Welcome to the Predlines Monday Morning Recap – November 11, 2013 edition. Let’s take a look back at the week that was for the Preds.
Your Nashville Predators spent the last week on the road as part of a season-long seven game road trip. The Preds played three games and finished with a 1-2-0 record. Scores of 6-4, 0-5 and 0-5 left the Preds minus 8 on the goal scoring front. The Preds were led in that department by Colin Wilson who posted a four-point night against Colorado.
In the first game last week, the Preds got hot against the hottest team in the league, the Colorado Avalanche. Wilson had a career high night and put in a first star performance in the 6-4 win. This game also saw Viktor Stalberg‘s first presence in the point column of the score sheet. Stalberg scored a goal and added his first assist of the season on the game winner. Carter Hutton turned in a solid performance in net, stopping 27 of 31 shots faced and making a couple of timely saves to prevent an Avalanche comeback.
In the second game, the Preds headed into Winnipeg to take on the Jets. The Jets came out of the gates hot and the Preds could never catch up. A four-goal first period for Winnipeg sent Hutton to the showers early and allowed Marek Mazanec to make his NHL debut. Mazanec played well, stopping 22 of 24 shots faced. It will be interesting to see when, or if, he gets a start. The Preds got shut out for the third time this season in the 5 – 0 loss.
The Preds headed to New Jersey for the third game of the week on Sunday night. The intensity level for the Predators was lacking and the offensively challenged Devils dominated in a 5 – 0 win. The Preds only mustered 15 shots on goal and were outplayed in all avenues. The shut out was Martin Brodeur‘s 123rd of his career and second in a row. Hutton stopped 18 of 23 shots faced. In a comical contrast, Jaromir Jagr recorded his 686th career goal and added an assist for his 1701st point and Devils tough guy Cam Janssen scored the fifth goal of his career and 2nd in 3 nights.
Let’s hope the Preds have a stronger week to finish off the road trip.