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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at New York Islanders


Nov 13, 2013


The best and worst from Nashville’s 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.


  • Marek Mazanec made his first career NHL start and did not look entirely out of place. While he gave up three goals, he did so on 33 shots. Perhaps it was a performance that would not have earned rave reviews if a) Nashville had not been struggling mightily in net as of late and b) he was not making his first career NHL start. Mazanec looked confident and he seemed to become even more comfortable as the game moved along. It was not a stellar, historical performance, but Nashville held their opponent to under four goals for the first time in four games. At this point, for Nashville, an okay performance in goal is better than the alternative.
  • Former Predators associate coach Peter Horachek picked up his first ever NHL win as a head coach on Tuesday night, as the Florida Panthers knocked off the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. It was the Panthers’ fourth win of the season.
  • Patric Hornqvist scored Nashville’s lone goal on Tuesday night and he did it while putting six shots on the Islanders’ net. Hornqvist’s 54 shots on goal lead the Predators – he has had 11 in their past three games.
  • Seth Jones registered a game-high six blocked shots.
  • The Predators won 38 out of 60 faceoffs. Paul Gaustad alone won 13 of 16. With a 60.8% faceoff percentage, Gaustad currently ranks second in the NHL. With a 55.2% faceoff percentage, Nashville has overtaken the top spot in the league.
  • After the game, the Predators official Twitter account tweeted (and has since deleted): “Preds fall to the Islanders 3-1. Glass half full – we scored a goal.” Let’s be honest, the person behind Nashville’s social media accounts has exactly zero to do with the performance the team has on the ice. In fact, they probably benefit more than anyone on the Internet from a good Predators performance because they do not witness a deluge of angry tweets about how the Predators social media account is responsible for various hockey atrocities. It’s unfortunate that the tweet was deleted, but kudos to them for injecting a little personality into the account and having a little bit of gallows humor after the loss.


  • Nashville took a scoreless streak of 174:48 into the third period before Hornqvist finally scored Nashville’s first goal in three games. The Predators have scored exactly one goal in their last 180 minutes of hockey.
  • After Hornqvist scored with 5:30 left on the clock, Nashville looked to possibly have a point within reach. At least, there was a little more of a chance. At 17:40, Aaron Ness went to the box for the Islanders and Nashville pulled Marek Mazanec, effectively giving the Predators a two-man advantage. Instead of capitalizing on the two-man advantage, the Predators repeatedly dumped and chased the puck, turned the puck over and only attempted one shot in that two minutes – a Ryan Ellis shot, which was blocked by Matt Carkner.
  • David Legwand took two elbowing penalties within a span of four minutes in the first period.
  • Despite assertions that Nashville “won the third period” because they scored a goal and the Islanders did not, the Islanders – a team with goaltending issues similar to Nashville’s – were protecting a three-goal advantage at the start of the period and allowed just one goal in the final 20 minutes. The team only managed one shot attempt while having a virtual two-man advantage in the late third period. One would think that any team would trade the Predators a third period “win” for a three-goal lead headed into the third period.
  • Nashville had two power plays and did not manage to score on either – the Predators have now been held off of the board on their last 10 power plays.
  • The Predators allowed one Islanders goal in five power play attempts.
  • Nashville’s scoring totals on the season continued to drop – the Predators are now only averaging 2.11 goals per game through 18 games.
  • Nashville is now 1-8 when they allow the first goal.