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Mully's Musings: at Calgary

Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 11:39 PM CT / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: at Calgary
Calgary and Nashville had met one time this season. It came on Oct. 22 and Nashville shut out the Flames 2-0.

Calgary turned the tables on Tuesday.

The Predators were blanked for the first time in 2011-12 and fell 1-0 to the Flames to even the series at 1-1. One night after beating Edmonton 2-1 and receiving a strong offensive push, the Preds struggled to get much going and didn’t take advantage of multiple scoring chances. A high number of shots went wide of the net, there were few chances off rebounds, and there was little traffic in front of Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Preds wrap up their five-game road trip at Vancouver on Thursday. With a win, Nashville would earn four out of a possible 10 points from the trip. It’s not what the Preds planned as they hit the road, but a win would make for a nicer trip back to town. Now the musings…


THREE MUSINGS
Offense not helping Rinne: One goal by Nashville would have been good enough to earn the Preds a point. Instead, Pekka Rinne did all he could do and his team still came away with a regulation loss. Rinne returned as the starter after getting a breather the night before at Edmonton. He stopped 28 of 29 shots and the only goal he allowed came when Calgary broke out on a 2-on-1, with Jay Bouwmeester finishing it off. Rinne kept Nashville in the game when he stopped a flurry of shots with five minutes to go in regulation, but it went for naught as the Preds were unable to tie the game.

Golden opportunity: Entering Tuesday, Nashville had scored 25 goals in the third period, good enough for eighth in the NHL. Even more impressive, that came in only 23 games. The Preds appeared poised to add to that total when they went on the power play with five minutes to go in the third. Captain Shea Weber showed urgency, kept two pucks in – one with his hand, one with his stick – and fired multiple shots. His teammates seemed to feed off his energy, which was a good reaction to see, but it was too little too late, especially with Kiprusoff on top of his game.

The rookie looks ready: Preds rookie defenseman Roman Josi didn’t do anything to make him stand out from the rest of the players on the ice, and that’s not a bad thing. Playing in only his second NHL game, Josi was poised once again and showed a nifty wrist shot. He played 17:00, more than fellow defensemen Kevin Klein and Jack Hillen, and is showing signs that he could be a staple on the roster.


ONE QUOTE
D Shea Weber: “We did a pretty good job defensively helping Peks out. They didn’t get too many chances. If we can get some more chances on offense, we’ll be fine. We’re going into a tough building (on Thursday at Vancouver) and playing a tough team. We have to play well and generate more offensively.”


THREE STARS
G Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary: Stopped 26 shots for the shutout
D Derek Smith, Calgary: Game-winning goal
G Pekka Rinne, Nashville: Stopped 28 of 29 shots

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

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

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00