Thanks For the Point, Kyle: TBL vs. NSH Recap

You can thank they guy who's been healthy scratched the past seven games for the one overtime point the team salvaged in last night's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.

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Kyle Turris, reemerging in the Predators' lineup after weeks of being withheld from the ice by David Poile and Peter Laviolette, notched a power play goal and an assist last night. He was the only Predator to record more than one individual point. Turris had a good game, but Tampa Bay had a better one- and ultimately that's what it boiled down to.

The first 20 minutes was the one and only time the Preds finished a period leading in shots on goal. After that, the Lightning generally outplayed the home team- earning their first win in four games.

A mess of penalties on both teams eventually turned out in favor of the Preds, who scored their first power play goal in six games. For a positive correlation, the Preds also killed off all three penalties against them, including one five-minute Tampa power play. On that note, Ryan Johansen took an absolute bath with the refs last night; he sat for a whopping 15 penalty minutes- exactly a quarter of regulation time- and was also fined $5,000 for elbowing Brayden Point.

The typically prolific Bonino-Grimaldi-Smith line struggled all around last night. The forwards combined for a -5 on-ice rating and only recorded three collective shots on goal.

Taking a closer look at the quality of shots the Preds generated, they tended to have a high concentration of shots in one area rather than spreading the wealth around the offensive zone, like Tampa was able to do. According to the heat map below by Natural Stat Trick, the Preds avoided taking shots from between the circles. Compared to the Preds' heat map against Florida on Saturday, this is an obvious regression.

They got the point, and that's as good as we can hope for. With each loss they take, though, they're only dipping further and further in the standings. After tonight, the Preds are ranked sixth in the Central with only 29 points. The division leader, St. Louis, has 42.

The Preds don't play again until Saturday, when they will welcome PK Subban and the Devils back to Nashville.

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