Shootouts have not been very friendly to the Nashville Predators so far this season, even with the new additions the Predators brought in during the off-season.
Nashville has gone 0-3 in the shootout while Pekka Rinne and Marek Mazanec have only surrendered a total of three goals in those shootout contests in 10 attempts. The problem is the Predators haven’t given their goalies any help at all. Nashville has yet to score a single goal in the shootout so far this season, going 0-for-11 in their shootout attempts.
Filip Forsberg: 0-for-1
Matt Hendricks: 0-for-1
David Legwand: 0-for-1
Gabriel Bourque: 0-for-1
Mike Fisher: 0-for-1
Matt Cullen: 0-for-3
Craig Smith: 0-for-3
“Our goalies have been pretty good. We haven’t scored any goals for our goalies in the shootouts,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz after Saturday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. “We haven’t been able to score any goals for our goalies, be that Pekka or Mazanec. That’s on us.”
Nashville is one of just three teams that have actually gone to a shootout this season that haven’t scored a goal in a shootout. New Jersey and Ottawa are the other two teams that haven’t scored a shootout goal yet, while the New York Rangers haven’t gone to a shootout at all yet this season.
The Predators are leaving valuable points on the table when they’re losing games in the shootout. Overall, Nashville’s goaltending has been pretty good in shootouts. However, it’s impossible for them to come away with a win if they don’t get any goal support.
Craig Smith, Matt Cullen and Matt Hendricks have all been successful in the shootout in their careers prior to this season. They’re going to have to start finding ways to put the puck in the net when called upon in the shootout, or the Predators are going to have to find a combination that is able to score. Losing games in the shootout could end up being the difference in whether or not they make the playoffs.