Not to sound mean, but it's kind of embarrassing. The Predators have adopted many flawed shticks this season, but constantly allowing opposing players to score their first goals of the season against them takes the cake.
A pair of youngsters have scored their first NHL goals against the Preds this year; St. Louis' Klim Kostin's came in November, and Montreal's Lukas Vejdemo's happened last night. Great for them, really, it just doesn't look too good to be on the receiving end of that milestone.
This habit has become so common for this year's Preds that it's going to require a numerical list to paint the full picture:
1. Vancouver's Tyler Graovac got his first goal of the season on Nov. 21... against the Preds.
2. Kostin's first NHL goal occurred two days later... against the Preds.
3. Florida's Anton Stralman recorded his first and second goals of the year on Nov. 30... against the Preds. In the exact same game, goalie Chris Driedger got his first win of the season, which also happened to be a shutout... against the Preds.
4. Dallas' Jamie Oleksiak scored his first of the season on Dec. 14... against the Preds.
5. Ottawa's rookie netminder Marcus Hogberg took home his first NHL win on Dec. 19... against the Preds.
6. Pittsburgh's Juuso Riikola not only recorded his first goal of the season during December's home-and-home series, but also tallied his second, third, and fourth assists of the year... against the Preds. It's worth noting that Riikola has just two points since then.
7. Andrej Sekera scored the Stars' insurance goal- which also happened to be his first of the year- in the Winter Classic... against the Preds.
8. Now in Washington's minor league system, Daniel Sprong scored his first goal of the season with Anaheim on Jan. 5... against the Preds.
9. 11 days later, Anaheim's Josh Manson got his first of the year... against the Preds.
10. Vancouver's Jordie Benn took his turn on Feb. 10... against the Preds.
11. Montreal's Lukas Vejdemo is the newest member of the club, scoring his first NHL goal last night... against the Preds.