Last night's 2-1 shootout win by the Nashville Predators over the St. Louis Blues was an important win for the team. It capped a four game home stand sweep after they had won only four games at the Bridgestone in the entire season prior to last weekend.
The Predators' dominance on home ice has been a key to their success where they have averaged a 26-11-4 since the lockout in 2005. This year, they are now 8-5-3 in Nashville and appear to have righted the average play at home that has been predominant since the start of the second round of last year's playoffs.
In spite of the recent success, the next part of the schedule does not get any easier. The Preds will play in Washington on Tuesday against an up and down Caps team that is 10-5-1 on home ice. Then a back to back on Thursday and Friday with Columbus in Nashville and then a quick trip to Dallas have to be considered must win games.
The team will have little chance to celebrate Christmas as they play Detroit at home on Monday which will be followed by Minnesota on Wednesday and then they go to St. Louis on Friday. So basically, the team will play six games in nine league game days (excluding the two day holiday break).
This coming run of games should be a litmus test for the Predators to see if the five game winning streak was a fluke or something to expect going forward.
Here is our game story from last night and Barry Trotz's postgame presser. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Bryan Mullen (Preds.com)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - One More Thing
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303)
Patten Fuqua (Puck Scene)
Marc Torrence (On The Forecheck)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Paul McCann (HockeyBuzz)
St. Louis Area Media...
In the Slot
St. Louis Game Time
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Pekka Rinne
2. Marty Erat
3. T.J. Oshie
Audio from the Predators comes from....
From St. Louis we hear from...
T.J Oshie (part one, part two)
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass