It’s hard to fathom the roll the Nashville Predators have been on the past 20 games. After starting the season 5-5-2, the Preds have steamrolled their way to the top of the Western Conference going 16-2-2 in the previous 20 contests, including an ugly yet convincing win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. The Predators, once again, relied on stellar play from their goaltender and a strong 2nd period to prevail 2-0 over the Flames. The Predators tallied goals from Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala, who has been especially hot as of late. Pekka Rinne added 32 saves to record the Predators 2nd consecutive shutout.
Things We Learned During this Road Trip
154 minutes and 59 seconds
That’s how long it has been since the Predator’s have heard the opponent’s goal horn. Quite impressive considering this has been accomplished by both Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros. You have to also give credit to the defensive group in front of them too. They looked shaky early on, but they are using their big bodies to make it difficult on the opposition.
The FiTS Line
Fiala, Turris and Smith, I now refer to as the “FiTS” line because they are giving their opponents fits. Ever since the addition of Turris a little over a month ago, this has arguably been one of the best lines in the NHL. With Fiala and Smith’s speed on the outside, and Turris’s passing and vision, this line looks unstoppable, and they don’t look to slow down anytime soon.
The Road Ahead
Being an NHL fan is a difficult task. Our team has won 16 of the past 20, and we are supposed to be pleased right? I am, don’t get me wrong, but the upcoming stretch of hockey is going to be one of the most important of the entire season. The Preds have upcoming games against Jets, Stars, Blues, Wild (twice), Golden Knights, Kings, and Oilers all in less than a month. You can’t expect this team to continue to win sixteen of twenty, but the Preds can’t afford to become complacent over this next month.