Special Teams Play Costing the Predators Games
Staff, 2022-12-14 14:13:20,
The Nashville Predators lost last night at Bridgestone Arena against the Edmonton Oilers, a team that seems to have Nashville’s number in recent matchups. The top line of Connor McDavid, Zach Hyman, and Leon Draisaitl combined last night for 13 points, including a hat trick for Hyman. But perhaps the aspect of last night’s game that cost the Predators a chance at a win was their special teams performance.
Nashville had five chances on the power play last night including a five on three opportunity, but the Preds couldn’t convert. So far in December the Predators have only scored goals twice on a total of 19 power play chances. Special teams are actively hurting the Preds recently.
Nashville did have some looks early on the man advantage against Edmonton last night. They recorded four shots on goal in their first attempt, but as the evening wore on, Edmonton’s penalty kill, even at five on three, become more miserly. Despite changes to the power play personnel and focused attention this week in practice, the Preds couldn’t convert.
“I thought we had some good looks, but at the end of the day we just need to put them in the back of the net,” shared Cody Glass when asked about the power play last night. “That’s where we’re kind of lacking now. We’re just not producing and bearing down on our chances.”
Nashville’s penalty kill gave up two goals after two penalties. The Oilers have the top ranked power play in the league with a game changing 31.48%.
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