Phoenix Coyotes 4, Nashville Predators 0: Offense Dries Up in the Desert

Christian Petersen

The Nashville Predators' offensive challenges continued in their first game without Patric Hornqvist, as they put up only 3 shots on goal in the 1st period on their way to a shutout at Phoenix.

Saturday, the Nashville Predators lost to Viktor Fasth in his NHL debut for the Anaheim Ducks. Tonight, it was Chad Johnson playing only his 7th NHL game and shutting them out, as the Preds never really threatened in a 4-0 loss that drops their record to 1-2-3.

Your random observations:

  • Paul Gaustad getting some offensive zone faceoffs on the power play? I like that idea, particularly if they're looking to set up Shea Weber for a point shot.
  • On the positive side, until late in the 3rd I liked what I saw out of the penalty killers tonight. They did a great job blocking passing lanes and restricting puck carrier's free space.
  • On the negative side? Whoa, we could go on for quite a while. So few shots, especially from the dangerous areas of the ice. The Coyotes forwards fired 16 shots on net, to just 10 for the Preds forwards.
  • Your Sergei Kositsyn Update: 6 games, 3 shots on goal.
  • Pekka Rinne? Not the problem at all.
  • From here, it's on to Los Angeles for a Thursday date with the Kings.

As for your advanced stats...

Nashvillle Predators

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Mike Fisher C 17:09 19 12 +7 -1 +7
Colin Wilson C 16:39 21 13 +8 0 +8
Martin Erat R 15:30 17 12 +5 0 +5
Sergei Kostitsyn L 13:15 13 11 +2 0 +2
David Legwand C 12:57 11 11 0 0 0
Gabriel Bourque L 12:47 8 11 -3 +1 -3
Nick Spaling C 11:52 9 11 -2 0 -2
Craig Smith C 11:09 8 5 +3 -1 +3
Brandon Yip R 9:37 5 12 -7 -2 -6
Matt Halischuk R 8:16 6 2 +4 0 +4
Paul Gaustad C 7:59 7 10 -3 -1 -3
Rich Clune L 5:41 4 3 +1 -2 +2
Roman Josi D 19:36 26 20 +6 -2 +7
Shea Weber D 19:23 26 20 +6 -2 +7
Scott Hannan D 17:52 10 12 -2 -1 -2
Ryan Ellis D 17:14 14 11 +3 0 +3
Hal Gill D 11:28 5 7 -2 0 -2
Kevin Klein D 10:50 7 6 +1 +1 +1

Behold the magic of Score Effects, as most of the Preds' shots came after they had fallen well behind. That first period was positively brutal to watch.

Phoenix Coyotes

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Lauri Korpikoski L 16:08 12 15 -3 +2 -4
Boyd Gordon C 14:59 9 16 -7 +2 -8
Mikkel Boedker L 13:57 7 13 -6 +2 -7
Alexandre Bolduc C 13:26 9 11 -2 +3 -3
David Moss R 13:20 8 15 -7 +2 -8
Shane Doan R 13:12 16 11 +5 -3 +6
Radim Vrbata R 12:53 6 10 -4 +2 -5
Antoine Vermette C 12:34 17 10 +7 -3 +8
Steve Sullivan L 9:10 8 5 +3 -1 +3
Kyle Chipchura C 9:01 8 8 0 +1 -0
Nick Johnson R 8:18 8 10 -2 -2 -1
Paul Bissonnette L 5:54 6 4 +2 +1 +2
Keith Yandle D 22:12 19 15 +4 +1 +4
Derek Morris D 21:38 17 18 -1 +1 -1
Zbynek Michalek D 16:12 13 14 -1 +1 -1
Oliver Ekman-Larsson D 14:28 11 16 -5 +1 -5
David Schlemko D 11:45 7 13 -6 0 -6
David Rundblad D 10:18 9 12 -3 0 -3

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