The Nashville Predators appeared poised to correct their mistakes from Saturday and close out a game while having a third-period lead. Instead, it was a repeat of the shootout loss to New Jersey two days earlier.
The Predators had a 1-0 lead entering the third at Edmonton on Monday, but the Oilers scored two goals in a span of 2:02, with one coming on the power play. Edmonton added an empty-netter to win 3-1. Against the Devils, Nashville had a 2-0 lead entering the third and lost in a shootout.
The musings…THREE MUSINGSShots few and far between:
Predators coach Barry Trotz has said it time and time again through the years: shoot the puck and good things will happen. Nashville rarely shot the puck on Monday, and not much happened. Edmonton outshot the Predators 25-12 overall. In the third period, Nashville had three shots on goal. Only one forward – Craig Smith
– had more than one shot and he tied a team-high with two. The two other Predators he was tied with were defensemen Shea Weber
and Ryan Suter
.Kostitsyn looking good: Sergei Kostitsyn
had an assist in the first four regular season games, and finally broke through with a goal on Monday at Edmonton. Kostitsyn scored just 1:58 into the second for a 1-0 lead. Colin Wilson
was driving to the net, but Kostitsyn didn’t get fancy and just fired a shot, which snuck past Nikolai Khabibulin. It was a smart, aggressive play that Nashville needed more of against Edmonton. Kostitsyn led the team in goals (23) in the 2010-11 regular season and tied for the team-high in points (50).Road gathering:
Road games often bring out the best in NHL teams. When a team is struggling at home, being able to gather on the road without any distractions can serve as a catalyst for great performances. That wasn’t the case on Monday, but Nashville has two more games on its Western Canadian trip. It’s too early to determine if there will be a players-only meeting taking place soon, but expect the Predators to come out with more offensive urgency in the next game.THREE STARS
G Pekka Rinne
: Stopped 22 of 24 shots
F Sergei Kostitsyn
: Scored Nashville’s lone goal
F David Legwand
: Didn’t record a point, but had good energy in 21:11