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Hutton confident, bounces back when given opportunity against Calgary


Jan 14, 2014


With the end of the season just a little over three months away, the Predators can’t seem to gain any ground on the competition ahead of them. Being shutout 4-0 by the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night, a team holding the final wildcard spot and ten points ahead of the Predators entering Tuesday night, Nashville came into a “must-win” situation against the Calgary Flames. Giving Marek Mazanec a break after playing back-to-back games over the weekend, Predators head coach Barry Trotz gave netminder Carter Hutton a chance to pick Nashville up off their three-game losing streak.

Hutton, who had been publicly criticized by Trotz after a 2-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes, came in with a chance to not only get Nashville two crucial points, but to redeem himself in his first game since January 5th.

“You never really want to be that guy that is singled out, but the hazards of being a goalie is that you are the last line of defense. If I don’t make saves when we need them, obviously it’s my job and that’s what I need to do,” said Predators goaltender Carter Hutton. “We talked about [the loss to Carolina] and we moved on, that’s the way it works. I’ve had many different situations in goaltending and I keep working hard. It’s not the end of the world and I was able to bounce back when I got a chance here tonight.”

Timely saves from Hutton, including a huge breakaway stop on Flames forward Lance Bouma in the first period, kept Nashville in it during the first two periods until they were able to break out for three goals in the third.

“That was a good bounce back game for him honestly. I thought we did a really good job of containing Calgary for the most part, especially in the first two periods. Hutton came up with a really good save on that partial breakaway,” said Trotz. “Calgary hung around and we gave up a late goal in the first which I wish we could take back, but he did a really good job.”

Although his goals against average and save percentages have taken hits from his previous five outings, all losses, Hutton’s win tonight against the Flames may be his first stepping stone back to helping a Predators team that is in dire need of consistent winning goaltending coming down the stretch of the second-half of the season.

“It doesn’t matter how we do it right now, we have to get points. We’re watching the standings now and it’s getting later in the year and we have to find ways to win games. Tonight we had a great effort and got those two points,” said Hutton. “[I got] the chance to get back in and kind of forget about [what happened against Carolina]. Lots of reporters have asked me about that and I know it was a hot topic, but you move on and get out there and show that I can play. Just like I have all season”

Photo Credit: Kristen Jerkins