Nashville Predators Puck Drop: Destiny Is In Their Hands

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) after a win against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) after a win against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Welcome to The Puck Drop, a weekly roundup of all things Nashville Predators. We look at news stories, social media posts, and everything else that has to do with, cue Paul McCann, YOUR NASHVILLE PREDATORS.

The Predators are only two points away from securing the 4th playoff spot in the Central Division. The trick is they have to beat the newly-crowned Central Division Champions, the Carolina Hurricanes. They also have the Dallas Stars coming up quickly from behind, trying to take the spot.

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Nashville had a golden opportunity to clinch their playoff spot on Wednesday but suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The good news is that the Dallas Stars also lost on Wednesday.

The Predators’ next opportunity to take the 4th spot came on Friday night as the Stars took on the Tampa Bay Lightning. A Lightning win would have given the Predators the 4th spot no matter how Dallas finishes their season.

In a strong showing, the Stars beat the Lightning with a 5-2 score. That win gave the Stars a crucial two points and put them right behind the Predators. Dallas is now within two points of tying Nashville.

Now the massive task for the Predators is securing a win against a team that has sorely outplayed them all season in the Hurricanes. The closest the Predators got was securing one point in an overtime loss.

Nashville only needs to secure two points in the next two games to take the 4th spot. Their playoff hopes are now in their hands, and they control their destiny. Their first chance comes tonight as they take on the Hurricanes in Bridgestone Arena.

This week we will look at Roman Josi doing Captain stuff, Predators goalies helping others, and picture day for the Predators.

Goal Saves Help Families In Need

In April, the Nashville Predators announced that in conjunction with Walmart, they would provide 100 meals to families in need for every save that a Predators goaltender made.

The saves in April are totaled. In all of the games in April, Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne had 396 saves between them. Those saves provided 39,600 meals to families in need in and around Nashville.

We are grateful for a team that cares and does so much to help others in the community.

The Captain Doing Captain Stuff

Last Monday, the Predators faced the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first of a two-game set. While the outcome was not great in the second game, Nashville secured an overtime victory in Monday’s game.

Even though the Predators had to secure the victory with an overtime win, it was a thrilling victory thanks to Captain Roman Josi, who buried the game-winner. In addition to the game-winner, Josi also scored a goal in the 3rd period.

May The Fourth Be With You

For the seasoned Star Wars fan and the novice alike, you don’t have to explain the significance of May 4. Taking a cue from the famous movie line “May The Force Be With You,” fans dubbed May 4 “May The Fourth Be With You.”

While that is a great slogan, the Predators like to do things a little bit differently and put a Filip Forsberg spin on it.

On May 4, Predators fans prefer to say, “May The Forsberg Be With You.”

Picture Day For The Nashville Predators

It may have taken over a year, but the Predators were finally able to come together and take a team photo for posterity.

With the COVID-19 pandemic in its beginning stages at this time last year, the team was unable to take their yearly team photo and had to settle for a photoshopped version.

We all can’t wait to see the finished product.

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