What a win last night for the Nashville Predators over the Montreal Canadiens.
On Thursday, I tweeted that Nashville’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings was their best game of the season to date, due to the shot totals, chances and defensive effort they gave. Fortunately for the Preds, they were able to recreate that effort in their very next game, but this time, pick up a clutch 2-1 win over the Canadiens.
My brief thoughts:
–For the second straight game, the Predators once again had a very high shot total. The Preds had 37 shots on target overall last night, with 30 of them coming through two periods.
–How long can Seth Jones’s stock just continue to rise? The 19-year-old rookie played over 27 minutes, held the Canadiens top line without a point and more importantly, scored the game-winning goal on a play that many veteran forwards would be jealous of.
–The line of Bourque-Cullen-Smith continues to be Nashville’s most effective line as they repeatedly use their speed to create chances and backcheck hard (even if they were held of the scoresheet last night).
–Stalberg’s play actually rebounded somewhat last night, as he was able to draw two penalties for Nashville. He still remains on the fourth line, however, and the Preds have to hope he’ll continue to improve and recover from the shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason (he has not been anywhere close to the top-line scorer the Predators organization hoped he would be when they signed him to a four-year deal this off-season).
–Rinne has only allowed two goals in the last two games and his hip doesn’t seem to be hindering him at all. Is he healthy enough to play on back-to-back nights though? We’ll find out in a few hours.
–Here’s the recap of the game (with highlights) over on NHL.com.
–Smashville 24/7’s five thoughts on the Preds vs. Habs tilt.
The Predators are right back at it again tonight, as they faceoff against the Jets in Winnipeg at 7 pm CT. This will be the first matchup of these two teams this season and the first time they’ll face each other as divisional rivals. The Jets have not exactly gotten off to a roaring start, so if the Preds can jump on Winnipeg early, they may be able to skate away with four points in two days.
These two teams will play each other again later this week in Nashville, so be sure to watch out for any bad blood that might get created tonight, because it could very well carry over into Thursday’s game.
Follow @PredlinesNSH as I’ll be tweeting updates throughout the game tonight.