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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators vs. Philadelphia Flyers

PattensPlusMinus

Dec 1, 2013


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The best and worst from Nashville’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Plus

  • Marek Mazanec continued to be stingy with the goals, letting in only two Flyers goals in 24 shot attempts. It was Mazanec’s eighth straight game of allowing two or fewer goals. Over his last eight games, Mazanec has only allowed 12 goals. On the season, he holds a 5-4-1 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
  • Joe Piskula made his debut with the Predators after having a very, very late call-up. Piskula was on the road with the Admirals preparing to play the Charlotte Checkers last night and even got so far as to take morning skate before being told to pack his things and head to Nashville. His flight arrived about five hours before gametime. Piskula only played a little over ten minutes, but he registered two shots on goal and was barely noticeable, which for a defenseman generally means that you are playing your position well. Also, a late Movember entry, Piskula may well have the best mustache in the locker room.
  • Roman Josi stepped up while Shea Weber and Kevin Klein were out and carried a giant load. Josi played 32:36 on Saturday night – only four seconds short of playing in exactly half of the 65 minute game. He also blocked four shots.
  • Seth Jones also took up a lot of the burden, playing 30:43 and blocking three shots.
  • Jones and Josi played at least more than 12 minutes more than any other defensemen on Saturday. Victor Bartley played the third most with 18:55 of ice time.
  • Patric Hornqvist returned to Nashville’s lineup after missing the last two games and made an immediate impact, feeding Mike Fisher on his first period goal. Hornqvist showed no residual signs of injury, playing 22:44 in the contest.
  • Mike Fisher opened Nashville’s scoring with his sixth goal of the year. Fisher now has three goals in his last four games.
  • Colin Wilson finally broke his 13-game goalless drought, putting the puck past Steve Mason in the third period. However, Wilson would hit a pipe in the third period and be stoned by Mason on a breakaway in overtime.
  • Nonenforcer Gabriel Bourque picked up his eighth point in his last nine games with an assist on Wilson’s goal.
  • Every single Nashville skater registered a shot on goal. Matt Cullen led the charge with five.
  • The Flyers had three power play opportunities and the Predators killed them all. At 85.1%, the Predators penalty kill is now ranked eighth in the NHL. Last season, it was ranked 29th with a 75.5% success rate.

Minus:

  • Nashville had five power play opportunities, but did not manage a goal on any. In fact, Nashville only managed one power play shot. In five power plays, Nashville managed one shot on goal. The performance was enough to drop Nashville out of the top ten in the league and into 12th with a 19.8% efficiency rate.
  • The Predators record when they trail first dropped to 2-10-1.
  • Nashville has lost all three shootouts this year. Going back to last season, they have lost six shootouts in a row.