Colorado Avalanche 1, Nashville Predators 0 (OT): Preds Suffer League-Leading 6th Shutout

Doug Pensinger

Sometimes, you have a game like last Thursday, where everything your opponent throws at the net goes in.

Sometimes, like today, everything your team throws at the net gets turned aside.

Have two of those games back-to-back during a desperate chase for the playoffs, and your goose is pretty much cooked.

Today in Denver, the Nashville Predators were shut out for a league-leading sixth time, dropping a 1-0 overtime decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Semyon Varlamov was outstanding while making 34 saves for his third shutout of the season, but the Preds failed to capitalize on a total of six power play opportunities, including 33 seconds of 5-on-3 time in the second period. From here, the Predators move on to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks on Monday.

While they sit 10th in the West at 35 points, most of the teams around them hold two games in hand, while St. Louis & Dallas also hold the advantage in Regulation & Overtime Wins, which is the first tiebreaker to be used at the end of the season. Does this game tip the scales and turn David Poile into a seller at this year's NHL Trade Deadline?

Random Observations

I feel like Stefon from Saturday Night Live recapping this one, because today's game had it all:

  • Paul Gaustad centering the top line between Martin Erat & Sergei Kostitsyn...
  • Patric Hornqvist getting a mysterious Unsportsmanlike Conduct call...
  • Pekka Rinne doing everything but going down the ice and scoring himself...
  • I'd share more but my PC shut down unexpectedly while writing during the game. So nope, I guess I can't finish today, either.

Boxscore - Game Summary - Event Summary

Roll the video highlights (might have to wait a few minutes until they become available)...


And your advanced stats...

Nashville Predators

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Gabriel Bourque L 17:24 15 26 -11 -1 -11
Paul Gaustad C 16:45 17 20 -3 -2 -2
David Legwand C 15:43 13 20 -7 -1 -7
Martin Erat R 14:25 12 18 -6 +1 -6
Sergei Kostitsyn L 13:26 12 15 -3 +1 -3
Taylor Beck L 13:19 12 17 -5 +1 -5
Brandon Yip R 11:21 10 9 +1 +1 +1
Matt Halischuk R 10:28 11 7 +4 +2 +3
Craig Smith C 10:19 10 7 +3 +1 +3
Nick Spaling C 10:09 9 9 0 +1 -0
Patric Hornqvist R 9:07 5 10 -5 +1 -5
Rich Clune L 7:50 6 5 +1 +1 +1
Shea Weber D 19:41 16 29 -13 -1 -13
Roman Josi D 19:23 18 18 0 -2 +1
Victor Bartley D 18:51 17 21 -4 +3 -5
Kevin Klein D 18:49 18 22 -4 +1 -4
Hal Gill D 13:17 11 8 +3 +1 +3
Jonathon Blum D 11:49 10 14 -4 +2 -5

Colorado Avalanche

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
P.A. Parenteau R 19:42 26 19 +7 +1 +7
Matt Duchene C 18:21 17 21 -4 +1 -4
Ryan O'Reilly C 15:46 26 12 +14 -2 +15
Gabriel Landeskog L 14:38 19 7 +12 -1 +12
Jamie Mcginn L 14:08 12 12 0 +2 -1
Chuck Kobasew R 13:08 12 14 -2 -2 -1
Aaron Palushaj R 11:57 17 10 +7 -2 +8
John Mitchell C 11:16 5 11 -6 -3 -5
Cody Mcleod L 10:01 5 11 -6 -2 -5
Patrick Bordeleau L 9:35 9 5 +4 +1 +4
Mark Olver C 8:04 9 7 +2 0 +2
Milan Hejduk R 3:10 4 2 +2 +1 +2
Matt Hunwick D 19:32 24 13 +11 -3 +12
Tyson Barrie D 17:18 22 15 +7 -2 +8
Ryan O'Byrne D 17:03 13 19 -6 +3 -7
Erik Johnson D 16:49 21 14 +7 -3 +8
Jan Hejda D 16:33 13 19 -6 +3 -7
Greg Zanon D 14:58 19 11 +8 -2 +9
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