After a series of five consecutive defeats, Captain Roman Josie returned to success with the Nashville Predators. The Bernese defender made a decisive contribution to his team’s first home win of the season in a 6–2 win against the St. Louis Blues with three scoring points.
Josie scored well seven minutes before the end to make it 5:2. His long-range shot missed the goal, but the puck bounced off the board and found his way through goalkeeper Thomas Grease into the goal. Earlier, Josie, who was voted the best player of the game, already had goals of 1:1 and 2:2 credited with assists.
It was Nashville’s first win of the season on North American ice after a successful debut in Europe with a double against the San Jose Sharks. In the last five losses, Josie, who now has four scorer points, did not involve in a goal – an unusual lull for Nashville’s top scorer last season. Meanwhile, his Graubünden teammate Nino Niedreiter was unable to add to his personal account (4 goals / 1 assist).
Maier wins Swiss duel
Another Swiss player, Timo Maier, was able to celebrate his first goal of the season. The Appenzel striker, who worked for the San Jose Sharks, also took a temporary 3-1 lead in a 4-3 home win after extra time against the Toronto Maple Leafs on the power play. Dennis Malgin made a comeback for the Canadian audience after being a surplus player in the last three games.
Fiala with helper
This set up a defeat for the remaining Swiss who were deployed. Kevin Fiala lost to the Los Angeles Kings in 4:6 at home to the Winnipeg Jets, but was still able to record an assist. Pius Suter lost 5–1 to the Boston Bruins with the Detroit Red Wings and Philippe Kurashue lost 6–5 with the Chicago Blackhawks in a high-scoring game at home to the Edmonton Oilers. With the Oilers, Conor McDavid shone as a three-goal scorer.
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