Welcome to the Predlines Monday Morning Recap – November 25, 2013 edition. Let’s take a look back at the week that was for the Preds.
Your Nashville Predators continued their current trend of road battles with two of three games last week played away from Bridgestone Arena. The Preds travelled to Detroit Tuesday night to take on the Red Wings and started the game with good energy. The Preds weathered a couple Detroit power plays before the game started to get away from the Wings. They played sloppy in their end and were undisciplined. The Wings took six penalties and the Preds were able to capitalize with a Shea Weber power play goal with 5 seconds remaining in the second. The goal sucked the life out of the Wings and the Preds chipped in another in the third for a 2-0 win. The game was Marek Mazanec‘s fourth consecutive start and his first NHL shutout.
The Preds crossed the border to take on the Maple Leafs on Thursday night in Toronto and played one of their better games of the season. They sought to dictate the pace from the opening face-off and wore down the Maple Leafs. Toronto offered resistance during the first period but did not offer enough effort after that. The Preds were good on the power play too. They got the puck to the net consistently and created a lot of opportunities that resulted n two goals. Nashville also got a nice offensive boost with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) from Matt Cullen and 3 points (2 goals and an assist) from Craig Smith.
Nashville returned home on Saturday to take on the New York Rangers and were outplayed from the opening face-off. The Preds could not muster a goal against the Rangers’ backup goaltender Cam Talbot and only had 17 shots. The Rangers played an aggressive, tight-checking game that clogged the ice and limited the Preds’ speed. The Preds looked frequently frustrated and did not really ever threaten the Rangers. On the bright side, Mazanec started his sixth consecutive game and looked sharp. He made 32 saves and there was not much he could do on the two goals.
The Preds have four games during this holiday week. The Phoenix Coyotes come to town tonight followed by a quick trip to Columbus on Wednesday. The Preds then spend their Thanksgiving working with the Edmonton Oilers in town (no holiday pay for the Oilers) and then finish the week with another home game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Be sure to check in with us later for a preview of tonight’s game against the Coyotes.
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