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Predators dropped by the Wild in a shootout, losing Colin Wilson as well


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Following up a 6-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville was hoping to match the intensity level using the momentum they had gained to take them into their final road trip of the season. However, it didn’t seem to be in the cards for tonight. The Predators would tie the game at 1 in the third period, but ultimately lost in the shootout dropping them to 10-9-6 on the season.

The game wasn’t the only loss for Nashville as leading point scorer Colin Wilson was lost to an upper body injury during the second period, the second Predators forward to fall to an upper body injury in the past two games (Hornqvist was knocked out of play last night vs Edmonton)

“[Wilson and Hornqvist] are playing hard and things happen. It’s a physical game and we’ll have to go through it. We will have to do it as a group,” said Coach Barry Trotz.

The Wild would get on the board first with a powerplay goal midway in the second period. Zach Parise tipped in a Ryan Suter point shot to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Suter, who was summarily booed throughout the entire evening, finished the game with 1 assist and 28:59 TOI for the Wild.

“[Parise] did a good job. I saw him down there and I was just trying to get it to him and he did the rest and tipped it in. It was a good job by him,” said Suter.

Nashville seemed to not be able to find their footing during the second period, however they would tie the game 6 minutes into the third period, as David Legwand notched his 5th goal of the season.

“In the second period, I thought we didn’t do as good of a job in that area. We needed to manage pucks better. We were down a goal in the third period. The powerplay got us a good goal,” said Trotz. “We found a way to try to win without a couple of our scorers. We found a way to get a point. If we could have won the shootout, we could have had two.”

Yet, falling to 2-5 in shootouts this season, the Predators finish the weekend collecting 3 of 4 points against their opponents during a rare home back-to-back. With Hornqvist, and now Wilson, out for a foreseeable extended amount of time, Nashville has to find a formula to collect some points while their scorers are out.

Coach Trotz hinted at the possibility of bringing additional talent up from Milwaukee to make up for the loss of two of their top offensive weapons. With player like Latta, Beck, and Austin Watson being looked at, the Predators could be a different looking team by the time they make their way back to Nashville on the 21st of March.

While the injuries hurt Nashville’s chances going forward, this is the point where the team has to dig deep and find a way to grab points in the next few games. Their final lengthy road trip of the season upcoming, the outcome could determine whether or not Nashville is a buyer or seller come the trade deadline in the first week of April.