In a virtual replay of their 6-1 Monday loss to Edmonton, the Nashville Predators fell behind 4-0 just minutes into tonight's game in Dallas, and failed mount any sort of comeback, ultimately losing 6-0. Starting goaltender Dan Ellis was pulled at the 6:31 mark of the first, after giving up three goals on the first three Stars shots. This marked the second game in a row that Nashville's starting goalie failed to complete the game.
How bad are things going these days for the Predators? Just ponder the following:
The Preds actually outshot the Stars on the evening 29-26, but since they failed to score, their league-low shooting percentage has now sunk to an abysmal 3.8%, roughly half the scoring rate that the worst-shooting team in the NHL had last season (the New York Rangers, at 7.5%).
The Predators had four separate power play opportunities against the league's worst penalty killing unit, but in eight minutes only mustered 6 shots on goal. Jason Arnott and Patric Hornqvist led Nashville with 5 shots apiece, but the top line was also victimized by the Stars; Steve Sullivan was a -3 for the night, while Arnott and Hornqvist were -2, to go along with Ryan Suter and Shea Weber.
Marty Turco, who came into the game with an atrocious .880 save percentage, earned his 37th career shutout. Six different Stars enjoyed multi-point nights.
Perhaps the most damning post-game criticism came from Larry Murphy on the NHL Network's On The Fly, calling this game "an easy walk in the park" for the Dallas Stars. When has that kind of comment ever been used about the Nashville Predators as an opponent?
And if all that weren't enough, the high-flying Chicago Blackhawks come to Nashville tomorrow night. Sleep tight, Preds fans.