Nashville Predators: Preds Can’t Keep Pace in the Central With Lack of Scoring

December 23rd, 2010 by Eddie Garrison Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators had a prime opportunity to bounce back from their 6-1 beat down loss to the Los Angeles Kings (last Saturday night) as they were playing the Chicago Blackhawks last night, a team that trailed the Preds by only one point in the standings.

They needed a big win against a division rival on the same night the division leading Detroit Redwings were also playing.

Unfortunately, neither of those events transpired. They dropped their second straight contest, 4-1 to the Hawks, after having a 10 game unbeaten streak just a few games back.

Losing this game to the Blackhawks also dropped the Preds to third place in the Central division and six points behind the division leading Redwings.

"That was not one of our better performances this year," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We had a lot of first effort, but not the second effort you need to win battles, to win pucks and keep plays alive."

Nashville again went with rookie net minder Anders Lindback in goal for the veteran Pekka Rinne, who had just returned to the active roster last Saturday night against LA but was pulled after allowing three goals ...

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