Found November 11, 2013 on The Predatorial:
The best and worst from Nashville’s 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. Plus: The McRib is back. The Predators did not have a holding call in their own end zone that resulted in a safety which would ultimately become the deciding score in a game that the team desperately needed to stay relevant in their division. After crashing awkwardly into Derek Morris against Phoenix on October 31, Matt Hendricks missed three games, but finally returned on Sunday night. He had another scary moment when Eric Gelinas skate appeared to cut his leg, sending Hendricks down the tunnel and off the bench for a brief time. However, Hendricks returned and finished the game. Minus: Shea Weber and Seth Jones finished the game with a 6.7% Corsi-For percentage, combined for zero shots on goal and were on the ice for two of New Jersey’s five goals. Nashville was shutout of six power plays, managing only five shots on the man advantage. It was the second time this season that Nashville had six power plays in one game, but the first time they did not capitalize. Nashville has failed to score on their last 10 power play tries. The Predators were shutout for the fourth time this season in 17 games. The Predators were also shutout on Friday night at Edmonton, which means that the team has currently played 120:18 since Gabriel Bourque scored the team’s last goal in the third period against Colorado. Paul Gaustad lost 12 of 20 faceoff attempts, while Matt Cullen lost six of the 12 he took. Nashville has dropped to 25th in the league with 2.18 goals per game. Meanwhile, the Predators also rank 25th in goals allowed with 3.06 goals per game. The team is not scoring many goals while giving up a lot of goals – that is never an appropriate formula. Victor Bartley was a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game. Carter Hutton surprisingly got the nod between the pipes on Sunday night after getting chased early on Friday night and being mostly ineffective in the first four games of Nashville’s road trip. Sunday night was no different, as Hutton allowed the Devils to score five times on just 23 shots. Over the course of Nashville’s road trip, Hutton has allowed 19 goals on 125 shots, giving him a .848 save percentage on the road trip. His Goals Against Average in that stretch is a whopping 4.50…but wait, it gets worse. Going back to Nashville’s last home game, Hutton has allowed 24 goals on the last 151 shots he has faced, meaning that he has a .841 save percentage over his last six starts. Add a 4.78 GAA to that and you have a struggling goaltender. No one expects Carter Hutton to come in and be Pekka Rinne, but this case is one in which the statistics are telling the truth. Certainly he has been given some difficult shots to defend, but a large portion of that is due to the fact that he is playing in the National Hockey League. Hutton is hardly the first goaltender ever to have defensive breakdowns happening in front of him, but if letting in 24 goals in six games is simply unacceptable. Continuing to leave him in the lineup while he continues to struggle at this level is a detriment to both Hutton’s future and to the team. One would doubt that Hutton has very much confidence in the moment and allowing him to continue to get shelled against poor teams is only going to make that worse. At the very least, if Barry Trotz absolutely feels it necessary to stick with Hutton, he should allow Marek Mazanec to get a spot start against the Islanders on Tuesday to give Hutton a few days to clear his head. The Predators have actually outscored opponents 15-14 in the first period this season. However, in the second and third periods, the Predators are being outscored 38-21. With four goals allowed in the last two-thirds of the game on Sunday, the Predators continued that trend. Nashville is now 1-7 when their opponent scores first. By comparison, they are 7-0-2 when they get the first tally. The post Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at New Jersey Devils appeared first on The Predatorial.
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