The Predators finished their four-game East Coast road trip with a 4-3 overtime win in Boston. Out of the possible eight points the Preds could have collected over these four games, they are going back to Nashville with seven. Not a bad crop yield at all.
Another title for this recap could have easily been "The Gift of Roman Josi", considering he's also finishing this road trip with seven individual points in his pocket. To be clear, that means Josi now has seven points in four games. He scored twice tonight; one on an impeccably placed backhand, the other on a wide-open Bruins net that left Jaroslav Halak totally red-faced. Josi also recorded the most ice time of any Preds' or Bruins' player (non-goalies), skating a total of over 30 minutes tonight.
Ryan Johansen recorded three assists on the night, including a perfectly timed one on Ryan Ellis' OT winner. He was the only Pred to record a +3 rating on the night.
The Preds came out of tonight's game having been outshot 29-32. Nonetheless, they came out on top. Over these four games, the only one in which the Preds outshot their opponent was Thursday night's loss in Ottawa. Perhaps coincidentally, the Ottawa game was the only game they dropped during the road trip.
Arvy's back! Coming back from the injury he sustained from an illegal Robert Bortuzzo hit on Nov. 23, Arvidsson didn't record any points tonight, but came away with two hits and a +1 rating.
The Preds continued to experience futility on their 26th-ranked power play, going 0 for 3 against the 8th-ranked Bruins PK unit. As could be expected, the Bruins- who are the third-best power play team in the league- went 1 for 4 on a still struggling 25th-ranked Preds PK unit.
The Preds' shot heat map was a little splotchy tonight, compared to their other maps from this road trip. However, based on location, they were able to score with more variety than the Bruins. The Preds got barely any action from the left wing, putting only a handful of shots on Halak's weaker stick-side.
Regardless, the Preds won tonight. They garnered more points from the road trip than anyone probably expected them to.
The Preds will play the Coyotes in Nashville on Monday. Arizona has 44 points on the season, tying with Edmonton, Winnipeg, Dallas, and Vegas for the ninth overall spot in the league. Coyotes' goalie Darcy Kuemper is out week-to-week with an injury sustained against Minnesota on Thursday. Of goalies who have played in over 18 games this season, Kuemper leads them in save percentage (.929) and goals against average (2.17). Antti Raanta will likely get the start against the Preds; Raanta has only played in five full career games against Nashville and has a 2-2-1 record in that time. Arizona acquired 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall on Monday.