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RECAP Ducks @ Predetors 11/12/16: Advanced Stats Are Lame

A controlling game for the Ducks doesn’t translate to success against Nashville.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

I hate advanced stats (until tomorrow). This team is confusing (only kind of). Trade everyone and acquire only good ol’ Ontario boys (ok and maybe the Swedes). The Ducks 5-0 loss against the Predators game just goes to show you that will stats like possession trends and shooting% correlate over many games, it can come back to bite you.

A fast-paced first period with minimal stoppages leaned in the Ducks favor until the final 45 seconds when Nashville made a hard push in the Ducks defensive zone that lead to a Ryan Ellis goal with only 3 seconds left in the period. The Ducks had a few golden chances only to be turned away by Pekka “Literally Carey Price” Rinne.

The second period began like the first, with Ducks dominating possession but not getting as many good chances. That all changed when the Ducks 2nd Period Experience™ made a not-at-all-welcome awakening from hibernation as Nashville rattled off 3 goals from James Neal, Colton Sissons, and Filip Forsberg (his first of the year).

The third highlighted the Ducks inability to complete clean passes as sloppy zone entires and rolling pucks allowed Nashville to coast to a shutout in a game that undoubtedly served as a dose of karma to a Ducks rem that has romped the Predators 6-1 at Honda Center just a few weeks ago.

The Ducks will return home on Tuesday to begin a five game home stand against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers for the first time this season. The Oilers are surprising everyone by currently sitting at the top of the Pacific Division.