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Fire John Hynes!: BOS vs. NSH Recap

Obviously that's a joke. It's obviously going to take more than 12 hours and one game for new coach John Hynes to adapt to the Predators' system. But holy shorthanded goals, tonight's 6-2 loss to the Bruins was a doozy.


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How do I put this in pee-wee hockey terms? The power play means you have a man advantage over the other team. The Bruins, already the second-best penalty kill unit in the league, took the Preds' weak power play and made it into an origami swan for themselves. Four of their six goals came during a Preds power play. Hell, even goalie Tuukka Rask got an assist on one of them.


Did I mention the shot total was dead even for both teams? Well it was, 36-36. At least the Preds scored on two of their seven power plays; Filip Forsberg and Mikael Granlund were the only gold-clad skaters to find the net all game. Naturally, Granlund reemerges yet again during another inevitable Preds loss.


Exactly zero Predators recorded positive ratings tonight- Matt Duchene, Yakov Trenin, Austin Watson, Matt Irwin, and Jarred Tinordi all bottomed out with -3s. Tonight's best performer for the Preds is probably Roman Josi as he extended his point streak to an 11th straight game. Other than him, I don't know, maybe Granlund.


Meanwhile, 14 different Bruins recorded points tonight. Danton Heinen had a goal and an assist apiece, and Brandon Carlo, Patrice Bergeron, and Matt Grzelcyk all walked off the ice with +3 ratings.



As far as the shots that were taken tonight, both team's map is wonky, but roughly equal nonetheless. Boston scored three of their goals from very close range of the net. Pekka Rinne, who is historically weak from close quarters, finished the night with a dismal .857 save percentage.


Goaltending remains a pressing issue in Nashville. Sure, the defense collapses frequently, but Rinne is letting in some pretty soft goals this year. Both Chris Wagner and Charlie Coyle's goals could have been easy saves- even David Pastrnak's opening goal was far enough away from Rinne to give him ample time to put a pad down.


Deep breaths. The least this fanbase can do is to give Hynes a day to unpack.


The Preds will head to Chicago to play the Blackhawks on Thursday. The Blackhawks lost 2-1 to the Flames tonight at the United Center. Chicago is currently the only Central Division team that ranks lower than the Preds with just one point separating them in the standings. The Hawks have lay claim to the fourth-worst PP unit in the league right now with a 15.1 percent conversion rate.




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