The Fangover – Preds drop fourth straight… again

Nashville loses four in a row for the second time this season as they fall to Carolina by a score of 5-2

The Predators were able to come back from a very early deficit to battle the Hurricanes in a more or less even affair, but in the end it was a fourth straight loss for the team in what has been a difficult stretch of games this week. With Klein in and Piskula out, Nashville was still without their captain and, of course, their starting goalie. Carter Hutton also saw his first bit of action in a long, long times, as Mazanec was pulled during the second intermission after allowing 4 goals on 13 shots which, in this Blogger's opinion, isn't super good. 

But Injuries and goaltending can't be the excuse every night – and this evening the Predators just couldn't match the Canes at every shift and got punished for being flat footed as rubber found the back of their net throughout the night. 

It was another night of missed opportunities as Nashville had two breakaways that they could not capitalize on and two notable 2-1s that went unfinished. It was also turnover central as the Preds struggled to efficiently get the puck out of their zone.  

Jeff Skinner got the first hat trick at the Bridgestone arena since, by my and @Jones36's count, March 20th 2012 when Alex Hemsky scored three in a 6-2 win for Edmonton. A fun fact, it was both player's first career hat tricks. 

The Preds drop to 0-3-1 in their four game homestand … which, in this Blogger's opinion, isn't super good. 

Random Thoughts and Notes and things

The Scouting Report may be in on Marek Mazanec – after being nominated as rookie of the month, it seems that at least the Hurricanes coaching staff may have taken a closer look at the rookie netminder. Granted their is only so much tape to look at, but three of the goals on Mazanec were glove side just over the pad. You've gotta think that's not a coincidence. Hutton replaced him going into the third. 

Stalberg scored but he's missed just about a breakaway a game over the last 7. You can tell why fans of the Blackhawks got so frustrated with his play. He could be so much more! But instead he raises the collective hopes of the crowd before crushing them with an iron fist. 

Our powerplay is baaadddd without the Captain Shea Weber on the point. His 5 PPGs and 3 PPAs are clearly missed as we are 0/11 on the powerplay since his injury.

With that said, the defenseman are returning. After missing a pair of games, Klein played tonight alongside Bartley on the second pairing. Weber practiced briefly today and should be practicing at 100% on Friday in anticipation of a return against Washington this weekend. 

During a 5-3 opportunity the Preds oddly went with 2 forwards and 1 D for the Kill. Josi, Gaustad and Hendricks were the PK unit. Gaustad, Hendricks and Nystrom have definitely proven their worth as penalty killers this year, but it was really neat and bizarre to see a 2 F 1D PK. Absolutely not the norm. 

Getting a deflection off of a Bartley shot, Fisher ties Shea Weber for goal scoring lead on the team. Although it's hard to give him much credit for tonight's as he was trying to dodge the puck completely. 

Tonight in EA Sports NHL 14 Be a GM I traded Sissons, Aberg, Gaustad a first and a fourth for Marian Gaborik. Gaborik got a hat trick in his first game on the team and I still didn't get an extra damn phone! 

Scoring Summary

1-0 CAR Justin Faulk, Unnassisted at 0:23 in the First

1-1 NSH Mike Fisher from Bartley and Jones at 0:50 in the Second

2-1 NSH Viktor Stalberg from Nick Spaling at 2:41 in the Second

2-2 CAR Jeff Skinner from Ryan Murphy and Tuomo Ruutu at 6:11 in the Second

3-2 CAR Riley Nash from Dwyer and Hainsey at 11:51 in the Second

4-2 CAR Jeff Skinner on the Powerplay from E. Stall and Faulk at 19:08 in the Second

5-2 CAR Jeff Skinner empty netter from Faulk and Sekera at 17:53 in the Second

Goaltending Stats

NSH: Marek Mazanec (L) – 9 saves on 13 shots; played 40:00

NSH: Carter Hutton (L) 9 saves on 9 shots played 18:34

CAR: Justin Peters (W) – 20 saves on 22 shots; played 60:00  

My Three Stars

1. Jeff Skinne: 3 Goals

2. Justin Faulk: 1 Goal, 2 Assists 

3. Seth Jones: 1 A lead team in Ice time by 4 minutes

Line Up Report

Predators scratches: Weber, Clune, (Piskula sent to AHL)

Predators starters:

Hurricanes scratches

Hurricanes starters: Tuomo Ruutu, E. Stall, Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk, Andrej Sekera, Justin Peters

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – VAN

Faceoffs Report