Nashville Predators 4 – Arizona Coyotes 3

Notes:

  • The Predators picked up the shootout win to advance to 4-0-2, remaining undefeated in regular time. They now hold 10 of a possible 12 points in the standings and have a +5 goal differential.
  • The Preds seem to be sticking to their early season habit of starting slow and picking up the pace only after allowing a goal. So far they’ve been able to kick it into gear after the first period or two to varying degrees of success, but this trend is troubling, to say the least, and they’re not going to be able to rely on comeback wins throughout the season.
  • Nashville’s second goal came right as Brandon McMillan was stepping out of the penalty box, so it won’t go into the books as a power play goal. Still, it was technically scored 5-on-4, which is an area the Preds seriously need to improve on as they had just a 12% success rate on the man advantage coming into the game and went 0-5 on the power play tonight.
  • Ryan Ellis looked great as he put up his first 3-point game in the NHL, netting a goal and two assists. He also scored a pretty goal in the shootout, deking Devan Dubnyk way out of position.
  • The Preds set up several great crosses for scoring chances throughout the game and dominated in overtime but were unable to get sticks on the puck for the finish. I’ll chalk it up to what appeared to be some pretty rough ice, but letting that many chances slip off sticks right in front of the net is hard to watch.
  • It’s probably entirely too early in the season to gloat about this, but how good does it feel to see Nashville at the top of the Central Division?

Thursday night the Predators are on home ice to take on the Chicago Blackhawks in a rematch of Saturday night’s overtime loss. Puck drops at 7.

About Evan Lewis

Evan is a native Memphian who drinks bourbon and works in advertising by day and drinks bourbon and watches hockey by night. He does not have a legitimate opinion on whether fighting should be allowed in hockey but knows that he thoroughly enjoys it.

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