Preds continue homestretch homestand, host Devils at Bridgestone Arena
by Jackson Walsh
These past few games have been marvelous for the Predators faithful. 1,320 plus victories for the Zenmaster of GM’s, David Poile. 10 straight wins after upending Western Conference rival Anaheim Ducks. First place in the Central Division and Western Conference and in a tight race for the President’s trophy. Lots of horns blaring, “I Like it, I Love it” to follow defines them all. This jovial jubilation the Predators hope to continue tomorrow night as they host the New Jersey Devils.
As has been the case with many of the Preds recent contests, this opponent too is a hungry playoff contender. The Devils are in the hotbed that the Predators themselves are used to, in the first Wild Card spot fighting for good positioning come playoff time. They stand, at 76 points, just one point above Columbus and three points above outlier Florida for the top Wild Card spot in the East.
The inconsistency of the Devils this year shows heavily in their record and in their current streak, only winning 4 of their last 10 and recently falling to Preds rival Winnipeg 3-2 Thursday night. Can the Preds continue to break away?
The Predators found a way to win Sunday vs. Colorado after falling behind, Tuesday vs. Dallas after a tight scrum which ended in a 2-0 victory, and Thursday vs. Anaheim after the Ducks controlled the third and would not let up down three goals to start the period. This team has found ways to win, can we do it again? Stay tuned.
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