Nashville Still Alive in Wild Card Race After Recent Winning Streak
After an embarrassing 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Nashville Predators put together an impressive three game winning streak that included wins over the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues.
In their first home game since February 1st, the Predators dominated the New York Islanders 5-0 on Thursday night. Craig Smith had his first career hat trick and Juuse Saros kept the high powered Islanders' offense off the board. This isn't the first time the Preds have had their way with the Islanders as back in December, Nashville dismantled New York 8-3 at Nassau Coliseum.
The Predators went back on the road for one game to take on division foe St. Louis where they took down the Blues 4-3. The Preds had the lead for the majority of the game but after an impressive three goal performance in the 2nd period by St. Louis the game was tied. Nashville regrouped and early in the 3rd period Mikael Granlund scored on the power-play which ended up being the game winning goal.
The next night on national television the Predators and the Blues squared off again but this time at Bridgestone Arena. It was a heavyweight battle for sixty minutes but the Predators completed their season sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 2-1 victory. Kyle Turris, who is in a contract year, sniped one home late in the 3rd period and Nashville would hold the lead for the rest of the game. Turris struggled last season to produce and many thought he would be traded before the deadline, but he's showing he wants to stay in the 615 for a little while longer with a goal like that.
Nashville will take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Bridgestone Arena. The puck-drop is scheduled for 7:00 P.M.