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Post-Game Musings: at Carolina

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 9:33 PM CT / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Musings: at Carolina
The Nashville Predators lost in regulation for the first time since Feb. 17 Tuesday night, falling 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. Nashville was undone by its own uncharacteristically high number of penalties, giving a hot Carolina power play six attempts and two power play goals.

Nashville got on the board first with a goal by Craig Smith 4:15 into the game. Jamie McBain answered less than three minutes later for the Hurricanes to send the game into the first intermission 1-1. Preds forward Colin Wilson broke the tie 12:31 into the second period but Carolina’s power play struck twice before the second intermission to claim a 3-2 lead.

Nashville’s power play, ranked second in the league entering the game, was unable to convert on its only chance Tuesday. To add insult, Carolina’s lone penalized player, Bryan Allen, stepped out of the penalty box and into a breakaway that he smacked home to put his team up 4-2 at the 1:28 mark of the third. Gabriel Bourque tallied for the Predators 50 seconds later to give the visitors hope, but no more of their 16 third-period shots would find their way past Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward.

The Predators, now 37-20-7 for the season, return home for a few days before their next game, a road contest against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.


THREE OBSERVATIONS
Undisciplined: Coming into Tuesday’s game, the Predators ranked second in the league in fewest penalties taken per game (averaging 8.8 minutes in the penalty box). Against Carolina, Nashville took six minors for a total of 12 minutes. That put considerable strain on a penalty killing unit that had stopped all 12 chances it had faced over the past seven games. The Hurricane’s power play wasted little time both times it converted Tuesday, tallying 12 seconds into the man advantage once, and 11 seconds the next time.

AK46: Andrei Kostitsyn, acquired from Montreal on Monday, made his Predators debut Tuesday in Raleigh wearing No. 46. He played 12:13, lining up primarily alongside David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist. Paul Gaustad, who was also acquired by Nashville on Monday, was sidelined Tuesday with an upper-body injury. He will wear No. 28. With Andrei Kostitsyn added to the lineup, Brandon Yip was the healthy scratch for Nashville.

Lindback in Net: Anders Lindback, Nashville’s backup netminder, got the start Tuesday night in Raleigh after playing just once in the past 17 games. He stopped 29 of 33 Hurricanes shots in the loss, which amounted to his sixth straight. His last win came in a split performance with Pekka Rinne in Vancouver on Dec. 1, 2011. The Predators are now 3-5-0 this season in the second half of back-to-back games.


POST-GAME QUOTE
Shea Weber: “That’s a quick team. No disrespect to them. They played great. But we didn’t bring our game at all and it was too late in the third to try and get back.”


THREE STARS
1) F, Eric Staal (CAR): 1 goal, 2 assists, 57 percent on faceoffs
2) F, Gabriel Bourque (NSH): 1 goal, 1 assist, +2, 4 shots, 3 hits
3) F, Jeff Skinner (CAR): 2 assists, won 7 of 11 faceoffs

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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