Predators' dive extends to five in late loss to Ducks

While they showed admirable pluck by fighting back on four different occasions to tie the game, the Nashville Predators ran out of gas against the Anaheim Ducks tonight, yielding a massive 17-3 shot differential in the 3rd period, and allowing a wide-open Paul Mara to score the winning goal for Anaheim with just 1.7 seconds left in regulation. 

Follow after the jump for all the soul-crushing details...

The Preds return to Bridgestone Arena Saturday, November 13 vs. the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, so plan ahead and use the OtF discount to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game. 

First, the video highlights (viewer discretion advised)...


  • Dare I mention that the power play went 0-for-4 in six minutes of action? I dare...
  • Shane O'Brien's getting exposed a bit these days. He's best suited as a 3rd-pair and PK man, and is having difficulty against elite opponents. Get well soon, Ryan Suter!
  • Colin Wilson had a really off night. He wasn't noticeable at all out there, and the numbers below bear that out.
  • Anders Lindback was OK in a rare start. You can't particularly blame him on the goals that were given up, but he did look shaky on a couple occasions.
  • The Sullivan-O'Reilly-Hornqvist line had a nice night, accounting for 3 of the 4 goals and getting many dangerous chances at other times. It was also great to see Sully cash in on a mini-breakaway.
  • After that, however, the pickings were pretty slim. J.P. Dumont had some nice moments, and that was about it among the forwards.
  • Well, Wade Belak almost got an assist during his 1:48 of action, but Dumont put his pass off the goalpost.
  • It struck me during a late PK that the Preds really don't seem to be blocking many shots this year. Yup, 2nd-lowest total in the league so far.
  • The losing streak now stands at five games, including a shutout on home ice, two blowouts, and two 3rd-period collapses. While folks would like to see some strong action taken, I'm not sure there are many good options available outside of waiting for Ryan Suter and Martin Erat to return. There's nobody in Milwaukee who would provide a significant upgrade over personnel already here, and making a trade under such circumstances is rarely the wise move.

As for the advanced 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
 David Legwand C 16:29 2 0 0 1 3 13 -10 6 18 -12
 Joel Ward R 15:47 0 0 0 0 5 13 -8 13 17 -4
 Marcel Goc C 15:30 2 1 2 0 7 11 -4 18 16 +2
 Jerred Smithson R 14:06 0 0 2 0 3 11 -8 6 17 -11
 Cal O'Reilly C 13:38 1 0 1 0 8 9 -1 17 14 +3
 Patric Hornqvist R 13:17 2 1 2 0 7 11 -4 15 15 0
 Colin Wilson C 12:10 0 0 0 1 1 10 -9 5 16 -11
 Steve Sullivan L 11:57 3 0 2 0 8 9 -1 16 13 +3
 Jordin Tootoo R 9:52 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 8 5 +3
 J-P Dumont R 9:42 0 1 2 0 7 2 +5 14 4 +10
 Nick Spaling C 8:15 2 0 0 1 3 4 -1 5 7 -2
 Wade Belak R 1:48 0 0 1 0 1 0 +1 2 0 +2
 Francis Bouillon D 21:15 1 2 1 0 8 15 -7 19 19 0
 Shea Weber D 20:19 3 0 2 0 6 13 -7 17 16 +1
 Kevin Klein D 18:05 0 0 0 2 8 13 -5 12 23 -11
 Shane O'Brien D 15:33 0 0 0 1 6 12 -6 11 21 -10
 Alexander Sulzer D 11:43 0 1 0 0 5 7 -2 13 11 +2
 Cody Franson D 9:02 2 1 0 0 5 4 +1 12 6 +6

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