Preds Quick Hits From The Crease 3-22-16
There were some tumultuous moments, but in the end, the Preds pulled away after nearly blowing a 3-goal lead to finish off the Kings 5-2.
Ryan Johansen led the way with two assists and the goal that stopped the bleeding in the third period. Line mate James Neal and D-man Roman Josi continued their hot play with a goal and an assist each. On the night he was commemorated for playing in his 1,000th game, Mike Fisher got on the scoreboard as well with a beautiful, dirty goal on the PP. By the start of the third period, Nashville had chased starting goalie Jonathan Quick, who really deserved a better fate after making several incredible stops.
Someone who didn’t show up on the score sheet but played perhaps his best game in months, was Colin Wilson. Two weeks ago he was dropped to the fourth line, and last night he rotated into the top line with Johansen and Neal. He looked like the same Wilson who led the team in scoring during the series with Chicago a year ago. It would be a massive boost if he can find his game heading into April.
Eric Nystrom returned to the lineup, taking Austin Watson’s spot and filled in nicely considering he hadn’t played with the big club in two months. How long he remains in the lineup remains to be seen.
What to Watch For: The victory pulled the Preds within 4 points of idle Chicago, who take on division leading Dallas tonight at the United Center. The Blues are out west to battle the Sharks while a desperate Minnesota club host the LA Kings.