After a scoreless first period, the Predators scored five goals in two periods and coasted to a 5-2 win over the Rangers on Saturday night in Nashville. >> Box score
- 0:19 NV P.K. Subban; Assists: Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson
- 17:34 NV Kevin Fiala; Assists: Craig Smith
- 0:21 NYR J.T. Miller (Power Play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
- 2:36 NV Colton Sissons; Assists: P.K. Subban
- 14:35 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller
- 14:34 NV Viktor Arvidsson; Assists: Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg
- 17:55 NV Kevin Fiala (ENG); Assists: Roman Josi, Kyle Turris
- The Predators were better than the Rangers in this game and that isn't up for debate, but just because they were better doesn't mean they can throw high hits and elbows to the head without any repercussions.
- Marc Staal was hit up high by Alexei Emelin and nothing was called.
- Jimmy Vesey clearly took an elbow to the head, which is a penalty, and on top of that, it was also interference. Neither was called.
- Those non-calls are not why the Rangers lost. The Rangers lost because they didn't generate enough offensive opportunities or shots until Nashville sat back in the third and because the Rangers mismanaged the puck in their own zone and paid for it.
- If there are positives to take out of this, JT Miller scored, Mika Zibanejad scored, that the Rangers scored in general, and in the first two periods Henrik Lundqvist was really good.
- The Rangers are now last in the Metro division, yet three points out of the first Wild Card spot. On the other side, being last in the Metro still only puts the Rangers at 11th in the East and they are far, in terms of points, ahead of the teams at the bottom of the conference.
The Rangers will travel to Dallas to face the Stars on Monday at 8:30 p.m.