We still cherish you deeply, Pernell Karl, but we're glad you didn't notch a point against us tonight.
On the flip side of the same coin, 12 different Predators tallied points in tonight's 6-4 win over the Devils. Tonight marked the Preds' first Saturday win at home so far this season, which Nick Bonino, Rocco Grimaldi, Dante Fabbro, and Mattias Ekholm all celebrated with multi-point games. Grimaldi arguably had the best night of everyone on the team; he stands alone as the only Pred to record a +4 on-ice rating with a goal and an assist apiece.
Yakov Trenin has been torching the AHL this season for 26 points in 19 games with the Admirals. Called up to replace an injured Mikael Granlund, Trenin scored one of the Preds' six goals tonight- his first in the NHL. Deflecting a Grimaldi slapshot with his skate, he successfully redirected the puck right through Louis Domingue's five-hole.
Though he only has one assist to show for it, Roman Josi blistered Domingue with eight shots on goal.
The Preds' power play- bless its flimsy little heart- had six chances to redeem itself tonight but blew all of them. Meanwhile, the Preds went 3 for 4 on the penalty kill. Good, but definitely not great. After tonight, the Preds' PP ranks 24th in the league with a 15.5 percent conversion rate, and the PK ranks 26th with a 76.8 percent kill rate. Special teams obviously remains this team's Achilles heel, but a coaching change remains a possible remedy.
As for New Jersey's stats, Taylor Hall and Sami Vatanen recorded two points apiece. Subban recorded a -3 rating and zero shots on goal. Jack Hughes was one of only three Devils (with Vatanen and Damon Severson) to finish with positive ratings.
Shot attempts by the Preds evened out much better tonight compared to previous games. According to the heat map from Natural Stat Trick below, the Preds are still hesitant to shoot from the middle of the zone, but they closed the gap by a couple feet tonight.
The Preds will be back in action on Tuesday to take on the Sharks at home.