In only his second season in the NHL, Nashville winger Filip Forsberg is trying to make Predators franchise history with the most goals in a single season, and he inched that much closer to setting the franchise’s single-season goal mark Tuesday with a creative and skillful tally.
Forsberg had set up shop in front of the Colorado Avalanche net during a Predators’ 5-on-3 power play and he found himself in the right place at the right time. After a blast from the left circle came from defenseman Shea Weber, the puck ricocheted off of Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, off the foot of Nashville center Ryan Johansen and onto the stick of Forsberg who was drifting towards the far post.
If Forsberg would have fired a backhand on net, there’s little doubt Colorado netminder Semyon Varlamov would have been able to wrap up the shot and kill the play, but Forsberg wasn’t going to settle for giving Varlamov an easy stop. Without stopping his momentum, Forsberg slipped the puck between his legs and fired the puck high glove on Varlamov for a remarkable goal:
Forsberg’s gorgeous tally gave him 32 on the season and puts him one step closer to breaking Jason Arnott’s Predators record of 33 goals in a season. It’s not as if Forsberg is a lock to match or break the goal scoring mark, though. Nashville has only two games remaining with contests coming up against the Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars, so Forsberg will need to have one big night or catch a couple lucky breaks in order to move ahead of Arnott as the Predators’ single-season record holder.
Even if Forsberg does break Arnott’s record, though, there’s a chance the Swedish winger doesn’t hold the mark for long. Teammate James Neal is sitting at 31 goals and he’s just as likely as Forsberg to have a big game.
Forsberg’s play since becoming a full-time NHLer in Nashville has been a serious help for the Predators. He’s become one of their go-to scorers, and it appears his 63-point rookie campaign was no fluke. With two more points, Forsberg will match his freshman output. Just as importantly, he’s very clearly gained more trust from the coaching staff. Forsberg’s average ice time is up nearly two minutes per game in his sophomore season.