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Devils cap Preds’ brutal weekend, win 5-0

Nov 10, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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If nothing else, the Nashville Predators don’t need to look far to see a team that bounced back from back-to-back shutouts in a rough weekend.

The New Jersey Devils suffered that fate just a week ago, and now they were the ones doing the dominating, topping the Predators 5-0 on Sunday. Nashville lost to the Winnipeg Jets by that same 5-0 score on Friday, too.

Predators fans can split hairs, but to some, Sunday’s loss might be a little more bitter. The Devils beat the Predators at their own game, limiting them to just 15 shots on goal while Jaromir Jagr made some history.

It’s unfair to lay all the blame on Carter Hutton, especially since Nashville’s been held without a goal the past two contests. Still, it’s tough to look away from eight goals allowed on 31 shots over the last two games, with Friday’s work only lasting about eight and a half minutes.

With Pekka Rinne still weeks – if not a couple months – away, it’s tough to find a bright side for Nashville … except, maybe, that the same could have probably been said about the Predators’ opponents on Sunday just a week ago.

(Unless that just makes things even worse …)

  1. martysbetter - Nov 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Believe it or not: The Devils are the 3rd hottest team in the Metropolitan Division, having gained points in 7 of their last 10 games.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      And I was lucky enough to snag Marty off waivers in my league. 2 SOs baby! Keep playing that hot hand, Pete!

  2. valoisvipers - Nov 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Miller time!

  3. lenapedevil - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Another great team effort and an even better result. The Devils’ 41 year olds continue to play well and continue to make history. Congratulations to Jagr, Brodeur and to the rest of the team! Finally, if Janssen keeps scoring, Elias can take his time coming back! Just kidding!

  4. blackheart78 - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    It’s a good thing Poile keeps on drafting those defenseman because as you know Nashville has no issues with scoring goals on a regular basis.

    • trbowman - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      He COULD NOT pass on Seth Jones where he got him…that was highway robbery. But yeah that collection of forward talent, or lack thereof is scary.

      • trbowman - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Though Poile deserves credit for getting rid of a bum like Marty Erat in exchange for Forsberg. Erat’s scored, what, two or three goals since playing for the Caps?

  5. devilsarethebest - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Oh, I see how it is. No mention at all of Marty’s 9+ period shutout streak. Ok, James, be like that.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:44 AM

      There are some guys who set myriad records and are so great you can pick even a single record and they’d make the Hall of Fame just with that alone. Gretzky’s 50 hat tricks, Howe’s 26 NHL seasons, Orr’s 8 straight Norris Trophies, Henri Richard’s 11 Stanley Cups, and so on. Brodeur’s 123 shutouts. (No active goalie is within 55 of him!)

  6. 950003cups - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    The offense wasn’t the major problem. Forwards cant score when their pinned in their own zone all night. Hutton was under siege all night. Tonights game is not indicative of the defense in Nashville. Just a bad night for them. Anyone thinking that Nashville is in trouble probably thinks Janssen will win the Rocket Richard.

    If anything is to be made of tonight, it’s that NJ may have found the next Rafalski in Gelinas. I’ve been waiting for him to flop, and he always seems to improve. I’m about to be a believer. It’s not luck. The guy has that gift.

  7. 950003cups - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Oh, and the NY Knicks suck!
    Sorry, I had to let that out. Now I’m gonna go and rip them on the basketball blog!

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