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Nashville Predators 1, Minnesota Wild 4: Preds Strike Early, Fall Apart Late

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Nashville loses their second straight regulation game after a 15-game point streak

NHL: Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Nashville Predators traveled to the Land of 1000 Lakes to face off against the division rival Wild tonight, falling yet again 4-1.

The game started off slowly for both teams, with a total of 5 shots on goal combined in the first 5 minutes. Yannick Weber took a hard hit 7 minutes in and took a trip to the locker room, and just over a minute later Ryan Johansen shot, gathered his own rebound, and put it past Dubnyk for the first goal of the game. The Predators continued to dominate possession for the most part, excluding a few Wild breakaways, and the Predators got the first power play of the night with about 4 minutes to go in the first. They were unable to get a shot off in the power play, and the Wild almost scored before Jason Zucker crashed into the goal and ended the play right there.

The Wild started the second period looking to tie the game up, and they were able to do so about three minutes in as Joel Eriksson Ek grabbed the puck out of a scramble in front of the net and scored. Shortly thereafter, Forsberg was sent to the box for cross checking. Pekka Rinne was able to make the necessary saves and the Predators returned to even strength tied up with the Wild. Both teams traded possessions for the next few minutes before Ryan Johansen was sent to the box for slashing. A fumble on Rinne’s part followed up by a failed clear allowed Nino Niederreiter to put the Wild up 2-1 with 6:15 left in the second. Neither team managed to get much going for the next five minutes, up until the Preds found themselves on the penalty kill with just over a minute left for too many men on the ice.

The Predators killed off the power play, but 1:30 into the third, Minnesota extended their lead to 3-1 as Zucker corralled a loose puck and pushed it past Rinne. Josi went to the box a few minutes later after a delay of game, giving Minnesota their 4th powerplay of the night. The Wild got whistled for delay of game with more than 9 minutes left in the game, but the Predators were unable to score on the man advantage. A few minutes later, a fight made it a 4-on-4 game for 2 minutes, and Peter Laviolette followed that up with an ejection. Neither team scored on the 4-on-4, but the Wild tallied an empty netter to add to their lead, and that is where the score would stay.

Random Observations

  • So Rinne in net tonight means that the Juuse will be loose in Winnipeg tomorrow night
  • Hopefully Yannick is okay, but at least we have depth at the defenseman position
  • Lol Joey just got his own rebound and scored. This is amazing
  • Austin Watson is out to kill people everyone
  • So the power play still needs work
  • That goal was not good to let in
  • Penalty = kilt
  • That one was even worse
  • This has been a very, very bad period
  • Murphy’s Law, everybody
  • Penalty = kilt
  • Oh. Oh no
  • Penalty = kilt
  • Delay of game called on...Dubnyk?
  • Early whistleblowing....
  • 4-on-4 hockey time
  • Peter Laviolette getting ejected is about how this game has gone all night
  • Well, guess we have to wait for tomorrow to start a new win streak

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Pekka Rinne - He did his best to keep the Preds in this game
  2. Ryan Johansen - The JoFA line struck again, getting the only points in the game
  3. Scott Hartnell - He stood up for his teammates

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