by Jackson Walsh
It was a game that was easy like Sunday morning…..well, it technically was Sunday morning. Early puck drop meant low traffic, early end time, and the Nashville Predators being victorious once again 4-0 over the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena.
The game was win number 301 for Pekka Rinne, who stopped all 27 St. Louis shots he faced in the contest. The victory gives Nashville (38-14-9, 85 points) a slim lead in the Central Division, while St. Louis (34-25-4, 72 points) are currently one point out of playoff contention sitting behind Anaheim for the West’s second wild card spot.
Nashville got the lamp lit early 4:45 into the first period on a nifty power play goal on a shot from the right wing by Colton Sissons to go up 1-0. Nashville with this goal would go for 1 for 2 with the man advantage.
The Predators were not done in the first period as at 14:21 Kevin Fiala caught a long pass from Craig Smith and hit the crossbar for a top shelf goal past Jake Allen that put the Preds up 2-0.
Scott Hartnell then 1:20 into the second would do what he does best and get the puck in the net by simply getting involved with the play. Off a blue line shot in front of the net by Ryan Ellis, Calle Jarnkrok set it in front and went off the skate of Hartnell into the back of the net. 3-0 Nashville.
St. Louis went an underwhelming 0 for 5 on the man advantage, but one opportunity would result in a short–handed goal off the stick of Austin Watson on a breakaway to bring us to the final score. 4-0 Predators.
While not without it’s high-octane moments, this seemed to be an easy ride to the finish for the Nashville Predators, who need all the points they can get to get that first Central Division banner. Winnipeg isn’t slowing down, so neither are the Preds. Next please. And what do you know, they got a date with the Jets.
Tuesday night in Winnipeg. A crucial game to get that big two points.