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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 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36