Hynes won the first of many rematches against his old team; his new Predators beat the Devils 6-5 in a shootout last night.
One mentally and emotionally exhausting game after another, the Preds have somehow finessed all four points out of this two-game road trip. In the process, the Preds scored 11 goals, allowed nine goals, and actually converted two power plays. The pair of games showcased the Preds' wildly inconsistent defense, but the offense was just good enough to find the backs of the nets when push came to shove.
Filip Forsberg was the star of the show during the road trip; he had two assists against Washington on Wednesday along with the two goals he scored last night in New Jersey- one of them being a textbook snipe on the PP. With his two assists last night, Roman Josi has officially surpassed the individual 50-point mark. In addition, his +22 on-ice rating is tied with New York's Artemi Panarin for the fifth-highest rating in the league.
Colton Sissons' first game back since Dec. 27 was far from impressive; the forward failed to record a point against the Devils and came away with the Preds' only -3 rating at the end of the night.
Hey, Matt Duchene still exists! Duchene had a goal and an assist in last night's game, but most importantly, he put the bow on the evening by scoring the winning shootout goal. After last night's game, Duchene has just eight points during the month of January. On top of that, he has just nine multi-point games over the course of this season. Along with Ryan Johansen, Duchene needs to begin contributing more offensively unless he wants his ice time to be cut- which Hynes has not been shy of doing with Johansen.
The Preds will come home to play the Golden Knights tomorrow evening. The Preds have a pretty miserable home record this year- they're 11-10-4 at Bridgestone Arena, including a 1-3 home record in January. Vegas is currently locked in a dead heat with Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Arizona for the top seat in the Pacific Division. The Knights are 4-5-1 in their past 10 games and will be on the tail end of a back-to-back with tomorrow's game in Nashville.