Well, that game sucked, but let’s talk about it.
The Nashville Predators (22-12-2), I guess you can say are in a bit of a rut without a lot of big names. Arvidsson, Forsberg, Subban, Sissons and Ekholm all taking a seat leaves this team shifting constantly to find the best lineup available. It hasn’t transpired well, and the losing trend continues with a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-4) at Wells Fargo Center.
It wasn’t all in the Flyers favor, though they did take a 1-0 lead again on the second shot of the game as Jakub Voracek found the empty net behind Rinne.
The Predators would get on the scoreboard when Nick Bonino found open net following a deflection in the second period that was later answered by Claude Giroux taking a turnover from the neutral zone and firing a laser beam past Rinne to give Philadelphia a 2-1 advantage.
From there, opportunities succeeded by frustration was the theme for the boys in gold, getting ample penalty kills to swing momentum but striking out on six power play opportunities. At one point, the Flyers had three men in the penalty box. It started with Wayne Simmonds hooking Ryan Ellis, then Radko Gudas flipping the puck over the glass. Then adding double insult to injury was Andrew MacDonald high sticking Kevin Fiala right after the faceoff.
But sadly, the Predators even having a two-man advantage for about two minutes simply wasn’t enough as they failed to muster many shots on Carter Hart. They had many shots blocked and try as they might could not find many open lanes to set up a score.
The last flurry of shots on the 6-on-4 looked maybe promising for the tying goal but fell just short. The loss had a bit of a climactic ending, with Johansen’s shot getting past Hart but clinking the post at 19:59, sadly sealing the deal for another loss.
Now is this really the time to panic for the Predators? Little offensive production with our top name scorers out, too many turnovers leading to goals the other way and still the matter of too many penalties. Hopefully the upcoming Christmas break will be a good rest for our guys as we try to nurse all our injured guys back to health to make a good run in the latter half of the year.
The last game before then is a matinee contest in Boston against the Bruins on Saturday 1:00 pm E.T. Maybe we can end on a good note.