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Subban minus-3 in Devils loss to Predators

Defenseman struggles in first game with New Jersey against Nashville

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Trenin's first career NHL goal

NJD@NSH: Trenin deflects home first NHL goal

Rocco Grimaldi fires a shot that takes a deflection off of Yakov Trenin's skate and into the net for his first NHL goal

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NASHVILLE -- P.K. Subban was minus-3 for the New Jersey Devils in his first game with them against the Nashville Predators, a 6-4 loss at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Dante Fabbro, Nick Bonino and Rocco Grimaldi each had one goal and one assist for the Predators (13-10-5), who are 4-1-2 in their past seven games.

"I think that's a big confidence boost for the team," Fabbro said. "If we just continue to work hard and pursue offense but take care of our own end as well, things are going to happen out there. We've got a talented group in here as well, so we've got to just keep working hard."

 

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The Devils (9-15-5) are 0-4-1 in their past five games and have not won in three games under coach Alain Nasreddine.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't incredibly frustrated and tired of seeing the same things beat us, the same results," New Jersey forward Blake Coleman said. "But I will say I think our pushback was the best it's been all year tonight."

Video: NJD@NSH: Forsberg cleans up rebound in front

Bonino gave the Predators a 5-3 lead at 5:47 of the third period on a wrist shot from below the left circle. Taylor Hall scored for the Devils to make it 5-4 at 11:09 on a rebound of a shot by Jack Hughes.

Grimaldi gave the Predators a 6-4 lead at 12:44 of the third period on a breakaway after getting by Subban at the opposite blue line.

"[Mattias Ekholm] rimmed it around, and I didn't think I was going to get there," Grimaldi said. "I thought whoever the [defenseman] was, I didn't know it was [Subban] at the time, I thought he was going to get there first because I was a little behind it. He might have slowed up a little bit because of the snow, he made a move, I chipped it by him and thankfully it got by him. I went on a breakaway and scored."

Daniel Carr gave the Predators a 1-0 lead 46 seconds into the first period with his first goal of the season, and Fabbro made it 2-0 at 2:13 on the rush.

"I think there's always things you can improve on, but I like the way guys battled through little things," Fabbro said. "I don't think you want to give up a lead like that, but we found a way to get back on top and finish the job."

Jesper Bratt scored to make it 2-1 at 2:45 on a shot from the slot on a pass from Pavel Zacha, and Travis Zajac tied it 2-2 at 3:59.

"We fought our way back," New Jersey forward Kyle Palmieri said. "That's maybe one positive you can bring out of it, but there were plays to be made that we didn't execute tonight. We were sloppy in some of the decision-making we had."

Yakov Trenin gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 5:52 of the first period on a redirection of a shot by Grimaldi. It was Trenin's first NHL goal in his second game. Filip Forsberg made it 4-2 lead at 7:24 off a rebound.

Palmieri scored to make it 4-3 at 13:07 on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Hall.

Subban was traded by Nashville to New Jersey on June 22. He had one shot attempt in 18:20 of ice time and was not available to the media after the game.

Video: NJD@NSH: Grimaldi beats Domingue on the break

 

They said it

"It's hard not to get frustrated, but at the same time, I think you have to focus on the next game. It's something that we talked about after the coaching change. It's time to take a deep breath and realize the things that we need to get better at in this room. It's going to be a process, but I think in order to start taking some steps forward you need to move that first leg. We're finding ways to shoot ourselves in the foot. It's tough to gain momentum when you do that consistently, as we do." -- Devils forward Kyle Palmieri

"It was great. You saw him on the tribute, he's going to be noticed somehow. It's awesome, he's obviously a great guy and we miss him but he's on the other side." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg on what it was like to play against P.K. Subban

 

Need to know

Devils forward Nico Hischier (illness) missed his second consecutive game. ... It was win No. 799 in Predators history (799-617-60 with 158 ties). 

 

What's next

Devils: At the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Video: Predators ride balanced offense to 6-4 win

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