Kyle Turris' multi-point game drove the Predators to a 4-3 win this afternoon in the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series with St. Louis. The Preds now have a 3-0 season series lead over the Central Division-leading Blues.
Matt Duchene and Viktor Arvidsson each made a spectacular re-emergence with their first period goals, marking Arvidsson's first point and Duchene's first goal since since the Jan. 30 game against the Devils. Both of the Preds' top-end forwards have had a monkey on their backs all season (both are generating career-low numbers), and you could feel the relief spew from Arvidsson when he tucked a quirky slapper between Jake Allen and the goalpost.
Turris came alive today; the frequently-doubted forward managed to record three points- a goal and two assists- making it his third multi-point game in the Preds' last eight games. Not since Mar. 15, 2018 has Turris notched more than two points in a single game. His quick, 21-second response to Zach Sanford's goal wound up giving the Preds a 3-1 lead.
But of course, leave it to the Preds to blow a lead in the second period. The Blues tied the game at three, and it was honestly a miracle that the game-winner came from Mikael Granlund on the power play.
The Arvidsson-Duchene-Forsberg-Johansen quartet must have heard me when I said they suck in the Islanders game recap; each of them recorded a point against the Blues- Duchene even nabbed two, just to spite me.
With the win today, the Preds are now tied at 63 points with Winnipeg in the division standings. Both teams play at home tomorrow; the Preds against the Blues back in Nashville, and the Jets against the Blackhawks in Winnipeg. Though it's not necessarily impossible, eliminating Dallas' eight-point berth isn't a likely scenario for neither the Jets or Preds.
The mindset is Wild Card or bust for the Preds. They made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 as a Wild Card team, who's to say they can't do it again?