Here are five things from Sunday night’s game…
- Sunday night’s game was a very important game for the Predators, and they didn’t respond well at all. Nashville could have moved just six points behind Minnesota with a regulation win and with one game in hand in a chase for the final playoff spot. Instead, the Predators are now 10 points behind the Wild.
“It’s definitely frustrating. We could sit here and dwell on it and look at all the bad things, but I think we have to try and get back on it and get points next game,” said Predators captain Shea Weber.
- Patric Hornqvist returned to action on Sunday night after missing the previous two games with an injury. Hornqvist led the Predators in shots on goal with four on the night but was unable to score.
“The competitor and drive is always Patric,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz. “They kept us away from the net, and when Patric got to the net they didn’t let any pucks into the net. He’s a courageous player, and he came back and played today.”
- The Predators dominated one area of the game despite losing 4-0, and that was the faceoff circle. Nashville won 60 percent of the faceoffs on the night.
- Former Predator Jonathon Blum played in just his third game with the Wild this season. It was the first time since he signed with the Wild that Blum played against his former team. He finished the night with 10:12 of ice time, one hit and one blocked shot.
- Sunday night’s game marked the seventh time the Predators have been shut out so far this season.
3 stars of Sunday night’s game…
1. Dany Heatley, MIN… Heatley had one goal and one assist and played well for the Wild all night long.
2. Darcy Kuemper, MIN… Kuemper stopped all 23 shots he faced, earning his first career NHL shutout.
3. Ryan Suter, MIN… Suter logged 28:42 of ice time and assisted on Heatley’s goal. He played a great defensive game.
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