After a tireless offensive effort by the Predators, Roman Josi finally broke through with a diving goal in overtime, beating the Blackhawks 3-2.
Josi's goal was not only his first of the season, but also the first scored by a Preds' defenseman thus far. Josi recorded six shots on the night and the highest ice time of any Preds player. Josi has put up the most shots on the team this year (26), but the 2020 Norris Trophy winner had yet to find the back of the net until last night.
The Preds dominated puck possession last night, finishing the game with a 66 percent Corsi rating. They spread their shots out from all over the ice, covering nearly the entirety of the Blackhawks' zone. Nashville seemed to have a plethora of great chances fall into their lap (12 high-danger chances, to be exact), but simply could not convert them. Chicago's Malcolm Subban had a fantastic, solid night in net, making 36 saves on 39 Nashville shots.
Mattias Ekholm, Viktor Arvidsson, and Mikael Granlund each recorded five shots on the evening. Granlund netted the game-tying goal as well as the primary assist on Josi's overtime goal.
The Preds' third line wingers, Yakov Trenin and Mathieu Olivier, came through in a big way last night. Tying the game (for the first time) after the Blackhawks converted on their very first power play, the youngsters breathed some life into a despairing Preds team.
Nashville went a disappointing 0 for 4 on the power play, allowing Chicago to go 1 for 2 on theirs. The Preds have allowed nine power play goals on 13 PP opportunities against them in just three games. With their special teams collapse this past week, the Preds now own the worst penalty kill percentage in the league, at just a 54.6 percent kill rate. Granted, the last three games have been matchups against the two best power play teams in the league, but it still goes without saying that the Preds desperately need to tighten up their man-down strategy.
Chicago was missing six key names in their roster last night, including Alex DeBrincat, Adam Boqvist, and Jonathan Toews. Much like their previous series with the injury-riddled Stars, the Preds need to figure out how to take advantage of the Blackhawks' temporary lack of depth.
The Preds created lots of opportunities for themselves last night, and as soon as they can solve the man in the opposite net, they'll be able to right the ship in no time. They'll get another chance tonight, playing the back end of a back-to-back and staring down a different Blackhawks goalie.