Red Hot Predators Tied for First In The Division
After having a lot of questions to answer after their loss to the Florida Panthers, the Nashville Predators stormed back onto the ice and have gained some real momentum from their current four game winning streak.
The winning streak started against the Anaheim Ducks at home where the Predators won 6-1. Pekka Rinne earned the first star of the night with only one goal allowed and 26 saves. Roman Josi scored on the power play and Mattias Ekholm had an unassisted shorthanded goal.
Nashville continued their dominance over the Minnesota Wild with a 4-0 shutout of their central division rival. That shutout was Pekka Rinne's first of the season and the depth of the Preds showed out in this one as well. Mikka Salomaki and Craig Smith both scored their first goals of the season.
The Predators then hit the road to go play the Tampa Bay Lightning. It took an extra period for a winner to be decided, but the Preds were able to defeat the Lightning 3-2 in overtime. Ryan Ellis netted the game winner and Juuse Saros got his first win of the year. This is arguably the biggest win of the season for Nashville who was 1-2 on the road before this game.
Nashville returned home to extend their winning streak to four when they shutout the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0. Nick Bonino had his first hat trick with the franchise, and it was the first natural hat-trick by a Predator since Filip Forsberg in 2017. Pekka Rinne had 20 saves and now has back to back shutouts.
The next game for Nashville will be at 7:00 PM at home against the Calgary Flames on October 31st.