Preds Bring Home Cooking for Thanksgiving: Top Lightning and Blues
by Jackson Walsh
Happy Thanksgiving Preds Legion! Hope all of our readers and their families have a wonderful day of thankfulness, and add to the list a thanks to the Nashville Predators (16-5-1, 33 points) for two wins over the Eastern Conference-best Lightning and the always fun rival St. Louis Blues.
A few great things happened in these games. Matty Ekholm tried to make his case for being the third string goal tender with an incredible clear in the goal crease to preserve the 3-2 victory over the Bolts, then Gaudreau, Watson, and Ellis netted their first goals of the season in a convincing 4-1 win over St. Louis in round one before we take off to Scottrade Center tomorrow amidst the leftovers.
And let’s not forget the big man Filip Forsberg, continuing to pioneer this stacked offense capping off a good night with a big breakaway and a snapper by Jake Allen to notch a shorthanded goal on the night. The firm beating of the Blues was new head coach Craig Berube’s inaugural loss after the firing of Mike Yeo.
Then another big man: Pekka Rinne. 320 wins, the most of any Finnish goaltender to ever play the game. Is there anything this guy can’t do? The reigning Vezina trophy winning giant remained strong between the pipes, denying 28 of 29 shots on goal and rocking a .944 save percentage on the season. Glad to see his form hasn’t been interrupted by his brief stint on the IR after colliding with Kevin Fiala in Calgary on October 19.
After visiting the Blues for the holidays, we have quite the homestand next week. Anaheim, Colorado, Arizona, then the inaugural meeting the Dead Hawks, dah I mean Blackhawks. It’s Thanksgiving, I gotta be nice.
Anyways, if I were to look ahead, Colorado and Anaheim pose the biggest threat so we could be looking at 2-2-0 or 2-1-1 the rest of the way, though 4-0-0 isn’t impossible if we keep scoring like we are.