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Mully's Musings: at Vancouver

Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 11:44 PM CT / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: at Vancouver
After losing 3-1 at Edmonton on Monday, the Nashville Predators appeared poise to bounce back at Vancouver on Thursday. Instead, it was another tough loss on this three-game Western Canadian road trip.

The Canucks jumped out to a quick three-goal lead in the first period and held on to win 5-1 at Rogers Arena. For Nashville, some of the same issues cropped up once again: the inability to stay out of the penalty box (30 minutes of penalties), not getting enough shots on net, and some sloppy puck handling at the blue line.
On to the musings…

THREE MUSINGS
Still fighting: While there are obvious deficiencies in some of the Predators’ play, one thing was apparent on Thursday. Nashville is not packing it in. Colin Wilson, not known for dropping the gloves, got into a fight at the end of the first period. Jordin Tootoo got into a good tussle with Aaron Volpatti. In the second period, Captain Shea Weber was called for a pair of overly-aggressive penalties (cross-checking and boarding). The team had 13 hits in the game at Edmonton on Monday. Nashville was credited with 15 hits through the first two periods on Thursday, ending with 23 for the game. The physical element appears to be back in Nashville's game and that's usually a sign of good things for the Preds. If the Predators clean up other areas of their game, the results will come.

Lindy has Rinne’s back: When Pekka Rinne was pulled after the first period, it wasn’t a slap in the face to Nashville’s No. 1 goaltender. It was more a signal to the other players that they must do their jobs and help out. Backup goaltender Anders Lindback had a tough task. He was making his season debut on the road at Vancouver with his team down 4-1. But he played very well, including looking comfortable on an extended 5-on-3 power play which Nashville killed. The only goal Lindback allowed came later on another 5-on-3 power play.

Shooting issues: Getting shots on net continues to be an issue. After having only 12 shots at Edmonton, the Predators improved on the number at Vancouver but were still outshot 40-26. At the end of the second period, Vancouver led 31-19 in shots.

THREE STARS
G Anders Lindback: A tough situation to make your season debut; stopped 23-of-24 shots, including 10-of-10 in even-strength play
F Colin Wilson: Nice play, poised play to draw the defense to him and pick up an assist on the Preds goal to tie the game 1-1 early; dropped the gloves when the Preds needed a spark, +1 plus/minus for the game
F Jordin Tootoo: Played a physical game with two big hits and a fight; team-high 4 shots on goal

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33