Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 10/16/13
Tuesday night, the Nashville Predators edged the Florida Panthers by a score of 4-3. In this instance, the close score was truly indicative of a close game. Coming into the contest, the Predators were middle-of-the-pack in terms of their possession numbers, while the Panthers ranked 26th. Coming off of two straight games in which Nashville dominated their opponents relative to traditional shots and Corsi events, it would have been reasonable to expect that they could extend their streak against a weak possession team like the Panthers. That didn’t end up being the case as the possession numbers were almost dead even,with the Predators coming out with only a slight advantage. This may explain why coach Trotz, David Legwand, and Shea Weber all made allusions to a less than stellar performance. The numbers tend to agree and reflect that sentiment. With most of the game played 5 on 5 and close(with the score within a goal of being tied), score effect doesn’t come into play, so we have a...
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