Predators 2, Jets 1

Notes:

  • It’s been said to death at this point, but the Preds need to quit their habit of allowing the first goal and picking up the pace for the comeback win. It’s made for some exciting hockey and they’ve been mostly successful in pulling it off so far this season, but it’s not a sustainable routine, especially with their special teams, which continue to be abysmal. Nashville had eight minutes on the power play tonight, putting up zero shots on goal and allowing the Jets their only goal shorthanded. Fortunately, we didn’t have to see the Preds’ PK unit tonight, as they avoided sending anyone to the box.
  • Nashville was dominant in the faceoff circle, which we saw a lot of tonight. The Preds won 43 faceoffs to Winnipeg’s 21, and Calle Jarnkrok came away with 70% of his matchups.  His mentorship with Paul Gaustad is clearly paying off.
  • The Predators had their first goal waved off after a questionable (and non-reviewable) call against James Neal for playing the puck with a high stick. Neal was having none of it, however, and netted the tying goal just eight seconds later on a pass from Ribeiro. That proved to be the spark the Preds needed to kick it into high gear after a lackluster effort in the first 35 minutes of play.
  • That’s Coach Laviolette’s 400th career victory as an NHL coach. The Preds are now 11-4-2 on the season.

 

The Preds will be in Toronto Tuesday to take on the 9-6-2 Maple Leafs. Puck drops at 6:30.

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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