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Predators lay an egg on home ice, lose to Minnesota 5-3

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The final score didn't really reflect the play as the Nashville Predators put up a poor performance on home ice against the Minnesota Wild tonight, losing 5-3. Late goals by Jason Arnott and Marcel Goc made things look better than they were, as the Preds failed to take advantage of a first period in which they received four power play opportunities, converting on one, but gave up two late goals to the Wild to head into the first intermission losing 2-1.

You can click the picture above for the photo gallery, or follow after the jump for video highlights (not for the faint of heart), recap, and advanced even-strength statistics...

Trust me, you don't the recap on this one. It was nasty.

In short... too many wide-open forwards left in dangerous areas (especially the Sheppard goal late in the 1st - nobody within 20 feet of him). I have a very big question coming out of this game, which I'll share with you tomorrow in its own post...

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 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
 Jason Arnott C 16:09 4 1 0 0 9 11 -2 19 14 5
 Steve Sullivan L 15:27 2 1 1 0 9 12 -3 18 14 4
 J P Dumont R 11:59 0 0 0 0 2 11 -9 9 15 -6
 David Legwand C 12:12 2 0 0 0 8 4 4 16 7 9
 Jerred Smithson R 12:43 5 1 1 0 9 7 2 16 11 5
 Joel Ward R 11:28 0 0 0 0 6 3 3 12 9 3
 Marcel Goc C 10:33 0 1 0 1 5 10 -5 12 18 -6
 Martin Erat R 12:06 0 0 0 1 12 8 4 20 13 7
 Jordin Tootoo R 13:45 2 2 0 0 4 12 -8 13 24 -11
 Wade Belak R 5:45 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 4 0
 Cal O'Reilly C 8:23 0 0 0 0 1 6 -5 1 13 -12
 Ryan Jones L 10:09 2 0 1 0 2 7 -5 4 14 -10
 Shea Weber D 15:13 1 1 3 3 14 7 7 26 15 11
 Ryan Suter D 14:43 1 1 1 3 12 9 3 22 17 5
 Kevin Klein D 15:10 0 1 1 2 6 15 -9 13 19 -6
 Francis Bouillon D 17:50 1 1 0 1 5 18 -13 11 28 -17
 Dan Hamhuis D 15:16 0 3 1 0 7 5 2 16 8 8
 Cody Franson D 15:34 0 2 1 2 4 8 -4 10 17 -7