Nashville Predators Take Down Chicago: Three Difference-Makers in Shootout Win

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Next Man Up, Mark Jankowski Delivering for Preds

Mark Jankowksi is earning every minute of ice time he's getting right now as the Predators try to navigate the long-term injuries of Tommy Novak and Cody Glass.

Jankowksi has been called up for the last two games and is showing that aggressive style of play that Head Coach Andrew Brunette preaches constantly. Driving the net, being a menace on the forecheck, and just being smart with puck management.

Last season as the Predators gutted the core of their lineup through trades and with some injuries as well, Jankowski came in for valuable minutes and put up seven goals. However, it was unclear if he'd be brought back in the offseason.

It's paying off at least through the first two games from Jankowski. It is so valuable to a team when they can call up reliable veterans when injuries to the core happens. Jankowski has shown numerous times he can be relied upon.

Jankowski's first goal of 2023-24, and his milestone 50th career NHL goal, comes just 26 seconds after Luke Evangelista had tied the game at 1-1. A product of Jankowski driving the net for a rebound opportunity.

A crafty and greasy goal from Jankowksi. He's earning his right to stay in the starting lineup until Glass or Novak returns. This leaves it difficult for Liam Foudy and Cole Smith to get back in.