three consecutive meetings by a combined 16-10 margin. ... The Lightning are 12-3-1 at home, including 9-1-1 in the past 11. ... Tampa Bay is 7-3-2 against Western Conference opponents, but 0-3-2 in the past five. ... The Predators are 7-7-2 against Eastern Conference teams. ... Nashville has been outscored 70-51 at even strength. ... The Predators’ power play is 4-for-12 the past three games. ... Tampa Bay has scored two or fewer goals (not counting empty-net goals) in eight of the past 10 games. ... The Lightning power play is 6-for-67 in the past 22 games and 0-for-11 in the past four. ... Tampa Bay has allowed two or fewer goals (not counting empty-net goals) in 10 of the past 12 games. ... Tampa Bay reassigned D Matt Taormina and RW Dana Tyrell to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.