Smashville is set to host the NHL’s latest outdoor game Saturday at Nissan Stadium when the Predators host the Lightning. It will be the second outdoor game this season and the 34th since 2000.
Earlier this season, the Wild hosted the Blues at Target Field in the coldest outdoor game in history. No such records will be set Saturday, with a forecast of 44 degrees in Nashville.
The Predators have struggled since the holidays and don’t come close to matching the Lightning’s star power. Nashville typically has an edge in goal with Juuse Saros, but the Lightning will have Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes on Saturday. Both goaltenders are among the league’s best, but with two Stanley Cup rings and a Vezina Trophy, the edge goes to Vasilevskiy. The Lightning have an edge on defense as well, ranking in the top 10 of Evolving Hockey’s expected goals model. The Predators rank 21st in that category.