NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-24-13 Lightning at Predators

Offense stifled in Lightning's first defeat of the preseason.

TB-1
NSH-2

Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:48 NSH Moser, (Clune)

Third Period
14:47 NSH Klein, (unassisted)
19:14 TB Stamkos, (Drouin, Brown)

Nashville's an outstanding defensive team, and they absolutely shut down the Lightning tonight. You can't beat a goaltender as good as Pekka Rinne when you're not putting any pressure on him for full periods. I dare say the team missed the presence of the Palat/Johnson/Panik line's energy tonight.

The big development from a roster standpoint was Jonathan Drouin getting a bump to 15:50 of ice time with higher quality linemates, as the audition moves forward into a very key juncture of the preseason. There was also key audition minutes for Mark Barberio (21:47) and Andrej Sustr (24:18) as they try to lock up a spot on the team. My opinion remains the same, Sustr will have to lap Barberio and Aulie to make the team given Barberio and Aulie's waiver eligibility. So, it's a tough road for the big offensive d-man. The ice time tells you the Lightning are giving it a long look, though.

Box score from Tampabaylightning.com.