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Winnipeg Jets 3, Nashville Predators 0: Preds Can’t Solve Hellebuyck

A sub-par second period and a hot goalie doom the Preds

NHL: Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

The Preds may have lost his second start of the season, but Juuse Saros looks to have solidified his position as back up goaltender (and goaltender of the future) for Nashville. Several call-ups from Milwaukee also filled in today for Ryan Ellis, James Neal, and Colton Sissons, and comported themselves rather impressively.

Despite outshooting the Jets 11-4 in the first period, and 42-24 over the course of the game, once the Predators failed to convert on a double minor from a Mark Stuart high sticking call, the fate of the game was all but decided. Due to a sleepy second period resulting in a goal from a Drew Stafford wrap-around (followed by a brilliant Saros stop on another wrap-around attempt) the writing was on the wall.

Overall, it was a good effort, even if the result wasn’t what we wanted. Any time the Preds can get out of Manitoba without losing players to injury is a good day.

Random Observations

  • How many offensive zone penalties can be doled out during this game?
  • Fiala-Ribeiro-Smith is a nightmare defensively
  • I’m pretty happy with the third defense pair, and Irwin hasn’t looked too bad with Josi
  • I didn’t realize until this game that Laine is a massive human being
  • Speaking of massive, someone go save Fiala from himself
  • Meh. Saros can’t do it all, guys.
  • The Preds aren’t beating Hellebuyck today.
  • A second empty netter? But why??

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Juuse Saros. Little Bear needs to stay with us forever
  2. Kevin Fiala. He didn’t do much, but I have to give props to him for looking Byfuglien in the eye (as much as he could, given the height difference).
  3. Connor Hellebuyck. He won this game for the Jets, so I’ll give him some stars props.

Tweets of the Game