Preds Squash Ducks, Welcome Avs Tuesday
Another exciting chapter of the great Preds-Duck rivalry concluded last night in stellar fashion for the boys in gold. The Nashville Predators (17-6-1, 35 points) and Austin Watson’s hat trick, solidly dominated the Anaheim Ducks (10-10-5, 25 points) by a final score of 5-2.
It proved to be a strong comeback from a disastrous Friday night in St. Louis where the Preds got drubbed by the Blues 6-2 in our worst loss of the season. It was also a welcome slot for Watson on the top line taking over for the injured Viktor Arvidsson.
The third line is still contributing well as Bonino found the back of the net and combined with Colton Sissons for one goal and three assists on the night. Every line is still finding ways to compete despite some big injuries. Most recently Kyle Turris was placed on IR after leaving Friday’s contest following a brutal cross check. This led to Calle Jarnkrok moving up to the 2nd line and not missing a beat. The depth at center for this team is one of its greatest strengths.
Coming up the Preds get to spar with the Avalanche again. The Preds are riding a rather impressive five-game home winning streak. The Avs’ Mikko Rantanen became the league’s leading scorer with the first and game-winning goal against Dallas Saturday.
Both teams can score, being second and fifth in the league with 86 and 81 goals respectively. The Predators handily won the first contest 4-1 back on November 7 when Colton Sissons had his second career hat trick. All in all, every game has had a good offensive showing since last year’s Quarterfinals from one of the two teams.
Bottom line: watch out for the Avalanche. They’ve been known to play their “A” game.