Nashville Predators Update in Sochi


Nashville Predators Roman Josi and Simon Moser wrapped up the group play portion of their Winter Olympic scheduled today.

Josi and Moser helped Switzerland improve to 2-1 in Group C with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Much like he does in Nashville, Josi has looked comfortable on the top defensive pairing for Switzerland. At only 23 years of age, the blueliner has consistently played in all situations for the Swiss and performed effectively while doing it.

Moser and Josi were both held of the scoresheet in today’s game, but a game-winning goal for Moser against Latvia earlier in the tournament and Josi’s defensive plays have helped the Swiss to only give up two goals through three games.

Russia vs. USA: 

USA Today, credit: Scott Rovak

USA Today, credit: Scott Rovak

Early this morning, many Predators fans were captivated by the United States 3-2 shootout victory over Russia.

Although no players currently on Nashville’s roster participated in the game, several Predators alumni proved to be pivotal pieces in the contest.

Team USA scored two power play goals through the 65 minutes played and both man advantage opportunities came thanks to the “prodigal Pred” himself, Russian forward Alexander Radulov.

A crucial game in determining the winner of Group A, the back-and-forth action between the two teams felt like a gold medal game.

In the end, the main storyline for either side was created in the shootout by St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie. Unlike the shootout rules in the NHL, international play allows for a team to repeat a skater in the skills competition if the game is still tied after the best-of-three portion.

Oshie ended up taking all of the United States chances in the sudden death portion of the shootout–going three-for-five–and giving the USA the win.

The U.S. and former Predators defenseman Ryan Suter will play their last game of group play tomorrow morning against Slovenia, as Team USA looks to go 3-0 and wrap up Group A.

 

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