The Nashville Predators capped off their big day of acquisitions by taking a victory from the Los Angeles Kings Monday night 2-1 in Nashville.
The Predators did not play their best game of the season, but found a way to claw out a victory anyway, which is a great sign for Nashville. With a bolstered lineup from the deadline deals today, it is impressive to see Nashville find a way to push through to victory. The team will only get better, and if they can find ways to win now it will pay off enormously once the team really gets rolling as a new, unified unit.
Roman Yosi scored his fourth goal of the season with assists from David Legwand and Gabriel Bourque at the 18:27 mark of the first period to give Nashville the 1-0 advantage that would stand through the period.
The second period was also all Nashville with Patric Hornqvist scoring his 18th goal of the season at the 3:52 point of the second with assists by David Legwand and Sergei Kostitsyn.
In the third period, the Kings managed to cut Nashville’s lead to 2-1 with a goal by Dustin Brown, his 18th of the season (assisted by Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams). However that would be all that Los Angeles could muster down the stretch as the Predators held on for the 2-1 victory, despite a few close calls.
Pekka Rinne, as usual, was in top form, already looking ready for playoff time. Rinne got victory number 35 on the season, which leads the NHL and is also already a career high for Rinne. Pekka Rinne is undoubtedly among the greatest in the game at his position, and he his value to the Predators in incalculable.
Each team went 0-1 on power plays, and both power plays occurred in the second period. Pekka Rinne managed 30 saves for Nashville, while Jonathan Quick had 28 saves for Los Angeles.
Nashville has won 17 of its last 21 home games, going 10-0-2 in its last 12 home games. Ryan Ellis and Kevin Klein were scratches, while Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad were not yet with the team after being traded to Nashville earlier in the day.
The Predators play the Hurricanes in Carolina tomorrow night at 6 p.m.