This was a bit of a step back for the Nashville Predators after the great week they had prior. The team went 1-2 this week. They had to come from behind to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in OT, then blew a late 1-0 lead to lose to the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 and with the game tied late against the Chicago Blackhawks, a defensive breakdown would turn into a 5-3 loss.

  • Filip Forsberg’s game tying and game winning goals against Buffalo gave him 10 goals in 5 games. He became the 1st player since Pavel Bure in 2001 to accomplish that.
  • Another hot February for Forsberg as he potted 11 goals and 17 points in the month.
  • Nashville erased two 2 goal deficits in the come from behind win in Buffalo.
  • Pekka Rinne gave up 4 goals for the 4th time in his last 5 starts.
  • A huge blunder at the Canadiens blue line by Roman Josi leads to a 2-1 loss.
  • Rinne looked more Rinne-like against Montreal, giving up 2 goals on 26 shots.
  • Was great to see P.K. Subban saluted by the Montreal faithful.
  • Ryan Ellis went down again in the Montreal game, hopefully not for long.
  • Viktor Arvidsson continued to stay hot, getting two more goals against Chicago. With 23 goals for him now, the price tag on this next contract just continues to rise.
  • Once again the Predators came out hot at home against the Blackhawks in the 1st period, yet still trailed 1-0 when it was done. A trend they need to stop.
  • Jordin Tootoo and Cody McLeod did what they do best, in what was a great bout.
  • The top line of Forsberg (2g, 2a), Arvidsson (2g, 1a) and Ryan Johansen (1g, 3a) had another great week.

 

Nashville goes out on the west coast swing next week. They will be in Anaheim on Tuesday, March 7th 9pm CT start. Then it is off to Los Angeles on Thursday, March 9th 9:30pm CT start. They end the week in San Jose for an afternoon game on Saturday, March 11th 3pm CT start.

 

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Daniel Jones

My name is Daniel Jones, I am from the Washington D.C. area originally, but have lived in Nashville, Tn since 1983. I grew up a fan of the Washington Capitals and I am still partial to them. However, I became a day 1 season ticket holder with the Nashville Predators when they arrived. My wife and I have been hardcore Preds fans ever since.

Being asked to cover to the Preds for Puck Planet is both a dream and an honor. I hope to do both the website and Predator fans proud.

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