After a short lived winning streak, the Nashville Predators are back on the losing end, failing to get victories against two of the worst teams in Western Conference. Friday, Nashville blew a lead to the Calgary Flames, then losing in the shootout 5-4. At Rexall Place Sunday, the Predators lost to the Edmonton Oilers 5-1.
Carter Hutton, who was riding a four-game win streak, sees it now snap. In the prior four games, Hutton has had a .944 save percentage. Against Edmonton, Hutton had a .815 save %, making 22 saves. Former Oiler, Devan Dubnyk did not get the nod from head coach Barry Trotz to play in his former home.
David Legwand was Nashville's only goal scorer, who scored on a 2 on 1 from the right circle at 15:25 in the first period to tie the game at one, a piece. Edmonton's five different goal scorers were Justin Schultz (2:59), Jordan Eberle (19:48), Ryan Smyth (30:12), Nail Yakupov (36:46), and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (55:32).
Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins' goals were on the power play. Nashville went 1-for-3 on killing penalties, now without Kevin Klein.
Nashville had two goals waved off in the second and third periods, respectively. The first illegal goal came 48 seconds into the second perod due to goaltender interference by Taylor Beck. The second was during the third because of goaltender interference after Craig Smith scored. Ben Scrivens caused contact with Beck, who was on top the netminder before the Smith's shot was attempted. That deemed interference, according to the official.
The Predators finish off their road trip now in Winnipeg Tuesday night at 7pm.
– David Legwand's first period goal gave everyone at least some confidence in the Predators' odd man rushes. As of late, they have been nothing short of crap. Legwand's shoot first mentality, something that is uncharacteristic of the veteran, is something Nashville has been lacking. When Legwand shot, what do you know? He scored. Good to see Leggy get one in the net.
– No question Taylor Beck interfered with Ben Scrivens at 0:48 into the second period, but the goal should have counted anyway despite the contact because the puck was already beginning to enter the net. The puck was obviously behind Scrivens and went in as Beck made contact. Unfortunate for the call-up, but is something that is hard for referee to call exactly.
– Mattias Ekholm saw just two shift as the 7th defenseman Sunday night. Ekholm's first shift was at 11:30ish mark of the third period. No that isn't a mistype. His second, and final shift, was in the final seconds of the game. Pretty atrocious coaching by Trotz and Housley to not put Ekholm on the ice after nothing was working defensively once it was 3-1.
EDM 0-1: Justin Schultz – Joensuu and Smyth at 2:59 in the 1st
NSH 1-1: David Legwand – Spaling and Smith at 15:25 in the 1st
EDM 1-2: Jordan Eberle – Hall and Nugent-Hopkins at 19:48 in the 1st
EDM 1-3: PP Ryan Smyth – Potter and Hall (2) at 10:12 in the 2nd
EDM 1-4: Nail Yakupov – Gagner at 16:46 in the 2nd
EDM 1-5: PP Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle and J. Schultz at 15:32 in the 3rd
NSH: Carter Hutton (L) – 22 saves on 27 shots; played 59:57
EDM: Ben Scrivens (W) – 34 saves on 35 shots; played 59:59
My Three Stars
1. Ben Scrivens: 34 saves
2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Goal & Assist
3. Taylor Hall: 2 Assists
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Cullen and Stalberg
Predators starters: Beck, Fisher, Hornqvist, Weber, Josi and Hutton
Oilers scratches: Ference, Arcobello and Hemsky
Oilers starters: Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle, J Schultz, N Schultz and Scrivens