If you had Nashville allowing three goals in less than eight minutes during the first period en route to dropping game one 4-3 to the Coyotes, come and collect your prize.
It wasn’t unexpected for this to have been a one-goal game at the final buzzer, but the fact that the Predators struggled mightily for the better part of two periods leads us to question if the four months that the team has had off from hockey has helped them learn anything towards being a more cohesive unit on the ice.
In fact, the first and second period both were textbook examples of how Nashville had played over the last 12 months: inconsistent, penalty-laden, and poor defensively.
Was it wrong of us to think that a short, two-week training camp would fix any of the core issues with this team? Was it wrong of us to think that head coach John Hynes would be able to root them out either?
There was plenty of blame to go around in what should have been a good opportunity for the Predators to take a 1-0 lead in this series. Instead, we’re left to think about how this game would have looked if a weird double-bounce wouldn't have ended up in Nashville's net early into the contest.
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