Another slow start dooms Predators in Dallas

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:05pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators allowed four-first period goals for the second straight game and lost their third in a row, 6-0 to the Stars on Wednesday in Dallas.

Starting goalie Dan Ellis was pulled after he allowed three goals on the only three shots he faced. All were within a span of 3:14 in the first period,

Pekka Rinne replaced Ellis and played just 2:17 before he allowed a goal. Rinne eventually made 20 saves.

It was the fastest four goals ever scored against the Predators

The first two allowed by Rinne came on the power play. The Stars converted 32 seconds into a tripping call against Dan Hamhuis and 1:28 into an interference call against Martin Erat – Nashville’s first two penalties.

The Predators’ power play failed to convert on four opportunities.

With the defeat, the Nashville fell to 2-3 on the season. It has been outscored 17-7 overall, 13-1 in the last three games.

 Jason Arnott and Patric Hornqvist each had a team-high five shots as the Predators outshot the Stars 29-26.


5 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 10/15/09 at 5:49

What is the objective of a major league ice hockey team? How does a team reach the "playoffs" If a team does not make the "playoffs" is there a chance that their franchise will be revoked? It seems that Nashville is always just a hair away from either losing the team or losing their lease on the ice hockey arena despite the fact that they have 15,000 fans.

By: Alphadog7 on 10/15/09 at 5:57

A team reaches the playoffs by being one of the top 8 winningest teams in the conference. Their franchise will not be revoked if they don't. The Predators have made the playoffs 4 of the last 5 seasons, and were very close to making it they year they didn't. Many have considered this might be a rebuilding year for the Preds, because of the departure of a lot of talent, mostly on defense. But many are still hopeful for the team to return to the playoffs. They have a great group, but very youthful. The stats of the recent games suggest this down streak has been a fluke. Statistically in every category of the game (except the scoreboard), Nashville is playing very well... and they won most of their preseason games. Hopefully things will start clicking for the guys soon.

By: OneTimer on 10/15/09 at 9:01

Frank, you are so good at what you do. Honestly. I look forward to reading your posts every morning.

By: TITAN1 on 10/15/09 at 9:04

OneTimer, he always draws at least one sucker in and it use to be me all the time! LOL! Keep up the good work, Frank!

By: courier37027 on 10/15/09 at 2:46

Right now it seems Predators playoff strategy is to wear down competition by letting them score goal after goal after goal... . Eventually the western conference will be too tired to take the ice. Wrist tendonitis will be epidemic from Detroit to San Jose. Then, and only then, will Our Team Nashville aim for playoffs eighth seed.