In putting together a four-game winning streak, the Predators compiled impressive defensive numbers.
They surrendered only four goals, and only one of those was at even strength. Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 112 of 115 shots in the 250-minute span.
But ask coach Barry Trotz about what his team is doing well defensively going into today’s game and shot blocking comes up quickly.
“Guys have really done a great job of sacrificing and paying the price,” Trotz said. “Shot blocking is a pretty important statistic also. We’re one of the better teams there because guys have been willing to do what it takes.”
The Predators entered the weekend tied for seventh in the NHL in shot blocking. They had 19 in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Los Angeles.
Going into Friday’s games, Mike Fisher was tied for first among all forwards with 17 blocks, while Scott Hannan ranked 11th among defensemen with 26.
“It’s something that’s important to us,” Fisher said. “We’re not a team that’s scored a lot of goals so far, so we know we have to do a good job in our own end and blocking shots is part of that.”
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