Forsberg Saves Predators From Weekend Nightmare
By Josh @Top6Grinder
The Nashville Predators went into Sunday against the last place Buffalo Sabres looking to get back to Predator hockey after one of the worst performances of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers the previous day.
To be honest, I am still stunned the Predators came away with a point with the way they played on Saturday. It was even more surprising because it came after being smoked by the New York Islanders a few nights before. The Preds have been good about turning the page after a loss throughout the year but that did not happen Saturday.
The mistakes on both ends of the ice were running rampid again on Saturday. The defense again gave up way to many odd man chances and grade A scoring chances all while struggling to get a play set up in the offensive zone.
The Preds were looking to improve on Sunday and did offensively. Wasn’t sure I wanted to mention the improved play offensively since the Sabers came into the game down four defensemen. Regardless, the Preds swarmed to the puck and were around the net all night. A lot of good zone time as well. Neuvirth kept the Sabres in the game and held the Predators off the board until Ribeiro knocked in a rebound on the 6th power play of the night.
The Sabres were held to 17 shots but that stat can be deceiving. The Preds gave up several breakaways and odd man rushes the Sabres simply didn’t capitalize on. Carter Hutton I must add was fantastic. I have been one to trust him but I am starting to after his last four starts.
I’m sure you noticed Forsberg in the title. Well, he saved the weekend in the shootout on a gorgeous move to his backhand to get the Predators out of last place Buffalo with two points. The kid is special. A training killer who I hope continues to get better.
-The Preds set a franchise record by getting to 40 wins in 60 games. Previous was 61 games 2006-2007 season.
-David Poile was noted to be in New York catching a game between the Blue Jackets and
The Preds come home for a short home stand which starts out against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.