The Nashville Predators defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 in Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Nashville defeated New York for the second time this year.

Nashville Key Stats

Goals:

Filip Forsberg (2), Viktor Arvidsson, Kyle Turris, Calle Jarnkrok

Assists:

Nick Bonino, Ryan Hartman, Ryan Johansen (2), Viktor Arvidsson, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi, Dan Hamhuis

New York Key Stats

Goals:

Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd

Assists:

Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Matthew Barzal

What Happened:

The Predators dominated the first period.

After Bonino slipped the puck between two defenders, Jarnkrok tapped in Nashville’s first goal. Forsberg padded Nashville’s lead a little over a minute later. Arvidsson’s one-timer placed Nashville in a comfortable position going into the second period.

New York stormed back in the second period and outplayed the Predators. Nelson slid the puck through Juuse Saros‘ five-hole midway through the period. Ladd later one-timed shot in the left face-off circle following a defensive zone turnover.

Showing composure and poise, the Predators regained control in third period. On Nashville’s only power play opportunity of the night, Josi fed Turris the puck in front of the net who scored. Later in the third period, Forsberg landed an empty-netter, and the Predators secured the win.

Looking Forward:

They did it. Nashville finally scored on the power play.

Through four games and 15 attempts, the Predators were overdue on the power play. Conveniently, so was Kyle Turris. With his goal, Nashville can gain confidence on future man-advantages.

Nashville’s first line was phenomenal against New York. Producing three of the five points, the first line was undeniably the difference in Nashville’s victory. Since Forsberg found the back of the net twice against the Islanders, he and Arvidsson lead the team in goals scored with three apiece.

Saros made 20 saves out of 22 attempts. His two starts have both been against the Islanders; moreover, both starts resulted in victories. Saros and Pekka Rinne have played very well through the five games, seeing how they have not allowed more than three goals.

After the Predators were shutout by Calgary, they have been a very different hockey team with a new level of intensity on the ice. However, special teams still need significant work, and players like Ryan Ellis and Kevin Fiala need to find some offensive rhythm.

However, the Predators have played some great hockey already. There’s always room for improvement, but four wins through five games is a good start.

Also, it must be reiterated. Nashville scored on the power play. Finally.

Cover Photo Credits: Mark Humphreys/AP Photos

Jack Woods covers the Nashville Predators and the Central Division for Fullpresscoverage.com. You can follow Jack on Twitter at @jack_woods15

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