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Preds Shut Out Despite Season-High Shot Total

Nashville Aims 42 Shots on Winnipeg Net, but Fall on the Road

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators did all they could to beat Connor Hellebuyck, but the Winnipeg Jets goaltender stopped all 42 shots he saw on Sunday afternoon. The Preds suffered a 3-0 loss snapping a three-game win streak and moving their record to 10-8-3 overall.

Nashville controlled the play for most of the game, registering a season-high shot total, but a lapse in the second led to the game's only score on a goaltender.

"We played a pretty good game, but in the second period, there's 14 or 15 minutes where we didn't control the play like I thought we did for a lot of the game," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "In those 14 or 15 minutes, they scored a goal."

Video: Condensed Game: Predators @ Jets

Predators netminder Juuse Saros made 21 saves on the day in his second start of the season and third of his career, impressing once more in NHL action.

"I thought he was terrific, the one goal they scored was deflection ramped up off a stick and hit him in the shoulder, he had it covered the way he was supposed to, it wasn't his fault, I thought he played outstanding."

"I felt pretty good overall," Saros said. "I feel like I'm trying to improve all the time and there's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm feeling good about my game right now. But there's still a lot to improve too."

It took 35 minutes before the game's first goal, but it eventually came off the stick of Drew Stafford after a wraparound play to make it 1-0 Jets heading into the second intermission.

The Predators went on the man advantage early and often to start the third period and peppered Hellebuyck with shots, 20 in total before the period was out, but the Jets goaltender stood tall and turned aside chance after chance.

"He played really well," Laviolette said of Hellebuyck. "We had lots of looks."

The Preds get another chance on the road on Tuesday night in Colorado as they look to improve away from Nashville.

"We've just got to put 60 minutes together on the road," defenseman Roman Josi said. "You can't play well in the first and then sleep in the second period and play well in the third again and think you're going to win games. We have to make sure we play for 60 minutes."


With James Neal out of Sunday's game with an upper-body injury, defenseman P.K. Subban served as an alternate captain for the Preds against the Jets.

Kevin Fiala and Frederick Gaudreau, two of the four players who were recalled from Milwaukee on Saturday, played for the Preds on Sunday.

Nashville finishes its two-game road trip on Tuesday when they make their second visit of the season to Colorado to face the Avalanche.

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