The Nashville Predators cruised to a 3-0 win over the Seattle Kraken Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in the team’s home opener.
Colton Sissons (shorthanded), Gustav Nyquist (even strength) and Juuso Parssinen (empty net) all scored for the Predators while Juuse Saros posted a 23-save shutout — the 21st of his career and tied with Tomas Vokoun for the second-most in team history.
Nashville was in control from the opening whistle. The team outshot the Kraken 35 to 23, outhit them 25 to 18, won the faceoff battle 27 to 21, and recorded more blocked shots (22 to 19).
Five players are tied for the team lead with two points — Parssinen, Nyquist, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan O’Reilly, Filip Forsberg — while Parssinen is the only player on the team with multiple goals.
Below are some post-game thoughts from the Predators locker room.
Ryan McDonagh talks about Nashville’s inspired defensive effort, which included two strong penalty kills and three blocked shots from him personally on one of them.
Colton Sissons discusses his breakaway shorthanded goal and assesses the Predators’ performance two games into the season.
Gustav Nyquist says the players are buying in to head coach Andrew Brunette’s system and they’re starting to reap the rewards from it.
Andrew Brunette believes the new additions to Nashville’s roster are showing the rest of the club how to win and close out games.
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