To celebrate Ryan Ellis' 500th NHL game and Viktor Arvidsson's 300th, the Predators decided to come together at last and snap the six-game losing streak on Saturday in St. Louis, defeating the Blues 4-2.
11 different Preds recorded points tonight- Filip Forsberg (20 seconds into the game), Mattias Ekholm, Colton Sissons, and Calle Jarnkrok had the goals. In just his second NHL game, Mathieu Olivier recorded his very first point, providing the primary assist on Sissons' rebound goal. Not only that, but Juuse Saros only let two goals past him on 26 shots for a .923 save percentage, which should help boost his unappealing .888 season save percentage.
The Preds blew it out of the water with shots tonight. In the first period alone, they hammered 22 on Jordan Binnington while only giving up nine on Saros. It was nice to see a first period that wasn't utterly lackadaisical. They finished the night with 43 shots, compared to the Blues' 26.
The Preds weren't able to tally a power play goal tonight and only killed off two of the Blues' three power plays. It's not an ideal ratio, but it's certainly better than killing off zero of the three Canucks' power plays on Thursday. Tonight's special teams probably won't make much of a dent in that last-place penalty kill, but it's a start.
Ellis and Roman Josi recorded the highest on-ice ratings for the night with +3 apiece. Dan Hamhuis and Matt Irwin *cough cough* were the only Preds players to record negative ratings, both with a -2.
The Preds will complete the home-and-home on Monday when the Blues come back to Nashville.