Pekka Rinne and the Predators earned their first shutout win of the season topping the Flyers.
Just nine days after these two teams played one another the Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers met up again. Thursday night’s clash was an entirely different style game, but the end result was the same as the Predators came out with the win.
Colton Sissons scored the lone goal of the contest early on in the third period while Pekka Rinne posted his first shutout of the season stopping 28 shots in the 1-0 win.
The story of the first two periods wasn’t goal scoring, in fact there wasn’t an offensive breakthrough for either club in the opening 40 minutes of play. The story for the Preds was their penalty kill as they were successful in killing off three minor penalties. Nashville was gifted one power play chance, but the Flyers’ penalty kill didn’t allow anything.
The Preds out shot the Flyers 7-6 in the opening frame, but the Flyers returned the favor by outshooting Nashville 10-9 in the second period. The Predators however had 21 total shot attempts during 5-on-5 play in the second compared to only nine from the Flyers.
The scoring finally got going just under four minutes into the final period. Sissons poked the puck to Kevin Fiala in the Nashville zone and the young Swiss forward put on an impressive move as he entered the neutral zone before sending a saucer pass over to Sissons who lit the lamp.
Things got interesting in the final 1:06 of the game as Viktor Arvidsson was sent to the box for a slashing penalty. With their net empty, the Flyers had a strong chance during their 6-on-4 advantage to tie the game, but Rinne and the penalty kill came up big yet again. The shutout was Rinne’s 44th of his career.
A team never wants to give up five power play chances as the Preds did, but their penalty kill looked extremely impressive all night.
As for other noteworthy performances, Roman Josi had a strong outing as he led all Preds with a +10 in the Corsi +/- category on the night. Most will argue that it was also Fiala’s best performance of the season with his assist and two shots on goal, but he too had a strong Corsi +/- at +8.
Next up for Nashville is an afternoon game in New York against the Rangers with puck drop set for 11:30 AM CST.