The Nashville Predators won a wild one last night. The club ended their three-games losing streak by registering six goals and holding on for a 6-5 win over the Calgary Flames.
A night of firsts for several players on the team, Predators forward Calle Jarnkork played in his first NHL game and defenseman Victor Bartley scored his first NHL goal.
Lighting up the scoreboard in the American Hockey League (AHL) since his trade to the Predators organization earlier this month, Jarnkrok was impressive in his debut with the big club after being recalled on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Swedish forward showed a lot of speed and an eagerness to shoot throughout the game. Jarnkrok earned his first career NHL point on forward Viktor Stalberg’s second period tally and played over 16 minutes.
Nashville head coach Barry Trotz showed a lot of confidence in Jarnkrok, giving the forward time on the top two lines and even special teams minutes.
With just 11 games remaining in the regular season it was worth the risk to give younger forwards, such as Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons, time at the NHL level. And at least to some point, the payoff was immediate for Nashville.
Jarnkrok’s seven points in five games at the AHL level with the Milwaukee Admirals proved not to be a fluke, as he tallied in his NHL debut and was clearly an asset for the Predators last night.
It’ll will be interesting to see what Jarnkrok looks like against a tougher opponent, the Predators face last year’s Stanley Cup champion, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Sunday. The ice certainly won’t be as wide open in that game as it was last night.