The standard line from Predators coach Barry Trotz this season has been that Nashville is not trying to replace departed defenseman Ryan Suter. The Predators’ job is to develop second-year blueliner Roman Josi.
The Swiss defenseman showed how far he has come in Nashville’s 5-4 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.
Josi fired two scoring slapshots — one the game-winner — and added two assists to lead the Predators (9-6-5) to a much-needed win in front of a sellout crowd of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena.
“I think the last couple of games he has played with a lot of jump,” Trotz said. “He’s very comfortable and he’s playing in all situations and he’s becoming a very important part of our team.”
The four points were a career-high for the 22-year-old Josi.
“I think I got some more confidence,” Josi said. “I’m feeling good right now and trying to make plays and use my legs.”
Nashville Predators edge Dallas Stars in OT
Tennessean | Feb 26