After Thursday’s putrid performance at their own home opener, the Nashville Predators needed to show the hometown faithful that they could redeem themselves.
While they did lose their second game in a row, they managed to get a point in the standings via a shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils. In a conference where every point helps, it’s easy to see how things could’ve been a lot worse.
Just 1:10 into the game, veteran forward Jerred Smithson took a hooking penalty and put the visitors on an early power play. If Nashville allows a goal in the opening moments they probably don’t even secure the one point.
“Obviously we never want to take a penalty that early,” said Nick Spaling. “If you go down one early, coming off of Thursday’s game, it can put you in a hole. It was big to get that kill.”
Head Coach Barry Trotz agreed.
“You want to build the momentum at home. If you don’t kill that off, it’s sort of a ‘here we go again’ type of thing. It would have been a dagger for us if we d