Preds sweep road trip; set back Blackhwaks

The Predators denied the Blackhawks of two winnable points by standing them up in their own building on Friday night. Nashville, who has been on the road since Saturday, is now on a three game winning streak, but lasts nights victory has definitely been the most impressive of their journey. They put on a very well rounded game – with goals from three different skaters – and successfully protected a one goal lead for two significant stretches of play. 

Game Thoughts and facts

  • The two points keep the Preds playoff hopes statistically alive. But more importantly, we denied the Blackhawks a chance at jumping the Avalanche for second place in the central. 
  • Fisher opened the scoring, with Hornqvist getting a powerplay marker and Ellis firing one home to regain a two goal spread early in the third period
  • Rinne played very well, but this win was a complete team effort. The offense produced a respectable amount of points and the defense, just about all six of them, were a force all game.
  • With 5 games in 8 days (Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday Saturday) there is some fear that Hutton will be in tonight vs St. Louis. Yeah he played fine against Buffalo, but St. Louis is literally the best team in the league. Could be hard to watch. 
  • Dallas, Winnipeg and Vancouver all lost tonight while the Preds won. With 15 games left on the calendar the playoffs are still possible, but the circumstances need to be perfect. 
  • A word of caution: Ryan Ellis has enjoyed scoring his goals in pairs this season. Let's see if he pops on in tonight. 
  • Of the last 15 games, Preds are home for 6 and away for 9. 
  • Eaves was scratched for the second straight game. Many people thought that a bought of consistent playing time is what the forward needed to find his game again, but it looks like he isn't going to get that in Trotz's no patience for anyone system
  • Nasvhille was outshot by Chicago 33 – 29. 

Scoring Summary

G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist NSH on Ice CHI on Ice
1 1 15:33 EV NSH 12 M.FISHER(17) 7 M.CULLEN(18) 59 R.JOSI(19) 6712133559 2719202350
2 1 18:51 PP NSH 27 P.HORNQVIST(13) 6 S.WEBER(27) 59 R.JOSI(20) 61227333559 719202750
3 1 19:46 EV CHI 19 J.TOEWS(26) 23 K.VERSTEEG(21)   6712253559 41920232750
4 3 0:45 EV NSH 4 R.ELLIS(4) 59 R.JOSI(21)   4624283559 21019506588
5 3 8:32 EV CHI 12 P.REGIN(4) 27 J.ODUYA(12) 65 A.SHAW(15) 4527283584 121727295065

Player Statistics


NASHVILLE PREDATORS G A P +/- PN PIM TOI S A/B MS HT GV TK BS FW FL F%
TOT SHF AVG PP SH EV
3 D JONES, SETH             14:49 18 00:49 00:50 00:00 13:59 1 2 1 2 1          
4 D ELLIS, RYAN 1   1   1 2 21:29 28 00:46 00:50 00:00 20:39 2 1   2     3      
5 D DEL ZOTTO, MICHAEL       -1     19:05 27 00:42 00:00 00:00 19:05 1 1   1     2      
6 D WEBER, SHEA   1 1 +1     25:59 30 00:51 02:10 02:00 21:49 3     4 2   2      
7 C CULLEN, MATT   1 1       16:25 18 00:54 01:03 00:00 15:22 1             0 3 0
12 C FISHER, MIKE 1   1       23:29 28 00:50 01:57 00:35 20:57 2 2   3 2     8 11 42
13 C SPALING, NICK       +1     20:25 23 00:53 01:03 00:35 18:47 1   2 1   1 3      
15 C SMITH, CRAIG             16:26 23 00:42 00:55 00:00 15:31 2 1   1       0 1 0
16 L CLUNE, RICH             05:23 8 00:40 00:00 00:00 05:23 1 1   2            
24 L NYSTROM, ERIC       +1     16:25 22 00:44 00:00 01:25 15:00 2 1   2            
25 L STALBERG, VIKTOR       -1     07:35 11 00:41 00:00 00:00 07:35 1           1      
27 R HORNQVIST, PATRIC 1   1 -1 1 2 16:53 19 00:53 02:05 00:00 14:48 4 1   1     1      
28 C GAUSTAD, PAUL             14:40 21 00:41 00:00 01:25 13:15   1   2     1 9 9 50
33 C WILSON, COLIN             16:54 23 00:44 01:57 00:00 14:57 2   1 1     1 4 10 29
42 D EKHOLM, MATTIAS             13:11 17 00:46 00:00 00:35 12:36 1 2     1 1        
57 L BOURQUE, GABRIEL             12:38 20 00:37 00:00 00:00 12:38 2 1   1   1        
59 D JOSI, ROMAN   3 3 +1     25:35 29 00:52 02:10 01:25 22:00 2 1 1 1     3      
84 C SISSONS, COLTON       -1     08:39 12 00:43 00:00 00:00 08:39 1         1 2 4 2 67
30 G HUTTON, CARTER                                            
35 G RINNE, PEKKA                                 1          
TEAM TOTALS 3 5 8 0 2 4             29 15 5 24 7 4 19 25 36 41

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS G A P +/- PN PIM TOI S A/B MS HT GV TK BS FW FL F%
TOT SHF AVG PP SH EV
2 D KEITH, DUNCAN       -2     26:21 31 00:51 01:35 01:28 23:18 2 2   2 3   1      
4 D HJALMARSSON, NIKLAS       +1     18:24 27 00:40 00:00 01:28 16:56   1     1          
7 D SEABROOK, BRENT       -1     24:17 30 00:48 00:25 01:32 22:20 1 3   1     3      
8 D LEDDY, NICK             17:25 22 00:47 00:33 00:00 16:52 1 3 1 3     3      
10 R SHARP, PATRICK       -1     20:08 23 00:52 02:00 00:00 18:08 3 3 2 4   1        
12 C REGIN, PETER 1   1 +1     09:44 15 00:38 00:00 00:00 09:44 1   1     1   2 1 67
16 C KRUGER, MARCUS         1 2 09:48 16 00:36 00:00 01:34 08:14 4   1       1 3 1 75
17 D BROOKBANK, SHELDON       +1 1 2 13:47 18 00:45 00:00 00:00 13:47       2 1   3      
19 C TOEWS, JONATHAN 1   1 -1     22:19 26 00:51 02:00 01:03 19:16 4   2     1   19 4 83
20 L SAAD, BRANDON             17:45 21 00:50 00:33 00:29 16:43 2 1 1 1 1 1   1 0 100
23 R VERSTEEG, KRIS   1 1       14:26 20 00:43 00:00 00:00 14:26 1 1 1 1            
26 C HANDZUS, MICHAL             11:52 17 00:41 00:00 01:57 09:55       2     1 6 6 50
27 D ODUYA, JOHNNY   1 1 +2     17:29 24 00:43 00:00 01:32 15:57 4 1     1   3      
28 R SMITH, BEN             12:11 18 00:40 00:00 00:57 11:14 2             3 5 38
29 L BICKELL, BRYAN       +1     15:25 19 00:48 00:00 00:00 15:25 1 2 1 1            
52 L BOLLIG, BRANDON             05:49 11 00:31 00:00 00:00 05:49 2 1   1            
65 C SHAW, ANDREW   1 1   1 2 16:32 21 00:47 01:27 00:00 15:05 1 1   3 1 1   2 8 20
88 R KANE, PATRICK       -1     22:35 27 00:50 01:27 00:00 21:08 4   1     1        
31 G RAANTA, ANTTI                                            
50 G CRAWFORD, COREY                                            
TEAM TOTALS 2 3 5 0 3 6             33 19 11 21 8 6 15 36 25 59

 

Goaltending Report: 

Predators: Pekka Rinne –  31 saves on 33 shots. SV% .939

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford – 26 saves on 29 shots. SV% .897

My Three Stars

1. Mike Fisher: Goal

2. Roman Josi: 3 Assists

3. Ryan Ellis: Goal

Lineup Report

Predators scratches: Eaves and Bartley

Predators starters: Nystrom-Wilson-Smith, Weber-Josi, and Rinne

Sabres scratches: Rundblad, Hossa, Roszival

Sabres starters: Saad, Toews, Versteeg, Seabrook, Keith, Crawford

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – BUF

Faceoffs Report

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