The Nashville Predators played like real stinkers in their 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at the Bridgestone Arena. Heading into the game, everyone was expecting an early fight and were hopeful of an inspired performance but it never happened.
During the game when it became apparent that something was missing in the Predators attack we were discussing the fact that the Predators always seemed to struggle after having more than a couple of days off. Looking back over the last season and a half, the Predators are 2-6-1 in games after three or more days off.
Here is a rundown...
10-28-10 Lost to St. Louis 3-0 (3 days off)
11-3-10 Lost at Phoenix 4-3 (3)
11-11-10 Won at St. Louis 3-2 (3)
12-22-10 Lost at Chicago 4-1 (3)
2-1-11 OTL to Calgary 3-2 (5)
4-13-11 Won at Anaheim 4-1 (3)
4-28-11 Lost at Vancouver 1-0 (3)
10-13-11 Lost to Phoenix 5-2 (4)
1-5-12 Lost to Dallas 4-1 (3)
Short breaks in the schedule should be a time to rest and energize the team but it may be time for the coaching staff to take a look at some type of different preparation for the first game back.
Here is our game story from last night. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Bryan Mullen (Preds.com)
John Manasso (NHL.com)Digital Media...
Jim Diamond (The Examiner)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - One More Thing
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303)
Patten Fuqua (Puck Scene) Game Story - PuckCast
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Paul McCann (Hockey Buzz)
AJ (Predators AJenda)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Laura Hutchings (Lady Preds)Dallas Media...
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Stars Blog
Defending Big D
Audio from the Predators comes from....
Ryan SuterFrom Dallas, we hear from...
Coach Glen Gulutzan
Kari LehtonenThree Stars of the Game...
1. Mike Ribeiro
2. Kari Lehtonen
3. Loui ErikssonHere is the video of the Jordin Tootoo - Mark Fistric struggle...Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass