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Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes 4/17/21: The Opposite of Surging

The Preds stumbled a bit on Thursday night.

Nashville Predators v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

Nashville Predators

I’ll say it once and I’ll probably repeat myself. The Predators cannot seem to get it together against the Hurricanes this season. The Canes were once an unexciting, boring team...not so much these days.

A weak second period was all it took for Nashville to drop their first of two against Carolina. Will they come out stronger tonight?

I’m really loving Tanner Jeannot in the lineup. He’s an absolute bull, running into anyone and everyone and contributing by shooting the puck and mixing it up in front of the net. It’s just a matter of time before Jeannot becomes a regular part of Nashville’s fourth line.

Further, I will certainly accept more shorthanded goals from Erik Haula.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have come out as victors in all five matchups against Nashville this season, so they don’t have too much to worry about tonight.

Goaltender Petr Mrazek was excellent, saving 18 of 19 shots with a very nice .950 Sv%.

Vincent Trocheck remains hot—he added another goal Thursday. He has 7 points in his last 5 games (3 goals, 4 assists).

Reasons to Watch

  • Response. The Predators need to respond after a rough second period on Thursday that ultimately cost them the game.
  • While Carolina is not a favorable matchup for Nashville in the playoffs (if Nashville qualifies), the Predators cannot seem to get it together against the Canes. Ugh.

Tonight’s Theme Song

How to Watch

Hey! Another early puck drop, again at 6:00 Central. BSSO has the broadcast and 102.5 The Game will have the radio call.