The Nashville Predators had decent hopes going into their Monday night game against the Phoenix Coyotes. They planned to play good defense and solve the inexperienced goalie in net for the Coyotes, Chad Johnson. Johnson was one step or reaction ahead of the shots of the Predators all game long. Basically, they didn’t play great offense or anything else.
The Coyotes simply outplayed the Predators on offense, defense, power play chances and every other possible way you look at it. Mainly they ran into a hot goalie and didn’t have the offensive push to force Johnson into bad spots. For the Predators this really is a hard one to take and might be a really bad sign going forward without their key winger Patric Hornqvist. If this game is any representation of the kind of game the Preds plan to play until they get him back, they might be out of the young season’s playoff picture before Hornqvist has anything to say about it.
Going forward they need to work hard on defense and it wouldn’t hurt to get out of the way of their goalie. Instead of coming away from this game with their heads held high, the Predators find themselves with holes they might not be able to fill in time to salvage the season. All around their performance was uninspiring. If they have the same effort next game, they might even get shut out again. Time will tell.