Predators struggle to get shots, let alone goals in loss

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:57pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators had a hard enough time creating any shots for themselves Thursday.

The last thing they needed to do, therefore, was to give the St. Louis Blues a free one. Yet that is exactly what they did.

Blues center Patrik Berglund scored on a second-period penalty shot and the Predators were outshot 24-13 in a 3-0 defeat at St. Louis.

It was the first time Nashville was held scoreless since March 27, 2012 — also at St. Louis and the lowest shot total since it had 12 at Edmonton on Oct. 17, 2011, the fifth game of last season.

Mike Fisher registered the first shot of the contest, 12 seconds after the opening faceoff, but it was more than 16 minutes before the Predators (1-1-2) got another. In between the Blues got six to the Nashville net, the last of which was from T.J. Oshie and became the game’s first goal at 12:59 of the opening period.

The shots were 9-3 in favor of St. Louis after one period and 20-7 through two.

No Nashville player finished with more than two shots on goal.

Berglund, who had an assist on Oshie’s goal, made it 2-0 with his penalty shot after Fisher hooked him at 9:26 of the second period, and Vladimir Tarasenko closed out the scoring with a power play goal at 9:04 of the third period, his second goal in as many games against the Predators this season.

Nashville continues its seven-game road trip, which started Tuesday at Minnesota, on Saturday at Anaheim (9:30 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee).

21 Comments on this post:

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 6:33

This is a minor league team in the NHL no offence sloppy defence and not worth the money
it's like going to a one second fight as soon as they drop the puck game over let' s just skate around SCOTT NICHOLE JUST LIKE THE OTHER GOOD PLAYERS WE LET GO HAS MORE GRIT AND GUTS THAN THREE OF THESE GUYS!!!

By: Rasputin72 on 1/25/13 at 7:24

The ice hockey fans in middle tennessee do not care so much about winning or losing. They like too wear their heavy gold ice hockey jerseys and watch the players skate.

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 7:28

It's not fair to the Fans they trade everybody away they go to other team s and tear it up look at Steve Sullivan Hat trick but we; don't need him] Scott Hartnell tearing it up for Philly Nice Job Front Office.[

By: BLUES FAN on 1/25/13 at 8:32


By: TITAN1 on 1/25/13 at 9:50

same story, I noticed that you didn't post on the story on the Preds win at The Wild. Are you really that negative that you whine when the lose, but won't give props when they win, or just a joy sucker?

By: TITAN1 on 1/25/13 at 9:53

Hey Blues fan, congrats! Sorry, St Louis doesn't have an online newspaper for you to post on.

By: jwk6179 on 1/25/13 at 9:59

I'm extremely disappointed in ALL the Nashville Predator fans that stated they WERE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT or ATTEND ANY GAMES when the Predators and the NHL returns. Yet, after TWO HOME GAMES (both of which were sell outs), the very fans that stated they wouldn't return to Bridgestone Arena this season, were the FIRST ones there for both games. Yeah, that really showed the Predators management and the NHL that you aren't going to take the Lock-out lying down. WTG, Predator fans!!

By: foxman on 1/25/13 at 10:34

Minor league hockey team??? You are an idiot. This team has made the playoffs 7 of the last 8 years & has 15 straight sellouts.

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 4:47

TiTan1 wants me to post on the predators WIN the other night the score was tied and if the goalie don't make the mistake leave his net and try to beat Erat to the puck different out come I WANT THE HUNTSVILLE HAVOC TO PLAY THE PREDATORS If they lose to the Preds I'll be glad to shut up but guess what The Huntsville Havoc would give them all they wanted and you would see Nashville wholesaled their team for just ok guys to fill key spots and try to get away with enough wins where people would still hope and come .SATISFIED

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 5:50

Hey Fox man if you knew what you were talking about you would know that most of the players that made those playoffs have been traded given to other teams who are using them successfully and we have about 6 or 7 pro like players and then next years and next years young hopefuls for future not Championship contenders right now it's just the front office is trying to convince Nashville these guys can win the cup this year they are no where near the talent Nashville had when they made playoffs dream your dreams and watch the nightmare unfold Play the HUNTSVILLE Havoc they just might beat the Predators.

By: TITAN1 on 1/25/13 at 6:12

Same story, cute how you played with my screen name. Shows that you are a child or an adult with a child's mind.

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 6:25

It's funny how when people have no way to prove their point they go to name calling that is so adult so go ahead do your best the thing is Predators will play their 48 games and then go home taking your money with them.IT IS NOT THE SAME TEAM FROM THEIR BEST YEARS THOSE GUYS ARE ON OTHER REAL NHL TEAMS AND DOING WELL CAUSE NASHVILLE SOLD THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 7:08

By the way I am a season ticket holder and have been since they came here thats what has me pissed off they sold the Team off out of the best players and try to pawn a bunch of young hopefuls on the fans with a few let over guys and say this is the year no way we had the TEAM too do it AND THEY GAVE IT AWAY jUST LISTEN TO PETE AND TERRY YOU CAN TELL THEY IT'S OVER YOU JUST HAVE HEAR WHAT THEY SAY AND KNOW HOCKEY TALK

By: TITAN1 on 1/25/13 at 7:55

Name calling? How about the way you typed my screen name? But, don't let facts get in your way. Fans who constantly bash their team and NEVER give them props, might want to buy a team, then they can do whatever they want with it.

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 8:28

Excuse me one I'm a Nashville citizen two i buy season tickets and pay to see a good team the front office has sold off every good player we ever had but you wouldn't know anything about that as far as your name that was a type ooooo These guys are not the quality players Nashville is known to have i pay to see them play i pay a lot of money to see them play between parking food concessions I have seen good Nashville Teams and this is not one and it's the front office's fault not the players also look mat your beloved TiTANS Peyton Manning walked in hear looked around had the moon offered to him saw what a mess and said NOOOOO Way! But Then you Know Football SO doeas Peyton a little better than you and good ol"e BUD

By: TITAN1 on 1/26/13 at 8:30

Whatever, don't drown in your pity pool.

By: same story on 1/26/13 at 2:50

NOW TiTan1 go suck another 14 Dollar beer at thedfootball game
Oh by the way your gonna have another losing season!!!

By: same story on 1/26/13 at 2:50

NOW TiTan1 go suck another 14 Dollar beer at thedfootball game
Oh by the way your gonna have another losing season!!!

By: same story on 1/26/13 at 3:11

Look your team sucks the preds suck both are over paid no super bowl no stanley cup not in your life time not in mine that simple have a nice day and wear your jersey till next season wave your car flag and remember 30 million for two yard runs 30 MILLION OH MY GOD to run two yards and fall down.

By: TITAN1 on 1/26/13 at 9:18

Mr negative, only God knows the future and I don't drink. Have a good night.

By: Heat Lightnin on 1/27/13 at 10:41

Predators are awesome! They will make the playoffs. Wish they had a breakout goal-scorer though.