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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers

PattensPlusMinus

Nov 29, 2013


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The best and worst from Nashville’s 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Plus:

  • Even though he was saddled with this loss, Marek Mazanec stood tall in net yet again. Mazanec allowed just two goals on 25 shots in 58 minutes and change. However, his offense handed him exactly zero run support. It was the seventh consecutive game in which Mazanec allowed two or fewer goals. Over Nashville’s last seven games, Mazanec is 5-2-0…and in the two losses, Nashville did not score a goal. His GAA on the season is 2.01, while his save percentage is .934. As Barry Trotz said on Monday, he’s not doing anything to not give the team confidence.
  • Victor Bartley played one of his best games of the season, blocking five Edmonton shots. However, there were none bigger than this third period goal line save on a Ryan Jones shot.
  • Nashville did not allow a five-on-five goal all night. The one goal that is officially in the five-on-five category in the box score was Jordan Eberle’s empty-netter. For a team that has been outscored 52-37 in five-on-five situations this season, it was a fairly significant development.
  • Edmonton had three power play situations and Nashville held them off the board in all three. At an 84.5% efficiency rate, the Predators penalty kill is now ninth in the NHL.
  • The Predators won 29 of 53 faceoffs to keep them in the NHL lead with a 55.1% win rate.

Minus:

  • The Predators were shut out for the sixth time this season in 26 games and – going back to last season – for the 15th time in 2013. In their last 74 games, Nashville has been shut out 15 times. That’s an exceptionally high rate. Perhaps more frustrating for the Predators this season is that the shutouts seem to come right after the Predators have solid offensive performances. For instance, Nashville had scored four goals in each of the last two games before Ilya Bryzgalov held them scoreless.
  • Nashville put 33 shots on goal and missed 13 more. However, out of those 46 shot attempts, only 17 were taken within 40 feet of the goal and only six were taken from inside the faceoff circles. When Barry Trotz, Roman Josi and Seth Jones all declare that the Predators were not getting traffic in front of the net, they were not exaggerating. The Predators attempted 40 of 46 shots on Thursday night from beyond 20 feet.
  • The Predators allowed both (non-empty net) goals during four-on-four play within a minute of each other. Edmonton only took three shots during the entire four-on-four, but dominated play. As Barry Trotz said after the game, “Either they were good or we were bad, whichever you want.”
  • Twice in Nashville’s last four games, Marek Mazanec has only allowed two goals and still lost the game due to a total lack of goal scoring by the Predators.
  • At 8:19 of the second period, Rich Clune and Ryan Jones got into a shoving match. Instead of being given coincidental roughing penalties, Clune was given a double-roughing, while Jones just earned one. From an outsiders’ perspective, the penalty did not make a lot of sense.
  • Colin Wilson cannot buy a goal. Repeatedly Wilson would have chances in front of the net and the puck would bounce, Bryzgalov would make a save or someone would be able to get a stick on the puck before it moved away. Wilson has not scored in 12 games and only has three points in that stretch.
  • In the second period, during the four-on-four situation, Edmonton had a 1-0 lead and Sam Gagner took possession rushing up the ice with Taylor Hall to his left side. Kevin Klein was in front of the two Oilers players while Ryan Ellis was skating between them. For some inexplicable reason, Ellis stopped to look behind him, giving Edmonton a two-on-one rush and leaving Klein all alone to defend. Hall scored, making the game 2-0.
  • The Predators are 2-10-0 when the opponent scores first.
  • Nashville is now 0-11 when trailing after two periods.