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The Predators scored two in seven minutes in the first period and hold on to cap their first four game winning streak since before the All-Star Break, beating the Oilers 3-1
Powerplay – 1 for 3, 33%
Powerplay For The Season – 37 for 241, 15.4%
Penalty Kill – 2 for 3, 67%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 38 for 251, 84.9%
Best Play of the Game: Pekka Rinne’s save on Gilbert in the waning minutes of the third period yet again solidifes why this guy is a Vezina/Hart candidate.
Worst Play of the Game: Vandermeer trying to entire Hornqvist into a fight during the second period, little did he know that David Legwand was streaking behind him and would score Nashville’s third goal.
Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: David Legwand – Legwand has kicked it into his yearly “playoff” mode. He’s had 15 points in 13 games including 1g/1a/+2 tonight
The Bad: Ryan Jones – He’s not peeing in anyone’s sandbox tonight and Shea Weber made sure he understood the message by pasting him into the boards hard in the second period. Jones ended the night with 0 points and a -1
My Preds #1 Star: David Legwand – I agree with the media tonight on this one. Leggy is well deserving of this #1 star
Synopsis: Kind of one of those nights where you expect the Predators to go out and take care of business against a lesser team and that’s what they did tonight. Nashville got 2 in the first 7:40 in the game and kind of took their foot off the gas for the majority of the rest of it.
They really should have kept their foot on the gas for the entirety, but if they can learn to play a good solid prevent D after they get their 3rd goal (especially when the opponent hasn’t scored yet), then they can start closing out those wins a bit easier (which is food for thought next season as well).
Not too much else to say on this one, but we need to look ahead for Thursday. Showdown of the Western Conference THURSDAY NIGHT as the Predators take on the Ducks which is sure to be a barnburner. Game starts at 7pm CST and tickets are still available, but going fast!
Playoff Outlook: 88 points, Currently, 6th place/Tied for 5th – 3 point out of 4th, 7 points out of 2nd
Best of 19 Record: 7-2-2
March Record: 7-2-2
What SportsClubStats Says?: 99 points gets the Predators a guaranteed playoff spot. We’re 11 points out with 8 games remaining. Things are getting a bit more clearer
Thanks for reading!