The Nashville Predators had been having trouble scoring goals so far this season. Coming into Tuesday night’s contest in St. Louis, the Predators were dead last in the NHL with 1.50 goals per game. They didn’t have that problem in St. Louis on Tuesday.
Nashville scored three goals in the first period and two goals in the second period to secure a 6-1 victory. It was Nashville’s biggest offensive explosion of the young season, and the Predators were able to finish their seven-game road trip with a respectable 4-2-1 record.
Colin Wilson and Martin Erat were the driving forces for the Predators offensively. Wilson had three assists on the night and was Nashville’s best skater for the majority of the game. Erat contributed with a goal and two assists in his return to the lineup after he missed Saturday night’s game in San Jose.
St. Louis seemed to really come alive after the Predators took a 5-0 lead. The Blues controlled the play for the remainder of the game but simply dug too deep of a hole. Pekka Rinne held off the frenzy by the Blues, and the Predators were able to come away with their third consecutive victory.
The Predators got goals from Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune, Nick Spaling, Kevin Klein, Gabriel Bourque and Erat on the night to cruise to the five-goal victory. Nashville will finally return to the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
Five things about tonight’s game…
- Despite scoring six goals, the Predators still only had 19 shots on goal in the game. The difference is they were able to capitalize on their opportunities.
- Pekka Rinne is on fire right now. He stopped 31 of 32 shots on the night and was able to withstand the surge that the Blues put together in the second and third periods.
- Jonathon Blum recorded two assists in his second NHL game of this season. He has played very well through the first two games and has done nothing to warrant being taken out of the lineup anytime soon.
- Rich Clune scored his first career NHL goal on a rebound from a Colin Wilson shot. He played a solid game when he was on the ice.
- Shea Weber, Scott Hannan and Hal Gill are the only Nashville defensemen yet to register a point through the team’s first five games. Hannan and Gill aren’t necessarily surprising. They’re not known for being offensive defensemen. Weber’s cold streak, on the other hand, could be cause for concern for the Predators.
Three stars of tonight’s game…
1. Colin Wilson, NSH… Wilson played his best game of the season and was creating chances for the Predators all night long. He recorded three assists.
2. Martin Erat, NSH… Erat notched one goal and two assists in his return to the lineup. He looked to be completely healthy and really had a positive effect on Nashville’s lineup.
3. Pekka Rinne, NSH… The three stars are really interchangeable in this game. Rinne was stellar for the Predators once again, allowing only one goal in 32 shots. That goal came on the power play.