Dec 29, 2013
The Predators earned a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night in exciting fashion. Here’s some of our observations…
Midway through the second, Nashville experienced a bit of a scare as Jones was the recipient of a high hit by Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. Although Jones shook off the hit and collected another assist before the night ended, both he and Trotz both discussed the play after the game.
“I’m fine, yeah. I didn’t even see him coming. I got a pass and he stepped up on me pretty quick. It was one of those bang-bang plays,” said Jones.
“The league sees everything. I can have my opinion, it really doesn’t matter,” said Trotz. “I’m pretty sure the hit on Seth Jones will be looked at. The NHL will rule appropriate if any more action will be taken.”
Not a spectacular game for Predators center and faceoff specialist Paul Gaustad. Gaustad was one for five (20%) in faceoffs after the first period and finished the game a total of four for eleven (36%)
On the heels of Victor Bartley’s healthy scratch after their game against Dallas, Mattias Ekholm had a quiet, but strong, game against the Kings. Ekholm finished a +2, 16:46 time on ice, a hit, and a blocked shot.
Mike Fisher finished the game with two goals and an assist. His goals marked his first goal since December 5th and his first two-goal outing of the season. Saturday against the Kings was his second multi-point outing of the year and first three-point night this season, as well.
“We needed this win for sure. This is a really good team and we’ve played well and to get a win like this and get our confidence up a bit is definitely something we can build on. It was an exciting way to win,” said Fisher.
Predators defenseman and captain Shea Weber is quietly having himself a Norris Trophy-caliber season. Scoring points in eight of his last ten games, Weber’s 22 points (9g, 13a) rank second on the team. He’s also had six powerplay points in the same span, one of the reasons that Nashville’s powerplay ranks seventh in the NHL.
“Obviously this was a huge game for us, we all have been on a tough stretch this past year, but hopefully we can get it right now,” said Weber.
Our video of head coach Barry Trotz’s postgame press conference…
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