Johansen, Wilson Each Net a Pair, Preds Finish Off Perfect Home Stand
Wilson, Johansen Score Two Each, Nashville Now 8-1-1 at Home
Thanksgiving week turned out just fine for the Nashville Predators.
Behind two goals from both Colin Wilson and Ryan Johansen, the Preds defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-1 final on Friday evening to complete a perfect 3-0-0 home stand. The victory gives the Preds points in eight-straight games at home and a 10-7-3 record overall as things continue to come together in the right way for the club.
“I think even early in the season we had some games that were good too, and we just couldn’t score – especially at 5-on-5,” defenseman Roman Josi said. “I think today we got a couple bounces and one or two goals; they kind of bounced for us. We played a really good game, really sold it. [Pekka Rinne] was great again, like he has been all month.”
Matt Carle Retires from National Hockey League
Nashville, TN – Matt Carle and the Nashville Predators announced Friday that the defenseman is retiring from the National Hockey League after a successful, 12-season career.
“It has been an honor to be a player in the National Hockey League and play for four great organizations over the past 12 seasons,” Carle said. “At this time, I have decided to retire as a National Hockey League player. I want to thank the San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators for the opportunity to play for each organization. I would also like to thank all the fans that I have met throughout my career for the support that you have given me. Most importantly, I want to thank my family for all the sacrifices they have made on behalf of my career. My Parents, brothers, and wife Clancey allowed me to focus on the pursuit of playing the best sport in the world, in the best League in the world and I will always be grateful.”
Bitetto, Saros Return to Preds Morning Skate, Nashville Looks for Sixth Straight at Home
Defenseman Anthony Bitetto, forward Miikka Salomaki (Injured Reserve) and goaltender Juuse Saros returned to the Nashville Predators morning skate on Friday. The Predators are seeking a sixth consecutive victory at Bridgestone Arena tonight.
For the visitors, however, the road has been unkind. The Jets are losers of four straight away from home and will try to right the ship in part one of the teams’ home-and-home series (tonight at 5 p.m. CT). The Preds and Jets will meet again on Sunday at noon at MTS Centre.