This was a rough week for the Nashville Predators. They played 5 games in 7 days and 2 back to backs. The Preds started out great with a 3-1 win in Brooklyn over the New York Islanders. Then the next night they looked sluggish, losing to the Boston Bruins 4-1. They then came back home for two games, dropping a 3-1 decision to the highflying Toronto Maple Leafs and then shutting out the Minnesota Wild 3-0. They finished up with a quick road trip to St. Louis for 3rd place on the second back to back and looked like a tired team in a 4-1 loss. They probably lost any shot at finishing 3rd with that loss. However, they did clinch a playoff spot thanks to the Los Angeles Kings losing to the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 later in the evening, so, silver lining.
- The San Jose game last week was Pekka Rinne’s 500th career game. The Preds won 7-2.
- Peter Laviolette coached in his 1000th game against the Maple Leafs
- Colin Wilson played in his 500th career game against the Wild.
- The JOFA line continued to play really well this week combining for 10 pts in these 5 games. Ryan Johansen 2g,2a, Filip Forsberg 2g,2a and Viktor Arvidsson 1g,1a.
- Arvidsson now has 27 pts in his last 29 games.
- The Wild called a questionable timeout in a 0-0 game near the end of the 2nd period and the Preds promptly scored 2 goals in the following 21 seconds to break the game open.
- Kevin Fiala’s goal against the Wild gave him double-digit goals for the 1st time in his career, he currently sits at 10.
- Ryan Johansen now sits at 47 assists, 2 more and he becomes the Predators single season leader.
- Filip Forsberg’s goal against the Maple Leafs makes him the 1st player in franchise history to have multiple 30 goal seasons.
- One more goal for Arvidsson and the duo of he and Forsberg will become the 3rd pair in franchise history to score 30 goals.
The final week of the season is upon us. The Preds start off at home on Tuesday, April 4th at 7 pm CT against the New York Islanders. Then they end the season on a short 2 game road trip. Thursday, April 6th they play in Dallas at 7:30 pm CT and they finish up on Saturday, April 8th in Winnipeg at 6 pm CT. The Predators only hope at 3rd place is for the St. Louis Blues to go 1-3 down the stretch and they must win out themselves.
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