by Taylor Parks
The Predators made their way to Vancouver to play their first game after an extended lay off. Undoubtedly, the Preds had revenge on their mind having lost to the Canucks just 13 days prior.
It only took 93 seconds for Nashville to make a statement, as PK Subban scored off a deflected puck off a Vancouver defenseman. It was PK’s first point after being held pointless in the past few games.
In the interest of time, let’s just say things got out of hand quickly. The Predators would receive goals from Subban (2), Arvidsson, Forsberg, Smith, Fiala, and Jarnkrok on their way to a 7-1 thumping of the Canucks. This game would count as season highs for the Predators in goals, and shots on goals, 7 and 48 respectively. The Predators have a quick turnaround as they travel to Edmonton to complete the 2nd match up of their back to back.
Three Things We Learned
- Pernell-Karl Sylvester Subban Needs to Grab a Lottery Ticket
P.K. must have plucked every four-leaf clover and picked up every heads-up penny from Nashville to Vancouver these past few days. P.K.’s first goal came on a fluke deflection in which the puck clipped the arm of a Vancouver player and fluttered over the goaltender. No doubt a fluke goal, it counts non-the less. Subban’s second was a real thing of beauty. He took a slapper from center ice, turned to skate to the bench, only to hear the cheers from the bench as the puck somehow beat Nilsson. Upon review, P.K.’s shot was going wide as Nilsson went to glove the shot down. The puck tipped off Nilsson’s glove and over his shoulder to tally yet another goal for P.K. It’s better to be lucky than good sometimes, thankfully for the Preds, P.K. was both tonight.
- Offense Overshadows Rinne
Whenever a team scores 7 goals, the offense is obviously going to be in the spotlight, but let’s not forget the wonderful Pekka Rinne tonight. Rinne lead the charge, especially in the early going, to keep this a close game. Even in the late moments of the game, Rinne stayed locked in. Pekka has a well-earned night off tomorrow night in Edmonton after playing one of his best games of the season.
Tomorrow Should Be Fun
Two high powered and early post season picks square off against each other in Edmonton tomorrow night. Like said previously, the Preds will be without Rinne, but both team’s high-powered offenses should make this a fun one.
- P.S. Viktor Arvidsson is a good hockey player.