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With a chance to get into the Top 8, the Predators literally missed that boat tonight and dropped a real tough game to the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2
Powerplay – 0 for 2, 0%
Powerplay For The Season – 34 for 232, 14.7%
Penalty Kill – 1 for 1, 100%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 35 for 239, 85.4%
Best Play of the Game: The last 3 minutes of the first period provided the most entertainment in this game. First, Jon Blum is able to put a wrister from the point past the team he grew up watching to tie the game at 1 apiece. THEN, Captain Weber and Jordin Tootoo both laid some vicious hits in the closing minute to bring the fans to their feet and leave the first period with a loud and raucous crowd.
Worst Play of the Game: There was a moment in the second period that completely defined this game. While the Predators were trying to put pressure on the Kings and Bernier, a puck came floating out to Shane O’Brien who was about 10 feet from Bernier while the Kings goalie was LITERALLY laying on his belly and dead to rights. And what happens to the puck? Blocked away from the play and then taken out of the zone. That play right there solidifies the “it’s just one of those kind of nights” kind of thought.
Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: Anze Kopitar – How Dustin Brown got the 1st star is beyond me, as Kopitar was the better player. Kopitar had the first goal of the game, assisted on the third, and was a +3 on the night.
The Bad: Legwand/Erat – Oh what happens to a line when their catalyst is out with an injury. Both players ended up a total of -6 for the night as they were on for all 3 5-on-5 goals and had 0 points as well.
My Preds #1 Star: Jon Blum – He had the first goal for the Predators and was the ONLY Predator to be a plus on the stat sheet
Synopsis: When coming into the arena and sitting in my seat, I was nervous about this game. I thought to myself that THIS game was more important than the next 3. It would give us a chance to get into the top 8 and get some separation from the Anaheim Ducks (who play tonight versus St. Louis). However, once LA got that weird first goal, I knew it was going to be a long night.
My night didn’t look any more promising when the Predators seemingly had a bunch of opportunities in the second, albeit none that were really quality chances, and just COULDN’T put any of them in the back of the net. When you’re having that kind of period you just end up thinking to yourself, “it’s going to be one of those nights,” and one of those nights it definitely was.
The Predators out shot and out hit the Kings, however it didn’t matter. The Kings came in on a mission to sweep their first 4-game roadtrip and completed it almost in a matter of ease against Nashville.
Nashville definitely lucked out later in the night as both Dallas and Calgary lost their games and didn’t progress in the standings. What’s this mean for Nashville? It means we’re STILL one point out of 8th and have that opportunity to get back INTO the Top 8 on Thursday against the Bruins and catch the next boat instead of just watching it sail past like they did on Tuesday
Next game is Thursday March 17th against the Boston Bruins at 7:00pm. Get your tickets quick for this St. Patty’s Day showdown pitting the top 2 goaltenders in the league against each other, it’s going to be a dandy. You can use the link at the top to buy your tickets!
Playoff Outlook: 80 points, Currently, 9th place – 1 point out of 8th, 2 points out of 7th, 10 points out of the division lead
Best of 19 Record: 3-2-2
March Record: 3-2-2
What SportsClubStats Says?: Predators need to go 7-1-4, 8-2-2, or 9-3-0 to secure a playoff spot
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