Predators' penalty kill & goaltending fail them in 4-3 Phoenix loss

GLENDALE AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Goaltender Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators allows a second period goal to Ed Jovanovski (not pictured).

After having bounced back from an early deficit to take a 3-2 lead into the final period, the Nashville Predators melted down early in the 3rd, ultimately losing 4-3 to the Phoenix Coyotes. This time it was a lethal combination of shoddy goaltending by Pekka Rinne coupled with bad penalties that led to the defeat. This extends the Preds' losing streak to three, with games at Los Angeles coming up on Saturday, and Anaheim on Sunday.

Follow after the jump, if you dare, for video highlights, reaction, and the advanced even-strength stats...

First, the video highlights...


Some not-so-random observations:

  • Pekka Rinne had a really odd evening, getting caught way out of his crease on multiple occasions, and appearing to guess what was going to happen rather than react to the play. @TheGoalieGuild made a similar observation in the 3rd period on Twitter.
  • Sergei Kostitsyn's 1st period was really outstanding. Despite getting just 3:10 of ice time, he gave a good screen on Bouillon's goal, and scored his own thanks to a great effort to pressure Adrian Aucoin and steal the bouncing puck. The Preds desperately need any offense he can provide.
  • Jordin Tootoo had some nice back-checking work besides his two assists, and actually led the Nashville forwards in even-strength ice time.
  • It figures that after I detailed his faceoff woes earlier today, David Legwand had a big night on the dot, winning 11 of 14 draws.
  • The dreaded "pass first, second, and third" mentality crept back in at times tonight, as solid shooting opportunities were passed up more than once.
  • Cody Franson's Holding the Stick penalty early in the third was a really bad one to take. The game was tied, and he had position on his opponent as they played a puck behind the Nashville net.
  • Attendance tonight was 6,761. And that's the announced figure - they really need to close on that franchise sale so things can move forward properly.
  • Marcel Goc gave us a real scare late in the 2nd when it appeared he injured a foot, but he came back to play 6 shifts in the 3rd. For his first game back, he looked pretty good.
  • The Sullivan-O'Reilly-Hornqvist line had its moments, but they were few and far between. The sooner guys like Ryan Suter and Martin Erat return to the lineup, the better.

And for your even-strength stats...

 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
 Jordin Tootoo R 14:52 2 2 1 0 6 7 -1 13 13 0
 David Legwand C 13:43 4 0 0 0 10 3 +7 15 10 +5
 Joel Ward R 13:32 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 14 10 +4
 Colin Wilson C 13:30 2 0 0 0 11 1 +10 16 9 +7
 Marcel Goc C 12:35 1 3 0 1 4 5 -1 9 10 -1
 Patric Hornqvist R 11:57 1 0 1 0 7 6 +1 9 11 -2
 Sergei Kostitsyn L 11:53 1 0 0 0 3 7 -4 7 11 -4
 Cal O'Reilly C 11:44 3 0 0 0 7 6 +1 9 11 -2
 J-P Dumont R 10:08 0 1 0 0 6 6 0 14 11 +3
 Steve Sullivan L 10:06 2 0 1 0 5 6 -1 7 11 -4
 Jerred Smithson R 9:05 2 1 0 0 2 9 -7 4 11 -7
 Nick Spaling C 8:40 0 1 0 0 2 8 -6 7 10 -3
 Kevin Klein D 19:01 1 0 0 5 9 8 +1 14 16 -2
 Francis Bouillon D 16:30 1 2 0 0 7 10 -3 15 19 -4
 Shane O'Brien D 16:22 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 12 11 +1
 Shea Weber D 14:58 0 0 0 1 5 10 -5 10 14 -4
 Cody Franson D 13:41 1 1 1 2 10 3 +7 17 12 +5
 Alexander Sulzer D 13:33 0 0 0 1 7 5 +2 12 12 0

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