Preds rebuttal last night against the Rangers with a 5-3 Win in a high intensity offensive boat-race. In my opinion that was one of the best eye candy games Nashville has offered us since the 5-1 Win against the Blackhawks. It seemed all cylinders were clicking from Goaltending to defense to offense. James Neal scored two goals last night. Craig Smith scored a goal and Filip Forsberg is reclaiming the title "Scoresberg" extending his point streak to five games. Ryan Ellis had an amazing slap-shot that in my opinion was one of the top goals of the night. Nashville's 3-Stars of the night were James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, and Roman Josi.
Tonight the Preds will face the St. Louis Blues for the 3rd time this season. The first two games Nashville lost but the Preds will be looking to change the series 1-2 against St. Louis. The Preds will be looking to take names tonight, adding Fisher back into their lineup for his second game since his return. Forsberg will be looking to extend his point streak to 6 games and Mike Ribeiro will be looking to add to his four game point streak.
As I'm writing this, the Preds have yet to release the line-ups for tonight but I am split whether or not they should play Carter Hutton or not in between the pipes or keep King Pekka guarding the gates. Pekka is on fire in my opinion and the team seems to have reclaimed some of their momentum so it might be best to keep everything the same. On the other hand Carter Hutton could bring uncertainty to the Blues forwards since he has not played between the pipes yet against the Blues. Either way I will trust Coach Laviolette and his coaching staff on whatever decision they make.
I believe tonight is an uber important game for the Preds to make a big statement in St. Louis to prove that we are true contenders for the rest of the season. We've already proven that of late we are unstoppable when facing top teams. Examples: Preds beating The Blackhawks, Wild, Canadiens, and Rangers. If we could add the Blues now to that list, we can go into Dallas Thursday with confidence facing the #1 team in the league right now.
Expect Mike Fisher to come out swinging as he always does. Forsberg looking to prove he's a top forward in the league. Ribeiro will want to extend his point streak. Jackman will be crucial against his former teammates and I believe Colin Wilson is due for another goal tonight.
Happy Game day Smashville and GO PREDS!