Roman Josi is staying hot, continuing his point streak with a goal and an assist in tonight's 3-2 home win against the Coyotes. If you're counting, the captain now has nine points in five games. In addition, with tonight's win, Pekka Rinne passed Rogie Vachon and Evgeni Nabokov for the title as the 20th winningest NHL goalie of all time.
Even with the relatively low scoring, the Predators had an offensively stalwart night against an Arizona team that is allowing the second-least goals in the league (94). By the end of the game, the Preds had outshot the Coyotes 41-28. In large part, this was due to an absolutely dominant first period in which the Preds did not afford Arizona a single unblocked shot until about seven minutes in.
Josi stole the night; he got the primary assist on Filip Forsberg's opening goal, scored the game winner from the very top of the zone, and got Colin Blackwell his very first NHL point. He took three shots, had one takeaway, blocked three Coyotes shots, and finished the night with a +1 rating.
Viktor Arvidsson, in his first game back at Bridgestone since Nov. 21, scored on a funny little deflection off Antti Raanta.
Tonight's game was a dearth of penalties.The Preds only got one power play chance all night- and they naturally failed to convert it. The Coyotes got two chances, but the Preds were able to kill both.
The Preds held new-Coyote Taylor Hall to just two shots on goal. Hall, along with Jordan Oesterle, were the only Coyotes to record -2 ratings for the night.
The Preds put together a very complete shot spread tonight with their three goals coming from all different locations in the offensive zone. The defensemen racked up 15 shots between the six of them, taking a relatively high volume of shots from right near the blue line. Facing a team that is allowing the league-least goals against them on a per game basis (2.49/game), spreading the puck was the only option the Preds had if they wanted to score.
The Preds will take the next three days off for the holidays, but will return to Bridgestone on Friday to face the Penguins in the fifth rendition of a 2017 Stanley Cup Final rematch. The game will be the front end of a home-and-home, so the Preds will turn around and play the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Pens are a bottom-end road team with a 7-7-2 record away from Pittsburgh, but they're one of the best teams in the league when at home.