The Nashville Predators are taking their tour across Canada and could legally own the country by the time this road trip is over if they can complete the sweep.
The 2019-20 season has not necessarily been kind to the Nashville Predators as Music City’s hockey club has been unable to find its rhythm, but the Preds have tuned up since they hit the road to Canada.
The Predators returned to Canada on Tuesday night to play the Winnipeg Jets, and in a low-scoring overtime game, the Predators were able to squeak out the win 2-1 thanks to not only Mikael Granlund scoring the game-winning goal in OT, but also Juuse Saros shutting down the Jets offense.
Two minutes into the game, the Jets scored a goal, but after that, Saros absolutely shut down the Jets and made them like it. That game set the tone for the next game against the Flames as the outcome was very similar.
Calgary quickly scored its first goal of the game against the Predators 30 seconds into the puck dropping, but after that, Saros once again shut the Flames down. The Flames scored one more goal in the second period, but that’s it.
We also saw Granlund score the go-ahead goal for the Predators for the second night in a row in the second period to give the Preds a 3-2 lead and after a scoreless third period, that’s all it took for Nashville to secure the win.
After back-to-back wins in the country of maple syrup, the Predators are halfway through its Canadian road trip and will play its third game of the four-game stretch this Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.
After that, the Predators will wrap everything up in Vancouver with a Monday night matchup against the Canucks.
The Predators have hit a little streak at the beginning of February, which is much needed if they want to make the playoffs, and they have two very winnable games in front of them against Edmonton and Vancouver.
I’m not sure what all it takes for a hockey team to conquer an entire country, but I think winning four consecutive games on the road throughout the entire country is a valid reason.
The Preds will have to keep their success going though if they want to conquer Canada, and that starts with getting another win this Saturday.
Even if the Predators can’t legally own Canada when this road trip is over, they could put four more wins on their record and a few more points as they begin to push for a spot in the playoffs.