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Hawks look to find groove against Predators

After a disappointing loss in Colorado on Wednesday, the Hawks are looking to get back on track as they host the Nashville Predators on Friday night.  Both teams have struggled as they’ve returned from the Olympic break, but the Predators have won their last two games, scoring four goals in each contest.  They roll into Chicago on the last leg of a three-game trip, and while they’re currently eight points out of a playoff spot, they’re still a threat to the defending Stanley Cup champs.

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Couturier, Mason Shine in Comeback Shootout Win Over Predators

If there was a game to define what Steve Mason has been doing for the Flyers this season, Saturday night in the Music City was the night.

Mason stopped 34 shots, including two great saves in the shootout as the Flyers came back to beat the Nashville Predators, 3-2. The win started the Flyers' six-game road trip out on the right foot.

It was Mason's best effort of the season.

Mason's effort was coupled with Sean Couturier's late game-tying goal that forced overtime. His tally with 6 minutes, 54 seconds remaining gave Mason the chance to steal a second point from the Predators.

(Photo: Steve Mason covers the puck as Gabriel Bourque contends with Luke Schenn. Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators

Last night the Phoenix Coyotes almost let one slip away, going up 3-0 on the Chicago Blackhawks before being forced into a shootout situation that saw Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Radim Vrbata and Mike Smith step up and seal the deal for a 4-3 win. Tonight, they face the Nashville Predators for the last time until March 12th, 2012, and despite their 14-9-3 record, are at least in some part conscious of the last not-too-distant time they faced off against them--a Pekka Rinne lights out night that handed them a 3-0 loss.

This is the third game in four nights for the Coyotes, and they have a date with the Detroit Red Wings to look forward to on Thursday.  The Predators have had a to...

Nashville’s own Kid Line

While many people in the hockey world know of the kid line in Edmonton featuring Jordna Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, there may be another one on the rise in Nashville.

Hornqvist, Smith and Wilson have combined to become Nashville’s top line since David  Legwand was injured two games ago and has performed quite well together in those games. While not as young as the Oilers line, the oldest of the trio is Hornqvist at 24, while both Smith and Wilson are 22.

While they aren’t exactly straight out of the draft, none have a ton of NHL experience, the most being Hornqvist who has played 202 regular season game and being in only his 3rd complete seaso...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators

In what will be their last game before the much-awaited home opener against the Winnipeg Jets, the Phoenix Coyotes will first look to rebound from a 2-1 shootout loss in Dallas that saw them open the scoring in the third period before Loui Eriksson tied things up with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation.  Despite this, the Coyotes looked much stronger than their first outing against San Jose and managed to outshoot their opponents 41-25.

Nashville won't be an easy opponent, as the young but feisty Predators remain undefeated thanks to their goaltender, Pekka Rinne, who has allowed but four goals in both his team's wins.  Their p...

Are You Ready For Some Hockey?

...Too bad the sharks aren't playing any today. We still have to wait until Friday to watch another Shark's game. But maybe, just maybe, what seems like a punishment might actually be a blessing in disguise. You see, a myriad of Sharks are out right now with various injuries and would not have been ready to go on an earlier date. Havlat is still recuperating from a shoulder injury. Niemi is recovering from minor surgery that removed a cyst from his knee. And Marleau has missed every practice this week with the flu. Two of these three players, sans Marleau, also missed the opening game of the season. Which is a real testament to how stacked this Sharks team is with depth at all position...