Monday, January 24, 2011

Preds special teams falter, drop 3-1 decision to Flames

The Nashville Predators dropped the second game of a back-to-back set, losing in rather poor fashion to the Calgary Flames by a final of 3-1. The loss snapped Nashville's three game winning streak, but still leaves them a game over .500 on the current road trip, with the final game to be played in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

To the recap...

1st Period

  • The Preds came out flat tonight, and Calgary took advantage, as they were all over Nashville early on. 
  • Calgary got on the board first at 10:14, as a Curtis Glencross shot that Shea Weber was attempting to block popped up and over Pekka Rinne. Chris Mueller made a valiant effort to try and keep the puck out, but to no avail. Just bad luck all around for the Preds on that goal.
  • Just a really bad period all around. Not sure if playing 24 hours earlier had anything to do with it, but these guys have played plenty of back-to-backs this season, so excuses are few and far between at this point in the season.

2nd Period 
  • Nashville knotted up the score at 10:32. Joel Ward threw a backhand attempt from the corner, and David Legwand swatted a Colin Wilson rebound out of the air by Mikka Kiprusoff.
  • Calgary would re-take the lead while on the powerplay at 13:01, as a bouncing puck eventually went off of Matt Stajan's stick and to, of all people, Jerome Iginla. Iginla had essentially the entire net to put the puck in, and he did so with little effort. An abysmal effort on the PK from the Preds.

3rd Period 
  • The Preds started the period off better than the previous two. There wasn't any scoring, but the energy and chances were there. 
  • The longer the Preds went without tying the score, the likelihood of Calgary adding onto their lead increased. That finally happened at 14:18, again on the powerplay, as Brendan Morrison was on the receiving end of a beautiful tic-tac-toe play, having the whole net to put the puck in as the end result, and essentially killing any chances of the Preds getting back in the game.

Other Thoughts 
  • 0-for-5 on the powerplay. What else is new?
  • On the other side of the special team spectrum, the Preds 5th-ranked PK unit gave up two powerplay goals tonight, and looked bad on both of those goals. Committing six penalties on the night didn't help matters any.
  • The injuries continue to pile up, as JP Dumont was scratched after taking a stick to the back of his neck during the game against Edmonton last night. 
Just chalk up tonight as one of those games. At this rate, I cannot wait for the All-Star break to get here. Hopefully we'll get a few of our guys who are dinged up back, and get the guys who have been playing their tails off lately some much needed rest. Still one more game on the agenda, the first against ex-Pred Dan Hamhuis and the high-flying Vancouver Canucks; should be an intense matchup.

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