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Friday, November 21st (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (9-8-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5-7-6), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Nashville has won three straight on the road, but hasn't won in Tampa Bay in almost nine years. The Predators get a chance tonight to end that trend, as they visit the Lightning and St. Pete Times Forum.

The Predators have lost their last three versus the Lightning after last season's 2-1 overtime setback at home. However, Nashville hasn't posted a victory in Tampa since March 24, 1999, the franchise's first-ever visit to St. Pete Times Forum.

Nashville has gone 0-2 with a pair of ties in four road meetings since. It also hasn't recorded a victory of any kind against Tampa Bay since a 3-2 home victory on January 25, 2003.

The Predators went 3-3-0 on a recent six-game road trip -- winning the last three games of the swing -- but lost 4-1 against the San Jose Sharks in their return to home on Monday.

Dan Ellis allowed four goals on 32 shots faced, while David Legwand's short- handed tally at the 9:27 mark of the third period ended the Sharks' shutout bid.

Nashville, 4-6-1 on the road this season, will also play its first game since watching captain Jason Arnott leave Monday's game on a stretcher after he lost his balance and slammed hard into the net late in the first period.

Arnott was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for precautionary reasons and released prior to the completion of the contest. He is day-to-day due to a strained neck.

The Lightning began a four-game homestand on Tuesday and suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to Florida. The contest was also the second under interim head coach Rick Tocchet, with both of those games ending in shootout setbacks.

Tampa Bay lost its fifth straight despite unloading a franchise-record 52 shots on the goal. That beat the previous mark by one, set on January 17, 2004.

The club did show some fire on Tuesday after rallying from three goals down. Radim Vrbata got the Lightning on the board, while Steve Eminger and Evgeny Artyukhin netted third-period goals to force the extra time.

Mike Smith finished with 33 saves for Tampa Bay.

The Lightning are 2-3-4 at home this year and will also receive visits from New Jersey and the New York Rangers on this residency.

11/21 10:47:27 ET

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