Nashville Predators' dive hits five with 4-2 loss to Stars

This one had great promise, didn't it? A sellout crowd, a gritty effort by an undermanned squad, but ultimately defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars by a 4-2 score. Perhaps the worst part about it was the way Colin Wilson energized Bridgestone Arena with a breakaway goal early in the 3rd period giving the Preds a 2-1 lead, only to see them cough a quick goal right back up to Dallas just over a minute later.

The loss extends Nashville's losing streak to 5 games, and drops them to 10th in the Western Conference.

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

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First here's the Stars vs Predators boxscore, and the video highlights...

While reading, you can also listen to post-game commentary from Barry Trotz, Shea Weber, and Colin Wilson.

As for the rest...

  • You can't fault the overall effort here, but boy is this an offensively-challenged bunch right now. Unless the defense and goaltending are air-tight, there's little chance of victory. The Preds now have the fewest Goals per Game in the Western Conference at 2.31.
  • One crowd-satisfying bit about the effort was the fisticuffs brought by Wade Belak and Shane O'Brien. Moral victories, folks.
  • For another moral victory, read Jim Diamond's look at Chris Mueller's debut. A nice story, for sure, but the Preds need real help, and soon.
  • Does Patric Hornqvist perhaps need to set up a little further out from the crease? Yes he got 14 shots tonight (a franchise record), but when he's right on top of the goalie, too often he's just stuffing the puck into his pads, there's no room to maneuver.
  • That 1st-period shorthanded chance for Nick Spaling was sooooo frustrating. Somebody get the message through that the wrap-around is the least effective shot in hockey. He had room to cut in front of the net to the short side, but opted to go for the wrap-around, which gave Dallas precious time to recover defensively.

And your 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
 Marcel Goc C 15:58 1 2 0 0 8 6 +2 20 8 +12
 Joel Ward R 15:15 1 2 1 1 4 5 -1 14 10 +4
 Sergei Kostitsyn L 14:16 2 3 2 0 9 7 +2 21 9 +12
 Patric Hornqvist R 14:07 12 0 0 1 19 6 +13 26 8 +18
 Cal O`Reilly C 13:59 0 1 1 0 20 5 +15 26 7 +19
 Colin Wilson C 13:27 1 1 0 1 4 9 -5 10 14 -4
 Jerred Smithson R 12:54 0 0 0 1 4 5 -1 13 8 +5
 Linus Klasen L 11:56 1 0 0 0 7 6 +1 18 7 +11
 J.P. Dumont R 11:29 4 0 0 0 14 5 +9 16 7 +9
 Nick Spaling C 7:49 1 0 0 0 4 8 -4 8 11 -3
 Chris Mueller C 3:17 0 0 0 0 1 7 -6 3 8 -5
 Wade Belak R 1:54 0 0 0 0 1 0 +1 1 1 0
 Kevin Klein D 18:51 0 2 0 0 10 7 +3 24 14 +10
 Ryan Suter D 18:40 1 1 0 0 14 7 +7 25 8 +17
 Shea Weber D 17:59 4 4 0 1 14 8 +6 24 9 +15
 Francis Bouillon D 16:54 1 3 2 1 10 10 0 21 18 +3
 Cody Franson D 11:42 2 1 0 1 8 8 0 13 9 +4
 Shane O`Brien D 9:35 1 1 0 0 7 6 +1 10 8 +2
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