After losing seven of their last 10 games, the Nashville Predators needed a decisive win to regain their swagger.
Saturday’s 8-0 win over the San Jose Sharks may have done just that.
The Predators not only rebounded from perhaps the most embarrassing loss of the season, they were one goal away from tying the franchise record for goals in a single game, and several individual bests and personal bests also went up. been established.
Defenseman Roman Josi set a franchise record for a game over/under with his plus-6 rating, Philip Tomasino’s plus-5 rating is a new rookie record for a franchise game and the Predators had five players — Josi, Tomasino, Matt Luff, Michael McCarron, Dante Fabbro — with a rating of plus-4 or better for the first time in franchise history, according to the Predators’ communications department.
McCarron also set new career highs for goals in a single game (2), assists (2) and points (4), Luff’s two goals and three points are also personal bests, and three assists and Tomasino’s three points are also career highs. .
“It’s really good to get our team back on track here,” McCarron said. “We kind of slipped a bit in some areas and we didn’t go out and play the way we wanted to in Seattle. And we went back to the drawing board, and we were able to draw stuff and really understand our game, and I think the character in the locker room really came out tonight and we got a big win.
The win keeps Nashville afloat in the Central Division standings. Despite a downhill streak that included two four-game losing streaks and just seven wins in 18 games since Jan. 13, the Predators are just five points off second place in the division.
Tuesday’s game at Bridgestone Arena against the Dallas Stars, which the Predators beat 2-1 at home less than two weeks ago, may be as close to a must-watch game as the team could have gotten. have early March.
The Stars, who are tied with the Minnesota Wild at 67 points, are just one point ahead of the Predators in the standings. A win in Nashville on Tuesday, coupled with Minnesota’s loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, would move the Predators to third place behind the Blues and Avalanche.
After beating an inferior opponent and getting contributions from nearly every skater, the Predators may have built the momentum they’ll need to get through a tough schedule that includes matchups against the Blues, Wild, Ducks Anaheim and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“We have a big homestand coming up so it will be a good test for our group because those are huge points,” Tomasino said. “Dallas is probably going to be the biggest game of the year so far because we’re neck and neck with them in the standings. So I think tonight was a really good game for our group, but I think that tomorrow we’ll be sleeping and going back to video and watching clips, trying to get better every day. We’ll be ready for Tuesday against Dallas.
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