The Predators are back at it to take on the New York Islanders after a 2-1 win in Chicago last night. This will be the Preds’ first back to back this season, and the first Saturday game on home ice. Expect Bridgestone to be loud.
The New York Islanders are coming off a 6-4 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night breaking the three game win-streak they were previously riding.
The Isles will have a day of rest between games on their side, but the Preds will be looking to capitalize off a huge road win against their arch nemeses.
The New York Islanders
The Isles are 5-4-1 in their first 10 games. Despite having surgery on his hand during the summer, John Tavares is leading the team in goals already with 6 and is tied with Josh Bailey for points each with 10 a piece.
While they’ve had a steady start this season, the Isles down-fall will be their power play. We here at OTF have done plenty of complaining about Nashville’s power play and while yes, cringe-worthy at times, the Islander’s power play is just down-right unbearable.
A power play so bad it’s caused more goals against them than for them. The only other team in the league with a power play that bad is the Buffalo Sabres. Apparently 2⁄3 of New York should just refuse their man advantage.
Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss have been splitting goaltending duties. Neither one posting stellar numbers but Halak has the slight edge with a GAA of 2.72 and a .913 save percentage. The Isles will have their work cut out for them with the Preds defense, but will benefit buy not drawing penalties and playing no-nonsense hockey.
The Nashville Predators
After blowing a two-goal lead at home earlier this week, the Predators found redemption on the road against Chicago last night. Lead by another incredible performance from Pekka Rinne, Nashville is now 5-3-2 in their first 10 contests this season.
Samuel Girard finally made his way back into the line-up last night, and once again proved he’s a good fit for Nashville’s defense. With Ryan Ellis still a few months away from returning, and the third pairing having trouble finding any traction there should be no question about his spot on the team.
The offense has still been slow to start. While Craig Smith and Calle Jarnkrok were both able to find the back of the net against Chicago, the forwards should be producing much more. Relying heavily on Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson makes them targets for other teams defense. Tonight would be a good night for Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala to notch their first goals of the season.
Juuse Saros should be expected to get the start tonight. His first two outings this season haven’t been great but he’s not entirely to blame. He’ll be tested against Tavares and Bailey but as long as the defense covers him, he should have no trouble pulling out his first win of the season.
Reasons to Watch
- Juuse Saros - we haven’t really seen what Saros is capable of yet this season, and tonight is a good chance to get to witness the Little Bear we all know and love pull out his first win.
- G-Unit - Sammy G and Freddie G both in the line-up and setting the bar for the future of Nashville.
- Ryan Johansen - The goal watch is on...anytime now RyJo!
How to Watch
Puck drop is 7:00 PM Central time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports - TN or listen live on 102.5 the Game.