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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets

PattensPlusMinus

Nov 9, 2013


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The best and worst from Nashville’s 5-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

Plus:

  • Marek Mazanec made his NHL debut in relief of Carter Hutton and essentially stopped the bleeding, playing 51:37 and saving 22 out of the 24 shots he faced. Mazanec’s save percentage in the game was a very respectable .917. Unfortunately, he was handed a three-goal deficit to start with.
  • Nashville put up a season-high 41 shots on goal.
  • The Predators kept the Jets off of the board during Winnipeg’s three power plays.
  • Nashville won the faceoff battle, winning 35 out of 61 draws. Matt Cullen won 14 of 22, while Paul Gaustad won 10 of 16.  Gaustad ranks second in the NHL in draws (61.1%), while Cullen ranks sixth (58.2%).
  • Former Predators associate head coach Peter Horachek was named the interim head coach of the Florida Panthers on Friday, after Kevin Dineen and his staff were let go.

Minus:

  • Carter Hutton allowed three goals on eight shots in the first 8:23 of the game. In his last 5 starts, Hutton has allowed 19 goals and has been pulled twice. His save percentage is 0.851 and his GAA is 4.73 in that stretch. In a word, that’s unacceptable. Hutton appears to be able to make high-percentage saves, but unable to stop anything else. His team has been able to bail him out by going on an offensive tear, but when they were unable to score on Friday, it was made worse by the fact that they had already been put into a three-goal hole. Hutton’s troubles shouldn’t come as too much of a shock – last season in the AHL, he allowed four or more goals on 14 different occasions. In fact, in 120 AHL games with the Rockford Icehogs and the Adirondack Phantoms, Hutton allowed four or more goals in 31 out of 120 games played. Needless to say, this was not the role Nashville intended for Hutton to play. However, with Pekka Rinne coming off of hip surgery, the Predators should have been ready for there to at least be a minor complication that would keep Rinne out for a few games.
  • Seth Jones, who was only on the ice for one of Winnipeg’s five goals, played a career-low 16:44. Only Ryan Ellis (15:21) played less, among Nashville’s defensemen.
  • Craig Smith was on the ice for four of Winnipeg’s five goals.
  • Ondrej Pavelec was in danger of losing his starting job with Winnipeg and had not recorded a shutout in his last 71 starts, while Nashville had just put up 6 goals on the NHL’s best defense in Colorado. Nevertheless, none of the Predators’ 41 shots found their way behind Pavelec.
  • In four power play opportunities, the Predators managed 12 shots, but were held scoreless.
  • After three straight multiple-point games, David Legwand had one shot on goal while losing six of the 10 faceoffs that he took.
  • With 2.94 goals allowed per game, Nashville currently ranks 24th in the NHL.
  • Nashville is now 1-6 when their opponent scores first. By comparison, they are 7-0-2 when they get the first tally.