The Nashville Predators played their first two preseason games against the Florida Panthers and came away with two wins. Several players, including P.K. Subban, scored in the first game, while Filip Forsberg collected a hat-trick in the second game.
In the first game, Calle Jarnkrok scored early in the contest to give the Preds a 1-0 lead. Moments later, P.K. Subban blasted a shot home from the left circle just as a power play expired.
Filip Pyrochta, Frederick Gaudreau, and Rocco Grimaldi would also add goals. The Preds defense helped Juuse Saros and backup goalie Thomas McCollum preserve the shutout by not allowing too many dangerous shots in front of the Nashville net.
Overall the first game was a very clean, very efficient game for the Predators.
In the second game, the Panthers scored first on a bad bounce in front of Pekka Rinne. But later in the period, Filip Forsberg tied the game, scoring a goal right on the doorstep while the Preds were on a 5 on 3 power play.
Later, after the Panthers took a 2-1 lead, the Predators got back to back goals from Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala. The top line of Johansen, Forsberg, and Fiala was outstanding in the second game, accounting for all five of the Predators goals.
Plenty to like about this start from the Preds
Even though it’s preseason, it really was an impressive performance all around from the Predators, especially from the offense. The Preds had eight different goal scorers in the two wins.
#Preds goal scorers today:
Not a bad first couple of preseason games.
— Alex Daugherty (@AlexDaugherty1) September 18, 2018
A few other observations from these first two preseason games:
- P.K. Subban looks ready to get the season started. His goal was an absolute rocket.
- Juuse Saros played the angles really well and gave up very few rebounds. He was solid.
- New defenseman Filip Pyrochta (a Euro free agent pickup in the spring) really shined in his role. Smooth skater, very smart decision maker, and excellent in the offensive zone.
- Filip Forsberg looks like he is on a mission. This guy is ready to prove he is an elite offensive playmaker in this league.
- The Johansen, Forsberg, Fiala combo is one to keep an eye on. That group could unseat JOFA for most exciting line on the team. Fiala finished with four assists.
- Didn’t see much of Eeli Tolvanen in Game 2, he kind of disappeared.
- If I have one complaint, it’s that the power play was back to its usual disappointing results. But there’s plenty of time to fix that sort of thing.
Fresh off this sweep, the Predators will be back at it this Friday night as they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Bridgestone Arena.
— Featured image via the Predators —