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Mully's Musings: at Minnesota

Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 10:03 PM CT / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: at Minnesota
It was a better start for Nashville. It was a better overall effort.

But the result was the same.

The Predators were attempting to bounce back from a rough 6-2 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday, but the Minnesota Wild was too tough and earned a 3-2 win. The Wild, who entered tied for the league lead in points (27), scored all three of its goals in the third period. One came on the power play. Another came shorthanded.

Nashville can’t afford to dwell on its three-game losing streak. The Preds continue their road trip on Saturday when they face division foe Detroit.

On to the musings…
 
THREE MUSINGS
Better start: It was stressed in the moments following the loss to Edmonton. When the puck dropped at Minnesota, the Preds needed to start fast. It took a three or four minutes, but Nashville appeared to have more jump and energy, and it resulted with a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. But the real energy issue took place later in the game, when the Preds had to kill penalty after penalty. They were impressive in killing a power play that lasted 3:03 midway through the second after Colin Wilson was called for a double minor (high sticking). And the Wild had only two shots on net in that span. But as the penalties piled up, Nashville’s energy took a hit.
 
Tootoo flying around: Jordin Tootoo has been superb in his last two games. He continues to play smart, but still has the edge that fans have come to love. He scored Nashville’s first goal at 5:21 of the first. Tootoo was a bit behind the net and to the side, saw a defender leave the front of the net, made his move and snuck it past Wild goaltender Josh Harding. He almost scored an identical goal with 4:40 to go in the first. Tootoo also had the primary assist on Ryan Suter’s 5-on-3 goal with 6:03 to which cut the Wild lead to 3-2. Tootoo has two goals and two assists in the last two games.
 
Up and down: Once again, Pekka Rinne has some great saves. The first goal he allowed came on a 2-on-1, and there was little he could do. Minnesota’s second goal was one he’d like to have back, although it appeared he was screened. The third goal came when he came out to play the puck, but it hit the boards softly, slowed down, and he found himself in no man’s land. Rinne did all he could to disrupt Cal Clutterbuck , who beat Rinne to the puck, but Clutterbuck scored an easy one shorthanded. Rinne experienced a little bit of everything against the Wild, but don’t expect him to hang his head.

 
ONE QUOTE
D Jack Hillen on the third period: “They got a quick one there and that took a little steam out of us. We knew they were going to come out hard. We had a good game plan. I thought we did a better job of executing passes.”
 
THREE STARS
F Cal Clutterbuck, Wild: Shorthanded goal, tied team-high with 4 shots
F Jordin Tootoo, Nashville: 1 goal, 1 assist
G Josh Harding, Wild: Stopped 23 of 25 shots
SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36