The Nashville Predators had a three game stretch on the road this past week and came away with three wins in convincing fashion.
If you didn’t think that the Predators were one of the best teams in hockey before this week started, they proved to you this week that they are in fact one of the hottest teams in hockey. Everything seemed to be clicking for the Predators this week, as they were able to score a ton of goals, play great defensively, and have outstanding goaltending in all three of their games. 10 different players scored goals for the Predators this week.
The Nashville Predators started their three-game stretch in Vancouver as they took on the Canucks last Wednesday night. The Predators seemed to control the game from the get go, as P.K. Subban scored on a slapshot just over a minute into the game. Later in the period, Viktor Arvidsson scored on a shorthanded goal to put the Predators up, 2-0.
In the second, Subban unloaded on a shot from half-ice and bounced off Nilsson’s glove and into the goal. That’s just how the night was for the Predators as they had many lucky bounces.
Forsberg continued his hot streak as he added his 15th goal of the year on the power play in the 2nd period. The Fiala-Turris-Smith line continued their hot streak as both Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala added goals. Jarnkrok added another goal for the Predators as he made it, 7-1, which ended up being the final score.
The Predators then headed to Edmonton on Thursday to take on the struggling Oilers. The Oilers threw many shots at Saros during the 1st period, but Saros didn’t fold at all. The Predators had an action packed 2nd period, as they scored all four of their goals during the period.
Aberg added a goal early on in the 2nd period to put the Predators ahead. The Fiala-Turris-Smith line continued their streak as well, as Kyle Turris and Fiala added goals. Roman Josi added a goal later in the 2nd period to put the Predators ahead 4-0. Juuse Saros had an amazing game in goal for the Predators as he stopped all 46 shots that faced.
The Predators continued their road trip through Canada as they headed to Calgary on Saturday night to take on the Flames. They continued their great defensive play throughout the game, as well as getting some production from their offense. Ryan Johansen scored a great goal as he was falling down to put the Predators up 1-0. Fiala then added his third goal in as many games to put the Predators up by 2 goals.
The Nashville Predators came away with three big road wins, all in convincing fashion, getting 6 points. The next few pages will show my picks for players of the week for the Nashville Predators.