The Nashville Predators ended their hot streak with a resounding 4-1 defeat to the Canucks, as the Vancouver forwards kept the Preds hemmed in their own zone for much of the contest. A 36-21 shot advantage correctly reflected the imbalanced play, but it was more a factor of the Canucks playing well than any particularly poor effort on Nashville's part.
Follow after the jump for the highlights, which include a dandy goal by Patric Hornqvist to break the shutout, along with the advanced stats...
The storyline to follow tomorrow will be the injury news surrounding Jerred Smithson. On an early penalty kill, he blocked a shot that appeared to catch him in the left wrist, after which he went immediately to the dressing room, not to return. Later in the game Francis Bouillon took a stick to the face and missed much of the second period, but came back for the third.
Dan Ellis certainly gave the Preds a chance with 32 saves, but when you spend that much time in your own zone, bad things tend to happen eventually.
Having taken 2 out of 3 games on the Western Canada road trip, the Preds get a couple days off before hosting the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night in the first of a home-and-home series.
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Looking at the advanced even-strength stats, a few points in particular jump out:
- Unless there's some unreported injury concern, we can only assume that Dave Scatchard was benched after taking his 2nd penalty of the night, a careless collision with Luongo. The veteran never hit the ice after that.
- The Hornqvist-Goc-Dumont line was the only one that had a positive evening, with all three players contributing to the lone Nashville goal. I like Hornqvist and Dumont as a winger pair, as Hornqvist is more than willing to shoot the puck, which takes full advantage of Dumont's superior playmaking skills.
- While Erat hustled and Arnott put the puck on net, the top line simply got shut down by the Canucks; that happens, and tonight Nashville just couldn't get enough from the supporting cast.
|Even Strength||Individual Totals||Team Totals While Player Is On Ice|
|Player||Pos||EV TOI||Shots||Shts Blkd||Missed Shts||Blocks||SOG For||SOG Ag||SOG +/-||Tot SF||Tot SA||Corsi|
|J P Dumont||R||14:53||0||0||0||0||9||5||4||16||7||9|