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Over the past handful of games, saying that Colin Wilson was snake-bitten would be a bit of an understatement. Wilson, who turned 24 last month and is in his fifth season with the Predators, collected his first goal tonight since November 6th against Colorado.
His goal five minutes into the third period seemed like it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Predators, giving them a 2-1 lead. However, with Couturier scoring to tie the game eight minutes later, and missing three game-winning chances of his own throughout the remainder of the game, Wilson could take little solace in his first goal in 11 games.
“It felt good, but I wish I could have had a couple more there. It was good to get that [goal], hopefully it will get me on a roll,” said Predators forward Colin Wilson after Nashville’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers.
Wilson played a strong game against Philadelphia, playing over 19 minutes in 29 shifts, recording a goal, and a +2. It seemed like he would get the eventual game-winner as well. However, with a shot off the post midway through overtime and a stick save by Flyers goaltender Steve Mason on his breakaway with 32 seconds remaining in the extra frame, Wilson ended up fielding questions about his confidence and frustration level in the locker room.
“It’s a move I’ve thrown a few times before. Everytime I’ve thrown that, it’s gone in. Mason did a great job getting his stick in the five hole. It doesn’t hurt my confidence, I just gotta keep going,” said Wilson. ”I was frustrated, obviously. It’s something I’m going to forget about. I’m going to focus on my play and the fact that I was getting those chances tonight. They’re going to start coming more so I’m not too worried about it.”
Head coach Barry Trotz had a more critical approach to Wilson in his post-game press conference. Nashville re-signed Wilson to a three year, $6 million contract last summer, and Trotz is expecting more from a player that management feels should be one of their top forwards.
“He’s gotta score for us. He’s got four goals and we’re getting to 26 games [on the season], he’s gotta be a producer for us. Twice he had a chance to be the hero tonight and unfortunately he wasn’t able to beat [Mason],” said Trotz.
Wilson’s 13 points (4g, 9a) in his 27 games is tied for fourth overall in scoring for the Predators, but there is clear room for improvement. He’s currently on pace for 39 points this season, which would be a career high for him. Yet for a player drafted in the first round by Nashville, and who’s on their first line along with Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist, they need Wilson to produce at a higher level.
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BEST OF MAXIM
Shea Weber is out with an upper-body injury and Kevin Klein is out with a lower-body injury. As a result, the blueline of the Nashville Predators will consist of Roman Josi, Seth Jones, Ryan Ellis, Victor Bartley, Mattias Ekholm and Milwaukee Admirals call-up Joe Piskula.
Here are some eye-opening stats about tonight’s defense corps:
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Claude Giroux scored in the first period, and Sean Couturier's goal at 13:06 of the third tied it up at 2-2 to help the Flyers reach the shootout.
Steve Mason made...
No Shea Weber. No Kevin Klein. No problem.
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Barry Trotz Postgame Press Conference
Tonight’s Three Stars (as voted by Nashville media):
1) Vincent Lecavalier
2) Colin Wilson
3) Sean Couturier
Tonight’s Three Stars (as voted by The Predatorial):
1) Sean Couturier
2) Colin Wilson
3) Mike Fisher
1) Sean Couturier
2) Colin Wilson
3) Mike Fisher
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