Nashville Predators Rekindle Their Fire In Recent Victory

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 01: Goalie Juuse Saros #74 of the Nashville Predators plays against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on January 01, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators have gotten back to their winning ways against the Chicago Blackhawks this past Saturday. On the first day of 2022, Smashville got back on track with an emphatic 6 – 1 victory over their divisional foe. In the Preds previous 2 games, after the Christmas schedule break, they lost both games on the road. The first game back was in Washington against the Capitals, and the second was in Columbus versus the Blue Jackets. However, the win against Chicago on Saturday was a way of shifting the Preds momentum to where they had it prior to the Christmas break taking place.

Saturday’s win over the Blackhawks currently has Smashville back in 2nd place in the Central Division. The Predators had another strong outing from the goalie position in this game from Juuse Saros. Chicago only scored 1 goal on 38 attempted shots, resulting in an incredibly impressive 37 saves from the star goaltender. Saros’ 97% save rate in this game was extremely impressive, just like his form the majority of the season has been. As usual, the Predators defense was fantastic, but the special factor was that they were finally able to get their offensive firepower back on full display.

Out of the 6 total goals the Preds scored on Saturday, they ended up having 5 different players chip into the scoring column. Nick Cousins, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi all scored 1 goal a piece, while Tanner Jeannot put the puck in the back of the net twice. This variety of different scoring threats gives an example of the amount of versatility that the Smashville roster possesses. If the Predators are able to keep their offense in this form, then they will be able to make a legitimate run at bringing the Stanley Cup to Smashville for the first time in the team’s history.

Overall, the Nashville Predators are well-above where they were projected to be at this point in the season, by most hockey analysts. Although, the Preds will need to keep the same level of offensive intensity they had on Saturday, for the rest of the NHL year, if they are going to make a case at being champions. Smashville has had a rollercoaster season up to this point, but things may finally be starting to click at the right moment for the Preds.

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