All Quiet on the Scoring Front…
The Preds now have scored a total of 10 goals in 6 games this season (1.67 Goals/Per Game) & are ranked 29th in the NHL with only the Florida Panthers being worse with one less game played.
Nashville has been shut out two of four games to start this current 7 game road trip. In two of the four games on this trip, the Preds have faced a goaltender making his 1st NHL start in Anaheim & one with almost no experience last night in Phoenix.
Only two players on the roster have more than 1 goal (Legwand 2, Erat 2). Sergei Kostitsyn, who played quite well in the KHL during the lockout has zero goals & only 2 assists while playing top line minutes after being one of the scoring leaders on the team over the past 2 seasons. Craig Smith & Gabriel Bourque are other forwards that are expected to contribute, but have yet to light the lamp.
As far as the D contributing, Shea Weber has zero points so far on the season after being a top blue line scorer over his entire career. So where will the scoring come from? Patric Hornqvist is out for 3-4 weeks with a knee sprain & was expected to be a catalyst for the PP & 2nd line scoring. I am not sure what exactly the problem is, after all the Preds scored 39 secs into the season & had 8 goals in the 1st 3 games (1-0-2), but since have looked listless on offense & have not mounted much of an attack at all outside of a few brief spurts.
This team has very little margin for error in a shortened season, so if not turned around very quickly, the alarm bell should be sounded. Hopefully a day off with some practice time can get things moving in the right direction in LA on Thurs night.
Don’t hit the panic button…yet.