Preds Quick Hits From The Crease 3-14-16
We knew it wouldn’t last forever, but we probably didn’t expect it to end in Vancouver. The Predators team record of 14 consecutive games with a point, as well as a 12-game road point streak both fell at the hands of the Canucks late Saturday night 4-2.
A bad start, combined with sketchy officiating and superb goaltending by Ryan Miller was Nashville’s undoing. The Preds had overcome weak first period performances the previous two games to keep the streak alive, but dug themselves too big a hole this time.
There were a few bright spots however. Roman Josi looked like a man among boys, seemingly toying with Canucks’ players at times. He finished with two fantastic assists to lead the way. One of the beneficiaries was Colton Sissons, who scored his second goal since being recalled. Long-time nemesis Alexandre Burrows may have finished with two helpers, but didn’t cause any injuries, and at this juncture, I’ll take that trade-off.
The rest of the Central Division was busy as well this weekend. St Louis defeated Anaheim and Dallas on back to back nights as they continue their winning ways. The Blues are in a virtual tie with the Stars atop the division with 91 points, with Chicago 3 points back. Minnesota defeated Montreal 4-1 on Saturday while Colorado blew a 2-0 lead in Winnipeg, falling 3-2 in regulation. The Wild and Avs are tied for the last playoff spot with 74 points each, 7 points shy of the Preds.
What to watch for: Nashville travels to Edmonton for their last appearance at Rexall Place tonight at 8. Chicago will host playoff rival Los Angeles and the Blues try to stay hot when they battle the Flames.