Preds Leave Winnipeg Bloody, Looking For Answers
By Josh @Top6Grinder
The Nashville Predators went into Tuesday nights game against the Winnipeg Jets looking to continue a well played road trip and pickup a win against a central division foe.
The Jets came out swinging and before you know the Preds where down 2-0 and coach Laviolette was bleeding from his forehead. Both goals coming on power plays for the Jets and Laviolettes cut above his right eye from a deflected puck of the glove of Evander Kane.
The Preds settled down and played the rest of the game pretty well. It wasn’t the best performance at even strength but it could have definitely been worse.
The power play and penalty kill in my opinion lost the game for the Preds last night. Both continue to be atrocious and in obvious need of repair. I have been saying for a couple of games now if special teams are not fixed it will cost the Preds games in the future. Well, thats exactly what happened last night.
Preds power plays 0/4
Preds penalty kill 2/4
Hopefully the experiment of not having Weber on the #1 PP unit was a one game test because it failed miserably. Weber needs to be on the #1 unit, period.
Colin Wilson, James Neal, and Filip Forsberg had strong games as usual. The rest of the forwards were pretty much invisible. The defense had a good game even strength. Mattias Elkholm has had better games and I am sure he won’t have games like last night often.
The Preds travel to Dallas on Thursday where they need to get the PP and PK clicking and hopefully come away with a big division win.