That's more like it. Upon their return to Nashville since Tuesday's tornado, the Predators shut out the Stars 2-0 at home.
The Preds avenged not only the destructive storm, but also the crushing Winter Classic loss in Dallas on New Year's Day. Last night's decisive, unquestionable victory over the Central Division juggernaut bounced the Preds from a three-game losing skid and gave Juuse Saros his third shutout in less than two months.
Better yet, both Preds' goals came on the power play- putting them at 2/4 on the night, while holding Dallas to 0/4. The Preds have notoriously struggled against Dallas' Anton Khudobin, but Saros ultimately bested him last night.
Filip Forsberg's smile after scoring the first goal said it all, really. The cathartic feeling of getting the first lamp-lighter in Nashville since the tornado shone on Forsberg's face. Struggling since October, Matt Duchene notched his first goal since Feb. 15- only his fifth in 2020.
Saros' win is even more impressive when you realize the Stars had a seven-shot advantage over the Preds in high-danger chances. The Preds scored on two of their five HDCF, while Dallas failed to get one of their 12 past Saros. Stars' forward Tyler Seguin and defenseman Miro Heiskanen were held to zero shots- the team's first and third-highest shooting skaters, respectively. Additionally, Seguin took home Dallas' highest Corsi Against total- meaning the Preds capitalized heavily on a weak defensive effort by Seguin.
With the win last night, the Preds extended the Stars' losing streak to a fourth game. The Wild won last night as well, which put them one point ahead of the Preds in the standings and at least temporarily bumped the Preds out of a Wild Card position. Now tied with Winnipeg, Arizona, and Vancouver at 74 points, it goes without saying the Preds absolutely cannot afford to let off the gas for the next month. They play the Stars again tomorrow afternoon in Dallas, which would be a perfect time to make a statement about who belongs in the playoffs. Boys?