Here we go again, I guess. The Predators lost to the Hurricanes 4-1 tonight, giving them a 1-5-2 record against Carolina since the 2016-2017 season.
It would seem that winning three in a row- or winning at all, for that matter- doesn't come without consequences for these Preds. Another night, another dismal effort on the home team's part. The Preds, who had four power play opportunities all night, failed to convert on any of them.
Their only goal came from Ryan Johansen, which Carolina challenged (unsuccessfully) due to the possibility that the puck was played with a high stick. In other words, even the one goal the Preds notched was a debatable one at best.
If you need more statistical evidence as to why the Preds lost tonight, both teams' high-danger chances are a good place to start (NaturalStatTrick.com). In all situations (power play, penalty kill, and even strength), the Preds managed to create just seven high-danger chances-for all night. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, produced 14 HDCF. Carolina also produced 57 positive Corsi incidents, which adds together a team's total shots on goal, missed shots, and blocked shots over the course of a single game. The Preds' total Corsi-For incidents? Exactly 10 fewer than their opponent: 47.
Just when you thought the Preds might actually start to gain some ground in the standings, they put together a real doozy two nights later. The Preds' sound defeat happened in the same night as Winnipeg's sound victory, meaning the Preds are now at a two-point disadvantage in the Central Division standings.
The trade deadline is looming next Monday, and David Poile has yet to make a move. Brenden Dillon, the best defensive asset on the trade market, went to Washington from San Jose today. Dylan DeMelo, the next best D-man available, went to Winnipeg from Ottawa- a trade that Poile could have, and should have made. But whatever, I'm just an armchair GM with an overly invested interest in the Nashville Predators.
The Preds head to Chicago on Friday to take on the Blackhawks. Hey, maybe we'll be bestowed another goalie goal. It would be the least they could do.