Mosh’s Monday Musings
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving week and made the best out of Frugal Friday.
- Nashville rebounded from a disappointing road trip to sweep their three-game home stand before falling yesterday in Winnipeg.
- A rare Monday night home game saw the Preds take care of the talented Lightning 3-1. From the looks of the game, you would’ve never guessed these teams played in opposite conferences. The teams combined for 33 penalty minutes in the third period. JT Brown went from a relative unknown, to public enemy number one in Smashville after his hit on Roman Josi and subsequent retaliation on Ryan Ellis. I could go on all day about the inconsistency of the NHL player safety hearings, but I don’t want to start the week on a rant.
- Wednesday saw the return of the only team to defeat the Preds at Bridgestone during regulation, the Stars. Though the final score was deceiving, Nashville exacted a bit of revenge by beating Dallas 5-2 behind a stellar performance from Pekka Rinne. The Stars pelted away for 22 shots on goal in the second period alone with nothing to show for it. The boys in gold countered with tallying 3 goals on just 5 shots in the final frame.
- The Jets came flying in Friday on the heels of a 4-game losing streak, all on the road. Considering there’s no playoff history between these two clubs, the hatred is plainly visible. We all remember last year when both penalty boxes could’ve been mistaken for the benches at one point. Although this one didn’t quite get as ugly on the scoresheet, Nashville ran away with a 5-1 win to complete a perfect home stand. This victory came with some casualties however as both Colton Sissons and James Neal left the game and were subsequently put on IR.
- Banged up and on short rest, the Preds flew to Winnipeg with some new bodies as recent call-ups Freddie Gaudreau and Kevin Fiala joined the lineup along with AHL phenom Juuse Saros in net. You can’t complain about the effort Nashville played with, peppering Connor Hellebuyck with 42 shots, but were unable to solve him, falling 3-0. That brings Saros’ career record to 1-2, with both of his losses by shutout. If it wasn’t clear to everyone before, it should be now… he is your current backup and future between the pipes.
- A relatively light week couldn’t come at a better time as the Preds try to get healthy. They play just once more until Saturday for the first of back to back home games next weekend vs New Jersey and Philadelphia. Preceding that, they travel to Colorado to finish the month on Tuesday where the turnaround began, in Denver vs the Avs.