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Afterthoughts – Predators vs Canucks, Game 28


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A few afterthoughts from tonight’s 3-1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks…

Impact of losing Alex Burrows…

It didn’t really cost the Vancouver Canucks, especially with tonight being his first full game missed due to his injury. With Burrows celebrating each goal in the pressbox, the Canucks dispatched the Predators with two goals in the third period after ending the second with a 1-1 tie.

“There’s not much room out there, but you have got to fight to get to those tough areas, and we did tonight. We definitely had a good game,” said Canucks forward Ryan Kesler.

Predators holding steady on defense…

As Weber and Klein are out due to injury, Nashville has been forced to rely heavily on their inexperienced young defensemen to shoulder the load while two of their top defensemen are on the mend. Seth Jones and Roman Josi are averaging 30+ minutes a night already while Victor Bartley, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, and newly-arriving Joe Piskula are all playing tough minutes for the Predators.

“Obviously they are irreplaceable players, just because they are unique in their own ways. At the same time, the guys that have stepped up are playing great. Our D are really young back there and they’re playing really solid for us,” said Predators forward Eric Nystrom.

Mazanec’s performance after his Rookie of the Month nod…

Another strong performance for Nashville’s Rookie of the Month for November, albeit recording another loss on his stellar record. At 5-5-1, Mazanec’s win/loss record doesn’t tell the entire story, including being near top in the league in save percentage and goals against average (which may take a hit after tonight’s game).

Offensive woes coming to a forefront…

Nashville’s offense is, for lack of a better term, stagnant. Scoring three goals cumulative in their past three games, the Predators just can’t find the back of the net on a consistent basis. Are they getting chances? Absolutely. However, it’s all about finishing those chances. Predators head coach Barry Trotz echoed that same sentiment after tonight’s game:

“We just have to bury our chances. You can’t make a guy score. You can make them shoot the puck, you can make them go to the hard areas, but you have to execute. There’s no one in this room or any other room that can score for someone else. When the puck’s on your stick, you have to bury it or get buried. We got buried and we couldn’t score,” said Trotz.

Canucks dominance continues against the Predators…

In their last eight games against the Vancouver Canucks, the Nashville Predators have won only once. Many of Nashville’s contests against the Canucks can be attributed to the success that Ryan Kesler has had over the Predators since their Western Conference Semifinals win over them in the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, Kesler alone can’t win every game for Vancouver, especially against the Nashville Predators, sometimes you have to look at the small things that unravel a team.

“We were in the game there until we took a couple of bad penalties, and let them run away with it,” said Predators forward Matt Hendricks.