- Well, a regulation loss was bound to happen before too long. The Penguins have the best power play squad in the league, and the Preds continue to have one of the worst. Pittsburgh capitalized on two of their man-advantage opportunities to take the 3-0 lead, and despite the Preds picking up the pace in the third, they were unable to capitalize on several solid scoring chances.
- After taking the first four shots of the game in the opening minutes, the Preds allowed their now-customary first goal against. Unfortunately, unlike their previous games, they were unable to gain any momentum afterwards, being held to just four shots in the remainder of the first period and another four in the entire second. Thirteen shots and a few solid scoring chances popped up in the third, including a James Neal wrister that hit the post, but it was all too little too late to prevent anything but a deceptive final shot tally as the Penguins clenched the shutout.
- This marks the first time this season the Predators have been down two or more goals. That’s a promising plus minus, but as I’ve said before, their new habit of come-from-behind wins after dropping 0-1 is not a sustainable business plan.
- Former Predators Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling got a warm reception on their first return to Bridgestone with a joint tribute video that they acknowledged by waving to the crowd. Hornqvist picked up an assist on the Penguins’ first goal.
The Predators now head out on a six game road trip. First stop is in Edmonton on Wednesday to take on the Oilers. Puck drops at 9:00 central.