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Hockey Daily Dose

Predators Extend Amazing Run

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: March 31, 2021, 12:36 pm ET

It was just a couple weeks ago that Nashville was 11-16-1 and seemed to be on track to be trade deadline sellers. Then they won eight of nine games, including a 3-2 overtime victory against Dallas last night and suddenly they’re tied with Chicago for the fourth playoff spot in the Central Division.

This hot streak has put Predators GM David Poile in an interesting position. Even after this run, there is no guarantee that Nashville will make the playoffs and if they do, it will almost certainly set them up for a first round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That’s far from ideal and it makes it hard to see this as a season where they should invest heavily in winning now. Still, it might be worth it for Poile to be a light buyer at the deadline anyways if for no other reason than to show winning is rewarded.

Of course, this is assuming that the Predators stay strong over their final six games before the deadline. If Nashville quickly fades in the coming games, then Poile might simply sit on his hands.

Whatever happens next though, this has been among the 2020-21 campaign's most impressive runs.

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MONTREAL 4 EDMONTON 0

Carey Price stopped all 17 Oilers shots. It wasn’t exactly the hardest he’s ever had to work for a shutout, but he’ll certainly take it. It’s his first perfect game of the 2020-21 campaign and the 49th of his career.

Kris Russell and Darnell Nurse each recorded four shots for the Oilers. Tyson Barrie and Ethan Bear also contributed a shot each for Edmonton. In other words, Edmonton’s forwards only got seven shots in the entire game.

Mikko Koskinen saved 28 of 32 Canadiens shots. He has a 9-11-0 record, 3.15 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 20 contests.

Brendan Gallagher scored a goal and registered an assist. The Montreal forward has 13 goals and 21 points in 32 games.

The Canadiens also got a goal and an assist from Artturi Lehkonen. He’s up to three goals and six points in 23 contests.

BOSTON 5 NEW JERSEY 4 (SO)

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped a staggering 44 of 48 shots in regulation time. He was beaten in both of the shootout rounds, to miss out on the extra point.

Jaroslav Halak kicked out 31 of 35 shots before the shootout. He was perfect in the two shootout rounds to secure the victory.

Kyle Palmieri found the back of the net for the Devils. He’s up to eight goals and 17 points in 33 contests.

Boston got a goal and an assist from Brad Marchand. That gives him 13 goals and 36 points in 30 games.

Craig Smith assisted on three of the Bruins’ four regulation goals. He has six goals and 14 points in 31 games.

NY RANGERS 5 WASHINGTON 2

T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal for Washington. It was his ninth goal and 25th point in 34 contests.

Vitek Vanecek stopped 22 of 26 Rangers shots. Washington actually had a 2-1 lead going into the third period, but Vanecek was beaten three times on 10 shots in the final frame. The last Rangers goal was scored on an empty net.

Speaking of New York, Artemi Panarin led the way with a goal and two assists. He has nine goals and 32 points in 24 contests.

Ryan Lindgren assisted on two of the Rangers’ five goals. That gives him 11 assists in 35 games.

Igor Shesterkin saved 30 of 32 shots on Tuesday. He’s 8-8-1 with a 2.32 GAA and .925 save percentage in 18 games.

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COLUMBUS 3 TAMPA BAY 1

The Lightning’s only goal was scored by Mathieu Joseph. It was his 10th goal and 15th point in 35 contests.

Curtis McElhinney turned aside 18 of 20 Blue Jackets shots. He didn’t win tonight, but at least he snapped his run of four straight starts where he allowed three or more goals.

David Savard accounted for the game-winning goal. He has a goal and six points in 36 contests.

Cam Atkinson scored a goal for the Blue Jackets. He has 13 goals and 25 points in 37 games.

Elvis Merzlikins saved 37 of 38 shots last night. He improved to 6-5-2 with a 2.72 GAA and .918 save percentage in 15 games.

FLORIDA 4 DETROIT 1

Calvin Pickard got the start, but he was chased out after allowing three goals on just eight shots. Thomas Greiss stepped in midway through the first period and saved 24 of 25 shots the rest of the way, but the Red Wings couldn’t dig themselves out of that early hole.

A big reason Detroit couldn’t get much going was Sergei Bobrovsky, who turned aside 35 of 36 shots. He has a 14-5-2 record, 2.82 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 21 starts.

Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals, including the game winner. He has 17 goals and 30 points in 36 contests.

Jonathan Huberdeau found the back of the net for the Panthers. He has 14 goals and 41 points in 36 contests.

Filip Zadina netted the Red Wings’ only marker. He’s up to four goals and 14 points in 30 games.

CHICAGO 2 CAROLINA 1

The Hurricanes’ goal was scored by Andrei Svechnikov. It was his 10th goal and 26th point in 34 contests.

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 14 of 16 Blackhawks shots. He surrendered both goals on just seven shots in the second period.

At the other end of the ice, Kevin Lankinen saved 31 of 32 shots. He has a 13-8-4 record, 2.65 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 25 starts.

Alex DeBrincat scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to 19 goals and 36 points in 33 games.

Dylan Strome accounted for Chicago’s other marker. That gives him six goals and 10 points in 25 contests.

NASHVILLE 3 DALLAS 2 (OT)

Anton Khudobin stopped 23 of 26 shots last night. He’s 6-9-4 with a 2.56 GAA and .906 save percentage in 19 starts.

Eeli Tolvanen scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. He’s up to nine goals and 18 points in 28 games.

Calle Jarnkrok also had a goal and an assist for Nashville. That gives him 11 goals and 18 points in 31 contests.

Roope Hintz scored a power-play goal for the Stars. It was his 11th goal and 23rd point in 23 games.

Juuse Saros kicked out 33 of 35 Stars shots. He has a 10-6-0 record, 2.36 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 19 contests.

Ryan Dadoun

Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.