‘Not good’ might be the kindest way to describe the Panthers performance in Wednesday’s rookie game against the Nashville Predators. There are much harsher ways to put the 5-0 defeat but I’m going to assume that little ones might be reading over mom or dad’s shoulder.
The Panther rookies played bad enough to be members of the big club in a November game against the Caps. And really, no one should be spared of criticism. The power play was unorganized and ineffective. The penalty kill surrendered two goals. Both goalies were pelted with shots. There was zero offensive creativity. It seemed like a preview of what most Panther fans are expecting in the coming months.
The only offensive highlight was a Evgeny Dadonov shot that was kept out by the Nashville netminder Chet Pickard’s spectacular save. There wasn’t much more than that. The Preds rookies owned this ice tonight and the score could have been much worse.
Erik Gudbranson turned in an uneven performance. A few nice hits, mixed in with a few mistakes. Only John McFarland gave the crowd something to cheer about with his rooftop goal in the exhibition shootout following the final horn.
Luckily, the result doesn’t have long to linger. Both teams square off at high noon on Thursday. I hope to report back tomorrow with better results.
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