When you think of prototypical Nashville Predator players you think of guys like Matt Halischuk, Gabriel Bourque and the recently-departed Jerred Smithson. Guys that will do anything and everything to help their team win, never taking a shift off and always paying attention to the little details that are often overlooked.
On the back of Halischuk and Bourque, the Preds beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1 on Saturday night.
In front of yet another sell out crowd inside Bridgestone Arena, Nashville guaranteed themselves fifth place in the Western Conference standing for at least one more day.
In his fifth opportunity to do so, Pekka Rinne finally registered his 40th win of the season. The Predators goaltender turned aside 24 of 25 Jets shots and was named the first star of the game for his efforts. He is now 40-16-8 on the season, forcing himself into the Vezina Trophy argument.
Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec may have been on the losing end of the decision but he was outstanding. Many of his 25 sa...