The Anaheim Ducks went into Thursday’s game sorely needing two points. Unfortunately they were in Nashville.
Teams that visit the Bridgestone Arena haven’t enjoyed their stay more often than not. With a 5-1 victory over Anaheim last night, the Predators are 4-0-0 at home this season after posting a 28-9-4 record in Nashville in 2014-15.
So far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have come to closest to beating Nashville at home as they took three one-goal leads before ultimately falling in a shootout. The Predators other opponents have combined to score just two goals in three games in the Bridgestone Arena.
Of course, Nashville has been fairly effective on the road too thus far and is tied for first place in the Western Conference with a 6-1-0 record. A lot of that success can be attributed to Pekka Rinne‘s early season dominance and James Neal rebounding from his less than stellar 2014-15 campaign. Meanwhile, Filip Forsberg has avoided a sophomore slump thus far.
Still, Nashville has to be careful not to get ahead of itself. The Predators were 5-0-2 at this point last season, but they took a step back in the second half of that campaign and ultimately fell to Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. So they have a recent first hand example to look back on when the “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” saying is thrown around.
Nashville will look to extend its perfect home record on Saturday against Pittsburgh.