Preds Quick Hits From The Crease 4-6-16
With nothing to gain in the standings, the Predators halted their four-game losing streak and eliminated the Avalanche from postseason contention with a 4-3 victory.
Colin Wilson opened the scoring with a snipe off the bottom of the crossbar for his first goal in 16 games. He also added a helper on Mike Fisher’s go-ahead goal early in the third. It’s hard to say that someone scores goals in bunches when he has just six all year, but Nashville hopes that he plays like he did last April. If you recall, he was virtually invisible heading into the playoffs last season before blowing up for five goals in six games vs Chicago.
Filip Forsberg added to the lead in the first with what may be the goal of the year in Music City. He put home a rebound with a between-the-legs shot that even topped ESPN’s list for best plays of the night. You know it’s something special if ESPN acknowledges the NHL, let alone Nashville.
Pekka Rinne was….. OK… I guess. He surrendered three goals in his fourth straight game, one of which we’re all still trying to figure out how it got through. Maybe he got a bit unlucky with two of them, but his rebound control was off and generally wasn’t very sharp. I’d like to see some confidence and swagger back in his game, but time is running out for that.
Around the West: LA came back with a late goal to tie and eventually defeated the Flames 5-4 in OT. That boosted them back into first place in the Pacific as Anaheim allowed blew a third period lead and lost to Winnipeg 2-1 in OT. Each team has 99 points with the Kings owning the tiebreaker. The Ducks however still have a game in hand.
What to Watch For: Nothing really tonight in the Western Conference, but if you’re so inclined, watch the Detroit/Philadelphia game on NBCSN. Both teams are fiercely battling for a playoff spot with 91 points each.