By Taylor Parks
The Nashville Predators traveled North to face Central Division rival Minnesota Wild. This was the first of a home and home matchup against the Wild with valuable points on the line for both teams. Mikael Granlund got the scoring started at 7:34 of the first period with a nice one-time goal from right in the middle of the ice. PK Subban evened things up with a “Subban=ish” goal that some how trickled in past Devan Dubnyk. Granlund would tally again minutes later on a nice Power Play goal. In the second period, Matt Dumba put Miikka Salomaki in a spin cycle with a nice dangle, and finished off with a nice wrister. The Predators showed signs of life in the third with Kyle Turris sniping a slap shot on the power play before Granlund finished things off in the final seconds with an empty netter and hat trick goal. The Wild won by a score of 4-2.
Three Things We Learned
Lets be honest here, if not for Rinne the Predators might have gotten run out of the building. Rinne was a bright spot in a otherwise lackadaisical effort from the men in gold. Rinne will undoubtedly have some well earned rest tomorrow night when the Predators host these same Wild tomorrow night.
Oh Sweet Prince
Something very well might be wrong with our beloved Prince. Forsberg was absent for the last half of the third period. No apparent play resulted in #9’s absence, and at the time of writing this, no injury is known. Forsberg has been quiet as of late after his hot start, but the Preds can ill afford to lose him for a significant amount of time.
Bad Taste in the Mouth
That wasn’t pretty…at all. Preds looked flat in the first two periods, and showed signs of life too late. This Preds team is tricky, but it’s not unfamiliar. Much like last year’s team, the Preds just seem to take periods/games off. Whether it is intentional or not, they have a track record of putting together some sloppy play at times. Even during their 16-2-2 streak, there were times were they seemed flat. It’s a long season, so maybe the rest will come in handy much like last year. Expect the team to be back to their focused play tomorrow night, hopefully just in time for the return of #4 next week.