Nashville Predators season ends early after OT loss

The Nashville Predators will have to wait until December to take the ice again as their season comes to an end after a Game 4 loss to the Coyotes.

For most of Game 4, it seemed that the Nashville Predators had control of the game. The offense was getting off more shots than Arizona, and they controlled the puck for more time but struggled to get the puck in the net.

The Predators finished the night with 52 shots, which is 18 more shots than the Coyotes got off. Even though Nashville had 18 more shots, they still fell short.

The Coyotes were the more consistent team on offense with a goal in every period, including the overtime period. Arizona led at the end of the first period 1-0 and took a 2-0 lead before Nashville could wake up. At that point, it looked like the Preds would be run off the ice.

The Predators came back fighting, though. Two second-period goals tied the game thanks to a goal by Matt Duchene and Viktor Arvidsson.

Arizona quickly responded at the beginning of the third period to retake the lead. The Preds weren’t done as they tied it at 3 goals apiece with 32 seconds remaining in the period to force the game into overtime.

The Coyotes benefitted from another quick start in the overtime period and was able to score the game-winning goal to move on to the next round and eliminate the Predators.

I said earlier today that the Predators should be able to score at least three goals per game, and they did that. Their defense just wasn’t good enough to hold off the Coyotes.

On paper, the Predators looked like the winning team. They led in most categories, but there’s one category that matters a bit more than all the others, and they didn’t lead in that one.

It’s another heartbreaking loss for the Preds as their season comes to an end earlier than fans were hoping. Now they will have another few-month break to prepare for the 2020-21 season and hopefully figure out the issues in the offense.