Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 2/18/13
Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Nashville defense, one of the stingiest in the NHL, simply failed them this afternoon. In the higher altitudes of Denver, the Nashville Predators dropped a wild and offense-filled game 6-5 against the Colorado Avalanche. A fact that seemed to be lost in the overshadowing of the blown offsides call was the loss of Predators faceoff specialist, and one of the top faceoff men in the league, Paul Gaustad. After signing a 4 year, $13 million dollar deal during the off-season, most fans weren’t sure that Gaustad was worth the seemingly bloated contract. However, during his 12 games with the Predators so far this season, he’s been Nashville’e best faceoff man and listed right now as 5th overall in the entire NHL in faceoff win percentage. Around the 6 minute mark in the first period of today’s afternoon game against the Avalanche, Gaustad mysteriously left the ice not to return for the rest of the contest. What made things worse were Trotz’ use of ...
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