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Nashville Predators 1, San Jose Sharks 4: Sharks quick strikes add to Preds struggles

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Another night of lost sleep, another night of lost points.

Nashville Predators v San Jose Sharks - Game Seven Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Predators got beat yet again, this time by the Sharks.

The Sharks got on the board first. Joonas Donskoi scored after a crazy play where Rinne tried to play the puck about 20 feet from his goal. By the end of the 1st period, the momentum was entirely with the Sharks.

That continued into the 2nd period. A Sharks power play goal by Joe Pavelski made it 2-0. Exactly 17 seconds later, the Sharks score again on a backhander by Tommy Wingels. Just like that, it’s 3-0. From there, the Predators began to crumble in on themselves, generating very little actual offense and giving the Sharks plenty of good looks. James Neal would finally get the Preds on the board late in the 2nd.

The score effect was in full bloom in the 3rd period, with the Preds desperate to get more goals on the board. They had some decent chances, but this game was sealed in the 2nd period. The Sharks added an empty netter (sort of) to make it a 4-1 final.

This road trip was promoted as the first chance for the team to bond together in this young season. I seriously doubt any genuine bonding has occurred.

See you Tuesday, everyone.

Random Observations

  • Decent start for the Preds. Forechecking well and creating some turnovers in the neutral zone. A nice change from their first seven games.
  • Viktor Arvidsson continues to be one of the Preds best forwards. He made a great play to Craig Smith in front of the net but Smith couldn’t put the puck home.
  • The Sharks get a goal after yet another bizarre, unwise, “what are you doing” moment from Rinne. He came out to play the puck and ended up sending it directly into a Sharks player. Props to Yannick Weber for preventing a goal into a completely wide open net. The Sharks retained possession though and Donskoi eventually scored. Just a completely unnecessary and reckless play that led to a Sharks goal.
  • Sharks power play goal early in the 2nd period and it’s 2-0. Rinne’s momentum carried himself and the puck back into his own net.
  • 17 seconds later, Sharsk score again. This team snowballs itself into danger like no other team I can remember. Things go from bad to worse in a heartbeat.
  • My goodness. What the hell do you even do at this point? Absolutely nothing is working.
  • A Preds power play late in the 2nd leads to the best scoring chance of the game. Mike Fisher received a pass wide open in front of the net and hit the post. It was absolutely gut wrenching to watch.
  • Arvidsson takes an inadvertent skate to the head/face from Mike Fisher. Has to leave the ice. Goes to locker room. Gets taped up. Heads back on to the ice.
  • Ryan Ellis sends a low shot on net that James Neal deflects by Jones for the Preds first goal. At least they are on the board.
  • Shooting percentage for the team is probably hovering around 3.0-3.5%, which is so, so terrible.
  • This team is 2-5-1, has 5 points out of a possible 16, and looks absolutely lost. This isn’t injuries or locker room problems... it’s just bad hockey.

OTF Super Duper Stars of the Game

  • James Neal: He scored and generated decent threats on a line with Johansen and Forsberg.
  • Yannick Weber: With only 33% offensive zone starts, he generated a +9 Corsi differential in 12 minutes TOI. He has impressed in the offensive end with some timely pinches and good passing.
  • Ryan Johansen: a possession machine tonight, just couldn’t get on the scoreboard. Generated 20 shot attempts and only allowed 5.

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