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Mully's Musings: vs. Edmonton

Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 10:41 PM CT / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: vs. Edmonton
There are those rare times during an 82-game NHL regular season when a team plays flawlessly and does everything well. Then there are times when a team just plays a stinker.
For Nashville, the latter took place last night.

Edmonton jumped out early on the Predators and finished with a 6-2 victory at Bridgestone Arena. The loss ended a solid homestand for the Preds, who earned six out of a possible 10 points. But very little went well on Tuesday night. The Oilers, who defeated Chicago 9-2 on Saturday, showed their skill and speed and held a 3-0 lead after the first period.

It appeared Nashville would be shut out for the first time this season, but Jordin Tootoo and Jonathon Blum added third period goals. But the hole was too deep.

Nashville embarks on a five-game road trip, and the Preds will have a chance to redeem themselves against the Oilers on Monday in Edmonton.

On to the musings…


THREE MUSINGS
Goalie depth: Nashville Coach Barry Trotz did not criticize goaltender Pekka Rinne about giving up three goals on 13 shots in the first period. He said it was more of a team situation. Backup goaltender Anders Lindback started the second period and held the Oilers scoreless for 20 minutes, but Edmonton notched three goals in the third. It will be interesting to see who the coaching staff puts in goal on Wednesday at Minnesota. There was likely a plan to start Lindback against the Wild so Rinne would not have to start back-to-back games, but Rinne would probably want to start on Wednesday considering he played only one period and would like to get the bitter taste out of his mouth.

Scary situation: Captain Shea Weber suffered an injury to his face in the second period, but returned to the ice. Weber finished with an assist and tied for a game-high in blocked shots with two. After the game while facing the media, Weber was obviously frustrated with the team’s performance. But it was one of those moments when it was clear that Weber is the perfect captain for this club. He stayed under control, sternly made his point, and moved on. His on-ice play Tuesday was the way a captain leads by example, as was his demeanor afterwards in the locker room.

Moving on:
It’s a classic situation in the NHL. When a team suffers a bad loss at home, the best thing is a road game. Nashville has that opportunity. And it will come quickly. The Preds will look to regroup when they face the Wild on Wednesday in Minnesota. Road games allow for the team to come together and limit outside distractions. Following the Minnesota game, Nashville will play four consecutive road games before returning home.


THREE QUOTES
D Shea Weber: “We needed to be prepared and we weren’t. We gave the game away in the first period. We got life after that, but that just doesn’t cut it.”

F Mike Fisher: “I think we all need to be better, especially early. We got some chances, but we have to muster something up early and have a better start and get the guys going.”

Coach Barry Trotz: “We didn’t take advantage of a very young defense on their side. We lost the game in the first period.”


THREE STARS
F Jordan Eberle, Oilers: 2 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating
F Shawn Horcoff, Oilers: 2 goals, +2 rating
G Devan Dubnyk, Oilers: Stopped 30 of 32 shots

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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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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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00