Nashville hosted another Central Division foe on Friday afternoon. They would face the Jets without Ryan Ellis who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Matt Irwin received the nod to play alongside Roman Josi on the top pair. Quite the honor for a player who started the season in Milwaukee.
Bitetto returned to the lineup and made his presence felt with a booming hit in the first handful of minutes. The teams traded mild chances before Dustin Byfuglien shot a puck off Colin Wilson’s stick that completely fooled Rinne and put the Jets up 1-0 after the first period.
The Predators shook off their Thanksgiving rust in the second period by tallying three different times. Fisher dished two nice passes that were finished off by Wilson and Johansen, respectively.
A Predators game once again turned chippy when Brandon Tanev boarded Colton Sissons and sat down for five minutes in the penalty. Nashville looked lost on that man advantage until a puck luckily bounces off a Winnipeg defender into the net in order to give the Predators a 3-1 lead after two periods of play.
Fisher and Wilson could not be stopped tonight. They combined again for the Predators third power play goal of the night to open the final frame.
Sissons and Neal did not return for the third period, but the Predators didn’t miss a step as Johansen found the net again from the high slot at the 8:15 mark.
And the Predators have another convincing win in the books.
Nashville will rematch against the Jets at their place Sunday at 12:00 CT.
- Anthony Bitteto with a big hit in the first period. Nice addition to have back in the lineup.
- Pucks to the face make me cringe.
- Pekka Rinne was just knocked completely over by the puck. Anything is possible.
- Rinne isn’t playing the position very conventional so far.
- Arvidsson is getting crushed tonight. But naturally, he fights on.
- Ekholm likes to make defensive highlights face-first on the ice.
- Wilson and Fisher making sweet, sweet music on the ice.
- I don’t know why people call assists apples, but Fisher has two apples.
- Boarding checks also make me cringe if we’re keeping track.
- The Predators were awful on the 5-min man advantage. They scored at the end, but still.
- Entirely too many Big Mac’s lately.
- Frosty time, kids
- Nashville hasn’t played many close games this season.
- Lost in the shuffle, but another good game from No. 35.
OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Mike Fisher- He showed off his playmaking skill in the second frame to take the Predators from a goal down to a lead in just 68 seconds. He repeated his assist prowess early in the third with ANOTHER dish to Wilson.
- Colin Wilson- He continues to be at the top of his game even if the statistics aren’t showing it. He did buck that trend, however, and tallied two goals after a couple of nice sequences with Fisher. Wilson’s speed and skill has been on display for much of the season
- Mattias Ekholm- He may not be on the stat sheet, but Ekholm saved the Predators multiple times by diving on his stomach to break up a Jets’ attack. Offense is overrated.
Tweets of the Night
Prior to the goal Wilson pulled off his signature (only) move he knows when entering the zone. pic.twitter.com/REXYoSOFym— Mark Harris (@MCHisTweeting) November 26, 2016
Mattias Ekholm on defense tonight has been all like. pic.twitter.com/yyPxRJBtS5— Justin Bradford (@justinbbradford) November 26, 2016
I'm really glad fans got the Thrashers/Predators rivalry they always wanted— Link (@3DLink) November 26, 2016
The Preds are better than the Jets. Thanks for calling in— J.R. Lind (@jrlind) November 26, 2016