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The Week That Was: Chapter 17

An abbreviated week because of the bye, an old friend returns to fire up the crowd, and still no power play goals in a while.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It seemed like a while since the Nashville Predators were on the ice, because, well, it was. After going more than a full week since their last game, the Preds returned to action Friday for a back-to-back set that made up the entirety of the schedule for this week.

With a win at Florida after a four-goal outburst in the third period, the fellas returned to Smashville for a Saturday-night tilt with the Dallas Stars, who are playing well as of late and hovering above the cutoff for a playoff spot.

Jordin Tootoo celebrated his birthday in Nashville and held the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. Ryan Hartman must’ve found some inspiration, fighting Esa Lindell and firing up the crowd on the way to the penalty box.

Filip Forsberg wowed the crowd with his puck-handling mastery, though none of the good from the first two periods carried over to the third as the Stars struck twice late to down the Preds 3-1. They’ll have to return to Nashville on Thursday, however, to try that again.

On a more somber front, Austin Watson was placed in the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse Program and suspended indefinitely as a result. Here’s to him getting the help he needs.

The Fast Money Round

Friday: Predators 4, Florida Panthers 1

A not-so-good start led to a very good finish.

Saturday: Dallas Stars 3, Predators 1

Welcome back, Toots. Too bad a good start led to a not-so-good finish for ya, bud. (Also: if this is a first-round playoff series, sign me up.)

Player of the Week

I originally wanted to put Viktor Arvidsson here, but as always I reserved the right to change my mind and instead his linemate gets the honors. It wasn’t the magical puck handling that did it for Filip Forsberg, but boy it sure didn’t hurt.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
Right before Heel Filip Forsberg activated.
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Favorite Thing of the Week

Stat of the Week

As of the end of the game on Saturday night, your Nashville Predators are dead last in the NHL on the power play.

This week’s grade

Three good periods and three bad periods. Dallas gaining a little ground didn’t help, either. It all averages out to be, well, average. This week’s grade: C+

Poll

Who’s your Player of the Week for Week 17?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Filip Forsberg
    (2 votes)
  • 35%
    Viktor Arvidsson
    (7 votes)
  • 55%
    Juuse Saros
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (0 votes)
20 votes total Vote Now