The Rangers held the second-highest scoring team in the NHL to just one goal Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 win over the Predators.
The Preds dropped their second home game in a row yesterday after winning four straight, despite putting 33 shots on goal and attempting to stage an aggressive late-third period comeback. The Preds' only goal came on one of their five power play opportunities.
Filip Chytil got New York on the board in the first period, toe-dragging past a diving Dan Hamhuis and beating Juuse Saros on his stick side. As they seem to do in every afternoon game they play, the Preds played slow and unprepared for a 1:00 pm start time.
The Rangers went up 2-0 early in the second period after an ugly neutral zone turnover by the Preds. Ryan Strome lifted Artemi Panarin's net-front pass past the reach of Saros, making it the second Rangers goal during which the Preds' first line was on the ice. Viktor Arvidsson scored the only Preds goal of the night on the power play, stalking in front of Alexandar Georgiev's crease and redirecting a pass from Filip Forsberg through Georgiev's five-hole.
The third period reared zero goals for either team. The Preds went on two late-period power plays but were unable to convert them.
Now done with the homestand, the Preds will need to regroup and get back to playing their style of hockey on the road. Matt Duchene has been noticeably unproductive ever since coming back from a short-term injury for Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks. He has only put a total of five shots on goal over the course of three games.