Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 10/15/13
Nashville got four goals from four players, had three players with two point games and had 9 players contribute points in what was a decent offensive effort against the (now) 2-5-0 Florida Panthers. The Preds had only a few threatening opportunities outside of their four goals, including Hornqvist’s near miss that went through Markstrom and off the inside of the post. Defensively the Predators were good but not great, allowing three goals from a Florida team that has a fair mix of offensive talent. They also got roasted on this little dangle by 2013 Calder Winner Jonathan Huberdeau. Five Thoughts 1.  Why aren’t we playing Stalberg more? I thought this guy was supposed to be a big producer for us, but he only played 10:07 minutes tonight and 12:20 Saturday. Perhaps he isn’t 100% yet, still recovering from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first 4 games. He did have one good shift, where he had is two shots back to back, but was unnoticeable the rest of the game. 2. Shea Weber’s first goal of the season. It seems like we’re, or at least I’m, always impatiently waiting on Weber to score his first goal of the season. Last year it took the captain14 games to finally record a goal, this year it only took six. It might also be worth noting that Weber’s second goal last season came in the very next game. He now has a goal and two assists on the season. 3. 50% on the Powerplay  - although our powerplay didn’t look glamorous by any means, we did manage to get one goal on two attempts. Hornqvist’s goal came on the second powerplay opportunity of the game for the Preds. A fun stat for you, the Preds have either gone 0% or 50% on the powerplay in every game this season (0/4 vs STL, 0/3 vs COL, 2/4 vs MIN, 0/3 vs TOR, 1/2 vs NYI, 1/2 vs FLA) They are 4/17, or 23.5 % on the season, which puts them12 ish (tonight’s games haven’t been updated yet). 4. Fisher and Hornqvist are duking it out for point leaders. With Fisher’s two point performance today, he becomes sole title holder for point lead on the Predators. But Hornqvist’s goal is enough to give him a close second, with four points, and tie him for goals. Also with four points? Craig Smith has quietly been chipping away and is tied at four with one goal and three assists. 5. A lot of line juggling by Barry – It was hard to keep track of. Forsberg only played three minutes in the first period, but finished the game with 15 minutes (and -2). Hendricks started on a line with Gaustad and Nystrom, but I know I saw him as a winger on a line with Cullen and Smith at one point. The whole thing seemed eerie. Trotz might still be testing things out: juggling his lines to find the best combination. I wonder if we’ll ever see Spaling again. 6. Congratulations to David Legwand who played in his 900th Career game and his 900th game with the Predators. He had an assist and an own goal tonight. (to be fair, I’m quite positive Barkov would have scored had Legwand not put it into his own net.) Scoring Summary NSH - 9:23 1st, Weber (1), Fisher, Wilson FLA - 1:16 2nd, Huberdeau (3), Gomez, Weaver NSH - 12:48 2nd, Fisher (2), Smith, Jones FLA - 13:30 2nd, Goc (3), Winchester, Matthias NSH - 1:22 3rd, Smith (1), Bourque, Weber NSH - 5:13 3rd, Hornqvist PP (2), Legwand, Forsberg FLA – 13:30 3rd, Gilroy, Unassisted   Goaltending Stats NSH: Pekka Rinne (W) - 22 saves on 25 shots (.880); played 60:00 FLA: Jacob Markstrom (L) -   26 saves on 30 shots (.867); played 58:48 My Three Stars 1. Mike Fisher 2. Patric Hornqvist 3. Craig Smith Line Up Report Predators scratches: Nick Spaling, Rich Clune, Roman Josi (IR). Predators starters: Nystrom, Hendricks, Gaustad, Klein, Ekholm, Rinne Panthers scratches: Tim Thomas (DTD), Scottie Upshall, Ryan Whitney Panthers starters: Huberdeau, Gomez, Versteeg, Campbell, Gudbranson, Markstrom. NHL.com Links Game Summary Roster Report Event Summary Time on Ice - NSH Time on Ice - FLA Faceoffs Report
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