Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators: The Morning After

Nashville Predators 2-0 Minnesota Wild

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Another night, another ride on the up and down roller coaster that is this season for the Minnesota Wild. After shutting out the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Wednesday, the WIld were absolutely hapless against the Nashville Predators, managing only 22 shots against backup goaltender Dan Ellis, and an exceptionally low number of scoring chances, giving the Predators a relatively easy 2-0 win.

The Wild even blew a 1:36 5 on 3 advantage in the second period, which gave the momentum right back to Nashville. Jason Arnott capitalized 30 seconds later, giving the Predators the lead, which they would never relinquish.

Frankly, Dan Fritsche sums it up best:

"I think nine shots in [almost] two periods is frustrating. There's no way you're going to win a hockey game only having nine shots, and I think only two were quality shots. That's the frustrating thing."

Hmm, maybe Jacques Lemaire has something to add?

"It's just terrible, just terrible. Let's face it, we had four scoring chances. How's that for a game?"

Hockey Wilderness Three Stars

  1. Dan Ellis (22 shots, 22 saves)
  2. Jason Arnott (1 G)
  3. David Legwand (1 G)

Questions to Answer

  1. Does Backstrom stay in the zone? Backstrom was one of the few bright spots in the game, only giving up 2 goals on 26 shots, and keeping the team in the game, for the most part.
  2. Can the Wild get to Pekka Rinne? Well, since Dan Ellis got the start, this is a bad question, but no. They didn't get to Ellis either.
  3. Will Bergeron maintain his solid offensive play, stifling discussion of his defensive issues? Nobody had a solid offensive game.
  4. Can Bouchard continue to keep putting the pressure on in the offensive zone? Bouchard, like the rest of the Wild, didn't get many chances, nor did they take advantage of the ones they had.
  5. Will the Wild maintain their solid play since the break? Nope. The inconsistency remains.

Notes

  • Cal Clutterbuck had five hits, giving him an NHL-best 194 this season.
  • Clutterbuck finished minus-one, his first minus-rating in the last 19 games.
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard had his four-game point streak (3-6=9) snapped.
  • The Wild is 1-7-1 in the last nine games against a team which played the night before

The Game In Pictures

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