Nashville Predators Look Dominant During Recent Win Streak

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 21: Nashville Predators left wing Tanner Jeannot (84) and winger Colton Sissons (10) join goalie Juuse Saros (74), of Finland, at the conclusion of the NHL game between the Nashville Predators and New York Rangers, held on October 21, 2021, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Predators of “Smashville” have looked absolutely dominant throughout their current win streak. This past Saturday, the Preds won their 3rd straight game, in an overtime thriller against the Islanders. Nashville took down two heavy-hitting opponents, before Saturday’s victory, by defeating Minnesota and San Jose. During this recent stretch of victories, the Preds have arguably looked like one of the best teams in the NHL, and they’ll look to keep it up against the Calgary Flames tonight.

Last Sunday, the Predators left “Smashville” to travel North to Minnesota for a game with the Wild. The Predators offense looked electrifying in this game, where 4 different players scored at least 1 goal. Filip Forsberg, Tanner Jeannot, and Roman Josi all notched 1 goal; while Ryan Johansen scored twice in an offensive showcase. This game also gave fans a look at the Preds back-up goalie, Connor Ingram, who had a very solid save percentage of 94% in his road outing. Nashville entered this matchup with a record of 2-4. They needed to display at least some kind of fight in this game to be taken seriously, and they showed way more desire to win than they had in any game prior to it.

Two days after their triumphant win in Minnesota, the Preds came back home to “Smashville” to put on a defensive clinic against the Sharks of San Jose. The Predators went back to their usual starting goalie, Juuse Saros, for this outing, and he looked like a superstar against the Sharks. Saros achieved a save percentage of over 96% in this game, allowing only 1 goal on 29 total shot attempts by San Jose. Even though this game was predominantly a defensive spectacle, Nashville still provided a spark on the offensive side as well. Matt Duchene, Filip Forsberg, and Mikael Granlund all chipped in by scoring a goal in the Predators’ 3-1 victory.

Both of these games, accompanied by an overtime win against the Islanders, give signs that “Smashville” is far from the bottom of the league. The Nashville Predators won their road game against the Wild by showing that they have the ability to be an offensive juggernaut. Then, Nashville comes out in their next game against San Jose, and shows that they can be a defensive powerhouse when they play to their full potential. After dominantly winning 2 games in varying ways, the Predators also showed that they can claw their way to victory in a close game by taking down the Islanders in an overtime fight. Every game in the NHL is different, so it is a phenomenal signal to see that Nashville is able to be productive in multiple ways.

Now that they are battle tested, the Preds need to keep going into each game with the mentality that they have something to prove. This tall task begins on the road tonight, when “Smashville” goes to Calgary to battles with the Flames.

The Preds have had ups and downs, just like every other team in hockey, but this win streak has shown that they are able to win games in many different ways. Not every team in the NHL is versatile enough to win games at a high clip, whether it’s an offensive slugfest or a defensive grind. So, “Smashville” definitely has a special team this year. Now they just need to keep on clawing their way to special victories, and avoid becoming complacent on the ice.

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