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Predators close in on their 6th playoff berth, beat Thrashers 6-3


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Another night, another 2 huge points. The Nashville Predators came in and took care of business, for the most part, against the struggling Atlanta Thrashers by knocking them off 6-3 in front of 16,756 raucous fans in Bridgestone Arena

Special Teams:

Powerplay – 1 for 4, 25%
Powerplay For The Season – 41 for 260, 15.8%

Penalty Kill – 2 for 2, 100%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 41 for 266, 84.6%

Best Play of the Game: Matt Halischuk’s goal a little over 5 minutes into the game on Chris Mason. Halischuk got a nice floating assist from Jordin Tootoo and backhanded the floater, blindly, in between Mason’s 5-hole and into the back of the net

Worst Play of the Game: Nothing really catches my mind as what would have been the “worst” play of the game…BUT we’ll say the defensive effort in the 3rd period was the worst “play” of the game. 3 goals? The Nashville Predators have to work on their third period issues

Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: Jordin Tootoo – 2 goals, 1 assist, +3. Heck of a night from the Predators resident agitator. However, his play on the ice shows what he brings to this team. He, by himself, drew a 2 minute penalty AND a 10 minute misconduct…just by being himself!

The Bad: Shea Weber/Ryan Suter – A combined ZERO points and a -4. I don’t know what’s happened to our dynamic duo as of late, but over the past 4 games they are a combined 1 goal/2 assists and a -10. Yes…a minus TEN

My Preds #1 Star: Jordin Tootoo – Just one heck of a game and on the night he came back from a “concussion”. Amazing job tonight

Synopsis: A big game and a big win for Nashville tonight, however as the Predators were piling on the goals they were slowly taking their foot off the gas.

What does that spell?

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3 goals let up by the Predators in the third period. Another trio of goals let in during a period that the Predators are having trouble locking up. This HAS to be corrected and I’m sure Trotz and his staff will definitely be working on that for the next few days.

Past that, Nashville played quite a good game with Jordin Tootoo having his first ever 2 goal night (2g/1a/+3), Sergei Kostitsyn quietly padding his stats more (2g/1a/+1), both Matt Halischuk and Mike Fisher getting on the board, and Patric Hornqvist with his THREE assists!

Nashville is getting wonderful goaltending as usual from Pekka Rinne and goals starting to be scored by the players who need to be scoring goals.

So, what’s next? The Predators need to first lock up their playoff spot (more on that below) and could do so as early as Thursday night if Colorado beats Dallas in regulation OR overtime.

Nashville’s next game is Friday night at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Gametime is 7pm CST.

Playoff Outlook: 97 points, Currently, 4th place, 1 point ahead of 5th LA Kings and Phoenix Coyotes

Best of 19 Record: 11-3-3

BEST OF SEVEN Record: 3-2-0

What SportsClubStats Says?: 98 points gets the Predators a guaranteed playoff spot. Nashville needs:

1 single point in their last 2 games

At least 1 point and a regulation Chicago loss or regulation Anaheim loss

A Dallas loss (overtime or regulation)

Thanks for reading!

~KM