Contribution Through The Lineup Is Key To The Predators Recent Success

By Amanda DiPaolo

The Nashville Predators put their six-game winning streak on the line tonight when they host Vancouver at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville’s recent success seems to fall on the number three, three goals for the Predators. Nashville’s 4-2 win against Dallas on Saturday was the 17th consecutive time Nashville won when scoring three or more goals. The Predator’s season record for scoring three or more goals in a game is 38-4-1.

While the numbers are pretty clear, Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz says contributions from all four lines have been key. “I give a lot of credit right through out lineup,” Trotz said, adding “Go back through the six games — every line has contributed over this stretch.”

Forward Jordin Tootoo agrees, “We got dynamic players in this dressing room that can  change the pace of the game and can change things around. We count on each other to get the job done, night in and night out.”

Some Predators have been red hot, which has made three goals night in and night out a real possibility for the Predators.

David Legwand has 18 points in the last 15 games with 8 goals and 10 assists.

Sergei Kostitsyn has 40 points since the start of December. A breakout year for the Novopolotsk, Belarus native, Kostitysn is one goal shy of 20 on the season and is just three points shy of the team lead. All this with a salary of $550 000. Kostitsyn is a restricted free agent come July 1.

Martin Erat has 25 points in his last 26 games, including 9 goals and 16 assists.

Patric Hornqvist, who has four assists in his last two games is one point shy of 100 on his career. Joel Ward is also one point away from reaching the milestone.

Trotz says everyone is living up to their individual expectations. “Our big guys are playing big and our role guys are playing their roles. Everybody’s doing the right things,” Trotz said, adding “Give a lot of credit to everybody — they find ways to contribute. If it’s not on the score sheet they’re blocking shots, being strong against the wall, giving you good energy shifts when the momentum’s starting to swing.”

The Predators game tonight starts at 7 pm at Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are still available. After tonight’s game, the Predators travel to Colorado for a game against the Avalanche before returning home to face Detroit for the final time during the regular season.

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