Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 4/17/12

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators gets a drink against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 5, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Predators 4-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In a game where the Predators were again outshot and again took untimely penalties, goaltender Pekka Rinne pushed aside all 33 Calgary shots on goal to lead Nashville to a 2-0 win over the Flames on Saturday afternoon.

The win halts Nashville’s four-game losing streak.

The shutout was Rinne’s 21st, tying him with Tomas Vokoun for the most in franchise history. It was also the first time Rinne has ever beat the Flames and now has a 1-4-2 record against Calgary. Last season, Nashville went 0-2-2 against the Flames.

While the Predators looked better in the game against Calgary than they did against the Oilers or Canucks, similar trends plaguing Nashville continued.

The Predators recorded 14 shots on goal, only two more than their shot total on Thursday night, in an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Canucks.  Saturday’s 14 shots included only 3 shots on goal in the first period and 2 in the final frame. The lack of shots on goal has been a trend in all seven Predators games. While the Predators have three wins on the season, they have yet to outshoot their opponents.

Taking inopportune penalties is another trend that seems to be plaguing the Predators.

In all seven games, the Predators have taken at least one penalty within the first 10 minutes of play. Another interesting penalty trend to note is that in the last four games, Nashville has taken a penalty in the final minute of the second period, giving the opponent a man advantage to start the third period.

Niclas Bergfors and Sergei Kostitsyn scored the goals for Nashville. It was the first goal for Bergfors as a Predator, his 35th NHL goal. Kostitsyn’s goal was his second of the season.

The Nashville Predators now return home after their three-game road trip. The Predators host San Jose, Tampa Bay and Anaheim at Bridgestone Arena next week.



Photo credit: AP

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