The Nashville Predators’ six game winning streak came to an end Thursday night as they lost to the Minnesota Wild 6-1 in former head coach John Hynes’ return to Bridgestone Arena.
Hynes, who was fired at the end of May after four-plus seasons with the Predators, was hired by the Wild on Tuesday. He’s 2-0 since taking over for Dean Evason.
There was little to be happy about in the Predators locker room following the loss with the failure to execute being the main talking point.
There was no injury update on Alex Carrier after he suffered a hit to the head from Kirill Kaprizov at 7:30 in the first period. Carrier left and did not return to the game. The Predators had played with 11 forwards and seven defensemen the last three games.
If Carrier misses any length of time, Nashville could recall either Marc Del Gaizo or Spencer Stastney, both of whom got some playing time over the last month but were sent back to the Milwaukee Admirals.
Roman Josi gave his thoughts on the team’s performance tonight and his disappointment with the officiating on the Carrier hit:
Ryan O’Reilly admitted that the Predators sat back and waited for Minnesota to bring it to them. He spoke with the refs following the Carrier hit, but did not receive an explanation for why no review was done:
Head coach Andrew Brunette found the performance to be a failure to execute and he had some choice words for the hit on Carrier:
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