Nashville Predators fall to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1

Dec 20, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville PredatorsPhiladelphia, PA – The road woes continue for the Nashville Predators as they drop another road game to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, 2-1.  Claude Giroux had the game winner for the Flyers who will be in Nashville on New Year’s Day.

The Predators continue to be hit by the injury bug as Colton Sissons was out of the line-up tonight after being helped off of the ice on Tuesday night against Chicago.

Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and P.K Subban have been on the injury list for several weeks, and their absence is beginning to strain this Nashville team.  The Predators recalled forward Tyler Gaudet today to join the team.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and left wing Austin Watson (51) battle for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Jakub Voracek put the Flyers on the board at 5:10 of the first period off of a pass from Sean Couturier enabled Voracek to score the slam dunk past Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.

Nick Bonino brought Nashville even at 4:04 of the second period as he crashed the net and took advantage of a fortunate bounce to net the goal to make it 1-1. 

Claude Giroux would give his Philadelphia teammates the winning goal though at 8:33 of the second period on a rush that beat Rinne for the 2-1 Flyers lead.

Carter Hart, a 20 year old goaltender was starting in goal for Philadelphia tonight as the Flyers are trying to find a regular goaltender for the team.  They’ve been struggling all season and are currently under the watchful eye of interim coach Scott Gordon.  The Flyers get their first win for Gordon on Tuesday night.

Nashville had their opportunities in the third period but were unable to convert and outshot the Flyers 34-31.

Nashville will wrap up this road trip on Saturday night as they limp into Boston to face the Bruins for their last game before the Christmas break. 

The Predators return home on Thursday night to host the Dallas Stars.  The puck drops at 7pm.