Carolina Hurricanes 5, Nashville Predators 1: Depleted Predators defeated again
For the second consecutive game, the Nashville Predators dressed six rookies against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The result Thursday, 5-1 in favor of the Hurricanes, was no better for the visitors, who fell in overtime to the same team Tuesday night.
Center Ryan Johansen expressed his frustration during the second-intermission interview with Fox Sports Tennessee, which lasted all of 21 seconds and ended with Johansen saying, "Go score five goals," when asked what the mindset was going into the third down by four.
The Predators didn't, of course.
The victory was the Hurricanes' seventh in a row and moved them to 19-6-1 overall and 10-1-1 at home. The Predators fell to 11-15-1.
Morgan Geekie, who scored goals on his first three NHL shots last season, tipped in the first goal for the Hurricanes on his team's first power play in the first period. He tipped in their second power-play goal with just over 11 minutes left in the second.
Brock McGinn, who absorbed a hit Tuesday that resulted in a two-game suspension for Dante Fabbro, made it 2-0 not long after.
Sixteen seconds later, Dougie Hamilton raised his stick in celebration of the 3-0 lead, their third goal in a 2:21 span, meaning they made good on half their shots on goal in the period.
The Predators lost defenseman Mark Borowiecki during the second period, when he left with an upper-body injury, leaving the team with five players at that position.
The Hurricanes' fifth goal, early in the third, prompted John Hynes to pull Pekka Rinne in favor of Kasimir Kaskisuo, who became the seventh rookie to appear in the game for Nashville. It was Kaskisuo's second career NHL game.
Nick Cousins scored for the Predators late in the third period.
Big number: 1-12-1. Predators record against the top three teams in the division this season - the Hurricanes, Lightning and Panthers - all of whom they'll face on this eight-game road trip.
Big name: The Predators placed defenseman Roman Josi on injured reserve Thursday, four days after he suffered an upper-body injury against the Dallas Stars.
On the wire: Predators also placed forward Brad Richardson on injured reserve. Recalled forwards Michael McCarron, Mathieu Olivier and Rem Pitlick and defensemen Alexandre Carrier and Ben Harpur from the taxi squad. Recalled defenseman Frederic Allard to the taxi squad from Chicago (AHL).
Next: at Tampa Bay Lightning, 6 p.m. Saturday at Amalie Arena, 102.5-FM, Fox Sports Tennessee.
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