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Nashville Predators 3, St. Louis Blues 1: For The First Time this Season, A Winning Streak

The Predators build their first winning streak of the season against Carter Hutton and the Blues.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Nashville Predators managed to win their second consecutive game, building their first winning streak of the season. Carter Hutton got the start in goal at Bridgestone Arena, this time as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

The Predators looked out of sync for much of the first period. This team is wildly inconsistent, something that has bitten them in the rear several times this season. Jaden Schwartz gets the Blues on the board to take a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game.

The Predators spent the first half of the second period in their own zone as the Blues had their way with the team in gold. Unable to capitalize on the 5-on-3, the Predators look all sorts of confused on the ice. Several bad passes, turnovers, and missed opportunities and its not looking good. Calle Jarnkrok decided enough was enough and drove home a beautiful wrister to tie the game 1-1.

The Predators looked like a different team in the third period. Mike Ribeiro set up James Neal with beautiful pass and Neal drove it home to run the Preds lead to 2-1. Moments later, Calle Jarnkrok slipped one by Hutton to give the Preds a two goal lead.

That was all Nashville needed. Pekka Rinne played a great game in net with 23 saves on the night.

Random Observations

  • The captain is back!
  • That Blues goaltender looks an awful lot like Cart...hey wait a minute
  • The Predators are spending way too much time in their own zone. They are playing like a team that has never played together before
  • GREAT kick save by Pekka. He has been on his game as of late, and the way the Predators offense has been playing he can’t afford not to be
  • Jarnkrok gets the scoring started with a beauty of a wrist shot and no shut out for Hutton
  • James Neal is red hot right now, can he rub Forsberg’s head for luck?
  • Pontus Aberg gets his first NHL point! I swear he and Arvidsson are twins
  • Jarnkrok does it again! He is playing lights out tonight
  • Forsberg may not be able to score any goals, but man is he racking up the assists
  • Viktor Arvidsson has to be the hockey equivalent of a heart attack
  • Hey thanks for having me guys

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Calle Jarnkrok - two goals on the night for the Swede. He doubled his point total tonight alone and gave the Preds a shot in the arm when they were appearing lethargic.
  2. James Neal - three goals in three games for the “real deal.” He has been Nashville’s best offensive player over the last week and hopefully he keeps up this scoring pace while Johansen and Forsberg figure things out.
  3. Pekka Rinne - he has been the team’s best player over their last four games. During that timespan, Rinne has saved 110 of the 116 shots he’s faced for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and a save percentage of .948.

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