After beating them once on the road, the Nashville Predators defend home ice as the Islanders invade Bridgestone.
It has been an interesting week for the Nashville Predators. The season started last week with two solid road wins in New York, taking our the Rangers and the Islanders. On Tuesday, the Predators opened their season at home with a head-scratching loss to the Calgary Flames. The only thing more interesting was the Twitter universe’s reaction to banners the raised to the rafters of Bridgestone.
While the loss took some steam out of fans’ hopes on the season, those feelings soon returned. The Winnipeg Jets brought their game to Nashville, but left grounded by tough defense and a stingy Pekka Rinne. Twenty-nine shots failed to hit their target and the Rinne Defense System was up to Vezina levels.
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After the ups and downs of the early season, the Nashville Predators sit with six points and tons of confidence. Six players are tied with three points on the season, with another four gaining two points. Just like last season, the depth of scoring on the team proves crucial.
Individually, a few players stand out. Craig Smith is among the best in the NHL in gaining high-danger scoring chances. While only one goal and one assist show on his stat line, his 17 shots leads the team, and his ixGF/60 sits at 1.69. Smith is off to a great start.
Now the Isles come to Bridgestone Arena looking to avenge their loss at home last Saturday. Which Predators team will show up?