The Nashville Predators took down the Edmonton Oilers for the first time since Feb. 25, 2019. After winning 4-3 in overtime, the Preds also snapped a six-game losing streak.
“I would give a lot of props to Cody Glass,” Hynes said postgame. “Glass’ line basically played against them the whole night. I thought he was excellent, I thought Nino was great, I thought Tanner Jeannot was really good. They were able to attack and make those guys defend.”
For Hynes, it was how that second line executed their attention to detail pushing plays up the ice.
Glass’ Role is Growing Fast for the Nashville Predators
“I really like where Cody is going, we’re giving him more of an opportunity and he’s taken advantage of that,” Predators General Manager David Poile said on 102.5 The Game.
“The thing he has that we would like to get more of is his offensive ability. We saw some of that last night and played some bigger minutes against McDavid’s line and it’s another positive sign for the Predators.”
McDavid was held without a shot on the net until overtime. It was the first time in three games versus the Predators that McDavid was held without a goal.
Out of 22 games vs Nashville, Draisaitl was also held off the scoring sheet for the ninth time against the Predators after Tuesday’s game.
“Early in the year we put Cody up in that style of a role and he wasn’t ready for it,” Hynes said. “He learned some lessons, stuck with it, and came back, and now you look at his game and confidence level that he had going against that line.”
“That’s a guy we know can play, but sometimes guys aren’t ready to be in those certain roles because they’re human beings. It’s really nice to see him play the way he did tonight. If we can get him to continue to play the way he’s playing I think he’s going to make our team a lot better.”
There doesn’t seem to be a coincidence that Glass has played some of his best games against the Oilers this season.
Glass went 14-for-22 in the faceoff circle in his last two games against the Oilers. He has also picked up four individual scoring chances in that span as well.
Going from being scratched along with former Predator Eeli Tolvanen, Hynes gave Glass an opportunity to seize more minutes.
The first-ever drafted player from the Vegas Golden Knights has worked his way up to the NHL and could be a valuable asset down the stretch for Nashville this season.