There’s something about road games for the Predators. Their offense becomes better, their defense appears more stout. And most importantly, they win. Nashville picked up its third straight victory away from Bridgestone Arena on Friday — a 3-2 win over Central Division rival Chicago at the United Center. Nashville went from its back-to-back against Ottawa and Buffalo — both wins last Monday and Tuesday— straight to Chicago instead of going home for practice. And the strategy appeared to have worked. The victory for the Predators (29-28-10) keeps Nashville’s slim playoff hopes alive after a homestand where Nashville went 1-5-0. The current overall winning streak is the Predators’ longest since Dec. 10-14. “I think we got a little stale. We were at home and playing really well and weren’t scoring,” coach Barry Trotz said. “We hadn’t been on the road for five weeks. I think it was good that we had to come together and dig in a little bit.” Most of Nashville’s offense came from its defense Friday. The Predators’ first two goals — scored by Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist — came off rebounds off point shots from defenders. Fisher’s goal came off a Roman Josi shot and Hornqvist’s score came off a Shea Weber blast. Blueliner Ryan Ellis notched the Predators’ third goal on a rare breakaway. Ellis was in the penalty box for holding, but was found by Josi at the red line when the penalty expired. Ellis deftly deked out Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford and slipped the puck past him just 45 seconds into the third period for the game-winner.
Predators pick up another road victory with win over Blackhawks
Tennessean | Mar 15