Friday night was the Nashville Predators’ home opener and on the first power-play of the 2016-2017 season, newest Predator P.K. Subban scored his first Nashville goal against the Preds’ main foes: the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bridgestone Arena crowd cheered for at least 2 minutes from the start of his goal (where his goal celebration also included a lasso) until his goal call by PA announcer Paul McCann was finished.
Subban said after the Predators 3-2 win: “I just look forward to being able to put all the crap that’s happening in the media, off the ice, around us just away because we’ve got a good group of guys […] I think if we’re focused and the focus is on our team and not just on crap off the ice, I think we’re going to have a lot of success. That’s part of what I said in my speech after the game. Let’s just focus on playing hockey and keep moving forward.”
Bound to get him even more fans in Nashville, Subban also did this:
Subban goes to the box for roughing, Kane for embellishment: pic.twitter.com/Yq0EO7hu6G
— Mark Harris (@MCHisTweeting) October 15, 2016
Every Predators goal, one each from Subban, Roman Josi, and Mike Fisher, was on the power play. But the weirdest moment of the night? Jonathan Toews and James Neal fought.
Game 2 Haiku:
Down early field goal
Arvidsson straight up dirty
Hawks in Panik zone#haikuall82
— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) October 16, 2016
Saturday night’s game in Chicago wasn’t as good for the Predators. It was backup goalie Marek Mazanec’s first NHL game since 2015, which ended up being a 5-3 loss. Chicago’s Nick Schmaltz scored his first NHL goal and Richard Panik had a hat trick. Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Preds.
- Defenseman Anthony Bitetto (D) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury. He fought with former Pred Jordin Tootoo (now a Blackhawk) and didn’t come back to the game afterward during the Predators opening night win.
- Winger Miikka Salomaki is “projected” to be out for 6-8 weeks, also with an upper-body injury. The Finnish forward exited Saturday’s loss in Chicago after blocking a shot off his hand.
- Every year the Predators have a player do a weekly(ish) radio show. This year the
victim, I mean, player will be Craig Smith. The players who do these have a tendency to end up as #FormerPredators (including, but not limited, to Kevin Klein and Eric Nystrom). Craig will be on 102.5 The Game at Tin Roof on Broadway for the Craig Smith Predators Player Show from 7pm to 8pm with Willy Daunic, Stu Grimson, and Special Guests so far scheduled until November.
Former Predators News:
Matt Cullen, Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins last season, is back with the Pens this season.
Jordin Tootoo is sick and might not play on Tuesday.
Upcoming Predators News:
Nashville is playing the Dallas Stars Tuesday night at home.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) October 17, 2016