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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes


Nov 1, 2013


The best and worst from Nashville’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.


  • Matt Hendricks finally scored his first goal as a Nashville Predator…13 years after being drafted by the team. Hendricks, signed in the offseason, registered his first point as a Predator in his 13th game, putting Nashville up 1-0 early in the game. Later in the game, however, Hendricks collided with Phoenix’s Derek Morris and took a long while to get back to his feet, never returning to the game.
  • During the offseason, Eric Nystrom often repeated that he felt he would be a great fit in Nashville’s system. While many believed he was just giving lip service to his new team, Nystrom has continued to put his money where his mouth is, scoring his third goal as a Predator and giving Nashville a 2-0 lead in the first. Nystrom is currently on pace for around 19 goals on the season. In addition, his 27 shots on goal are fifth best on the team. On Thursday night, he led all skaters with 5 shots on goal and 8 hits.
  • Viktor Stalberg ripped the puck off of the Predators goal line in the third period, briefly stalling Phoenix’s comeback and perhaps allowing Nashville to walk away with a point. In 7 games in Nashville, Stalberg has still yet to register a point, but finally made a play that had a positive impact on the game’s final result.
  • David Legwand, who Barry Trotz specifically called out for his lack of production on Saturday night (despite the fact that he was leading the team in scoring), registered a 3-point night (1 G – 2 A). It was Legwand’s second multiple-point night in his last three games and his third of the season. The three points were the most Legwand has scored since March 10, 2012 against Detroit. It was his first 1 goal, 2 assist night (yes, I know that’s a weird stat) since Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Seth Jones led all skaters with 30:19 of ice time and registered an assist on Legwand’s goal.
  • Shea Weber was the only Predators defenseman to not be on the ice for any of Phoenix’s goals. He also had an assist on Legwand’s goal.


  • Nashville had a 3-goal lead in the first period. They registered 40 shots on goal. And they lost. Regardless of the cliches, a 3-goal lead is one of the safest in hockey. In the 1,230 games played each season, only around 30 times does a team with a lead of that size collapse and lose the game. Thursday night was one of those times. Nashville was in the drivers’ seat and Nashville did not win the game. An inability to finish could prove costly during this long road stretch.
  • Carter Hutton has given up 9 goals in his last two starts after giving up 3 in his first 2. Last night, he gave up 4 goals on just 25 shots.
  • Through 12 games, Gabriel Bourque has yet to register a goal. When he was injured last season, he was the team’s leading goal scorer.
  • Storms rolled through Middle Tennessee during the game and right when Tim Peel was getting ready to deliver the call after the review of the Vermette goal, our satellite feed froze. Was it a goal? Was it not a goal? Is Tim Peel still standing in the arena midsentence? Will we ever know? These questions are not rhetorical – the answers are: yes, no, no, yes.
  • It had been assumed for weeks that when Roman Josi came back, Mattias Ekholm or Ryan Ellis would be the odd-man out. Instead, it was Victor Bartley. Bartley, who was on the ice for three St. Louis goals on Saturday, had played in all 12 previous games.
  • After their stretch of 22 killing consecutive penalties ended on Saturday night, Nashville has given up 3 power play goals in their last 7 attempts.
  • Nashville was 29-of-67 in the faceoff circle for 43 percent on Thursday night. This dropped Nashville from the top spot in the league in faceoff percentage to second. Matt Cullen was 5-of-14, David Legwand was 9-of-21, and Mike Fisher was 4-of-13. Only Paul Gaustad had a faceoff percentage of above 50 percent, winning 11-of-19.