- It’s Saros time! It’s the first time all season someone other than Pekka Rinne starts the first half of a back to back.
- McCleod is mixing it up early and often. So much so that we get some four-on-four. Sometimes I’d like to turn them down in exchange for a penalty.
- Heel James Neal! Off a rebound from Bitetto in the slot! Maybe four-on-four isn’t so bad.
- Calgary is bad at preventing goals in the first period and Nashville is bad at scoring them. It’s the movable object versus stoppable force conundrum.
- Arvidsson’s work as a screen is really underrated. He’s smaller than Hornqvist but just as immovable.
- Saros makes such calm saves. He does look like a Hungry Hungry Hippo sometimes, though.
- Stu singing the praises of Matt Irwin. The rare thing on which we agree.
- And then he takes a delay of game penalty while they’re yammering on about what’s the name for child of a cousin.
- Aaaaand a 5-on-3 during what’s been a pretty good kill. Maybe they should be a bit less aggressive in offensive zone pressure after the clear.
- I think Ellis and Ekholm killed off 90% of those combined powerplays combined with the goaltending of Based Saros.
- Some of the forwards on this team cheat offensively way too much. It leads to an extended defensive zone shift for rookie Alex Carrier.
- Arvidsson takes what looked like an elbow up high and the Predators get a powerplay, with which they do exactly bupkis.
- Preds made a trade during the game! Goodbye Max Görtz and your difficult to pronounce last name.
- There has been a lot of physicality during the past two games. I’m not opposed to Austin Watson’s recently discovered role as go-to face puncher since he can also skate and score goals some times.
- Ellis on the breakaway from Zolnierczyk. We all had that, right?
- Bitetto takes a dumb penalty after his stick breaks, but I’m sure it was satisfying.
- Calgary is ranked 11th in powerplay percentage but the pairing of Ellis and Ekholm are doing work, as well as some stellar saves from Saros.
- Somehow Neal whacks at the puck with one hand and gets a shot on goal. Just sniper things.
- Engelland really loves the box. Let’s see if the Predators powerplay can look any more effective than before.
- They score!! Ellis bomb, Arvidsson screen, us short people will rule the earth one day.
- Carrier’s facial hair makes him look extra French.
- Lots of hustle to beat icings, which is nice to see, especially from players not known for their footspeed.
- While the Preds have been a bit scrambly in their own zone, they’ve been able to cycle and keep up pressure for long periods of time in the offensive zone.
- Frosties from Forsberg! After a lot of defensive zone work and a great play by Arvidsson at the line, Arvidsson feeds Forsberg for a breakaway.
- Saros is moving out and Pekka Rinne has empty nest syndrome.
- Johansen takes a slashing penalty and then Giordano does the same (stop me if you’ve heard this before) on a great hustle play by Arvidsson.
- Johansen gets his third minor of the night on another tripping call. While I’d request the Flames be a little stronger on their skates, Johansen should be more careful with his stick.
- The Flames finally get on the board on the last powerplay and Johansen takes a quick minute to acknowledge Saros.
- Then Frolik scores! But nope, they’re waving it off. Let’s see. Now a challenge! I’m really tired of watching refs on headsets.
- Goal counts. Whatever.
- Empty net for the Flames with just under three minutes to go. Hold on to your butts.
- 4-3 with 47 seconds to go thanks to Sean Monahan who first slashed Mike Fisher and then scored.
- After way too many icings, the Predators hang on to the win.
OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game
- Viktor Arvidsson. He was all over the place, drawing penalties and just being a joy to watch.
- Ryan Ellis. Two goals for the human rocketship and no small amount of penalty killing. His beard looked extra shiny.
- Juuse Saros. He really kept the team in it during their stretches of weak defensive zone play and way too many penalties. He deserved a shut out.
Tweets of the Game
Congrats to #Preds captain Mike Fisher, his 300th NHL assist.— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) January 20, 2017
While he is on the ice I have a simple question: Mike Ribeiro— Admirals Roundtable (@adsroundtable) January 20, 2017
Saros is on these pucks like a on salmon— Link (@3DLink) January 20, 2017
Trade: #Preds acquire defenseman Andrew O'Brien in exchange for forward Max Gortz. https://t.co/hSXNIIbL7U— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) January 20, 2017
If the Flames had scored by 8:30 p.m., a fan would've won a car. Instead, Ryan Ellis does. No car.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 20, 2017
Deryk Engelland, 2 minutes for confusing your autocorrect.— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) January 20, 2017
At this point the defense is playing so well that when Josi and Subban get back…— Frank The Turtle (@LavysTurtle) January 20, 2017
F#*k it. They’re forwards now. #preds
Phew. W. #Preds top the Flames 4-3. Nashville now 21-17-7, 49 points, 2nd Wild Card spot. Edmonton tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VRlNR3FWVO— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) January 20, 2017