by Jackson Walsh
Overall, the Nashville Predators have started their season with an unusual bang. For a team that generally has an up and down October to start out, this 5-1-0 start through the first six games has been very refreshing as the team looks to focus their minds on another Stanley Cup run. The one blemish though, the humbling 3-0 loss to Calgary at home, was significantly bad. Tons of penalties, 42 shots and no goals, and a very disappointing effort. The Preds play them again tomorrow night and have a chance for 2 more points and redemption.
The teams remain red hot since that game a week and a half ago, being a combined 8-1-0 since, the Predators recently downing the Wild 4-2 Tuesday and the Flames toppling over the Bruins 5-2 Wednesday. The only notable injury between the two clubs is Flames center Dillon Dube who is uncertain to play. Both teams are winning, healthy, and most of all scoring. Calgary currently sits at 6th in the league with 23 goals with Nashville in 13th with 19 goals scored.
The scoring doesn’t seem to be in any danger for dwindling down any time soon between these two clubs, with Filip Forsberg already tallying 4 goals and other hot rods like Viktor Arvidsson (3 goals) and Craig Smith (2 goals) having notable point-earning performances. For Calgary, the players to watch for right out of the gate is the ridiculously talented trio of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Elias Lindholm who have combined for 11 of the teams goals.
Mike Smith had an unbelievable 42- shot shutout of the Preds last time out, so on the defensive side, expect him and Rinne to keep lamp lighting and fan jumping to a minimum between them. One penalty or lucky shot could very well be the difference between these two win-hungry clubs.