Rinne pulled, Oilers beat Preds 6-3…
Sometimes the best thing to do is just burn the tape! Last night the Predators gave up 6 goals for the 2nd straight time at home to the Edmonton Oilers & concluded the season series 1-3 against the 14th ranked team in the Western Conference.
The Preds dominated in shots on goal 44-20, but many were easily gobbled up by Oilers G Devan Dubnyk. Neither Goaltender for the Preds looked particularly great with Pekka Rinne being pulled early in the 2nd period after giving up 3 goals on 7 shots (Lindback gave up 2 goals & 1 empty netter).
David Legwand continued his hot season by scoring 2 goals, giving him 18 on the year. Patric Hornqvist also scored a goal & now leads the team with 24 on the season. Hornqvist had another goal disallowed when Referee Paul Devorski ruled he was in the crease when replay showed he was clearly not in the blue ice (this was as angry as I have heard the crowd be in a long time). Edmonton simply finished off opportunities & the Preds did not.
Time to move on from this one & get ready for a nationally televised game in Pittsburgh on Thurs.
The Great Radu…
Alexander Radulov arrived late last night to Bridgestone Arena & met with team officials including Head Coach Barry Trotz. The Preds will hold a press conference with GM David Poile & Radulov at 9:30 AM on this morning.
All players were listed as healthy going into last night’s game.
The bottom line…..
The Nashville Predators are 42-23-8 (92 Pts) with 9 games remaining and sit 2nd in The Central Division, 8 Pts behind St Louis (9 GR).
-In the Western Conference the Predators are in 4th, with the chase pack: 5 Detroit (92 Pts 9 GR), 6 Chicago (90 PTS 8 GR), 7 Colorado (85 7 GR), 8 LA (84 9 GR) & 9 Phoenix (84 8 GR).
-The Predators next head out to Pittsburgh Thurs 6 CT.
-The Predators gained 0 of a possible 2 points on the unusual 1 game home stand.
-F Patric Hornqvist scored 1 goal Vs Edmonton giving him 24 on the season (leads team).
-F Martin Erat had 1A Vs Edmonton & now has 57 points on the season (ties career high 06/07 & 07/08).
-F Patric Hornqvist & C David Legwand each had 6 shots on goal (team had 44 total- every skater had at least 1 SOG).
-The Preds were -16 for the game with D Ryan Ellis having the misfortune of being -4 & D Hal Gill -3.
-G Pekka Rinne was pulled after giving up 3 goals on 7 shots.
-Leg-watch 500- With 2 Goals Vs Edmonton on Tuesday, David Legwand now has 496 points in his career (187 G 309 A) with the Predators.