The Blackhawks are coming off of a hot night in cold, blustery snowstorm in Chicago. They are looking to continue their hot streak and stay ahead of tough Central divisional opponent Nashville. The Central Division of the Western Conference is turning out to be an absolute dog fight amongst the teams in the best division in hockey right now.
Currently the Chicago Blackhawks sit atop the Central division and Western conference with a 29-13-6 record and a league leading 64 points. The Blackhawks are coming in off of a three game win streak and an emotional reunion game Friday with the Florida Panthers. It is important they come away with points in this one as they a...
Every year it seems as though Nashville comes into the season as an underdog. A team that no one expects to make much noise, and just silently get through the season. This year has been different though for both the team and the fans, coming into the year there were new expectations on the team. Even after losing talent and going younger in the off season it was expected that this year the Predators would make the playoffs and make a run in them. Through 47 games the Predators have 58 points and are in the top 9 in the NHL. They play in the leagues hardest division with 4 of their teams in the top 9 and have a winning record within the division. The big question is whether or not this tea...
"I didn't know the Predators were this good!" Said many Islander fans who watched Monday afternoon's 3-1 Islanders loss to Nashville. Maybe no one realized that they are so talented because they only play the Islanders once a year. And that is definitely something a realignment can change, but that is a discussion for another time.
If you read my pregame report for this game, you will know that 1 out of the 3 things that I suggested happened. The one being that the Islanders started Kevin Poulin. Poulin had been stellar in Bridgeport, being named AHL Player of the Week stopping 98 of his last 100 shots faced prior to Monday's game.
The Islanders play host to the Nashville Predators this afternoon and it is always nice to see a team from the West at the old barn.
Although coach Capuano has not confirmed who his starting goaltender will be, I have got to assume Kevin Poulin will be between the pipes. Nabokov has played in 11 straight games and obtained his 300th career victory on Saturday vs. Buffalo. There is no reason not to start Poulin. The only action he's seen as of late is during the pregame warm up.
After a loss to the Stars on the 23rd, the Preds went into the break with an extra loss on their record but nothing more. Then suddenly on the morning of the 26th with the predators set to host the Wings terrible news hit Pred nation. The captain and arguably best defenseman in the NHL would be sitting out the game with an undisclosed injury. After review of the game in Dallas, fans found what may have caused the now made known concussion. Fistric of the Stars hit Weber in the corner in the dying minutes of the game, while there was no suspension on the play; it seemed to have been an elbow that caused the injury.
The pressure was on for the Red Wings tonight as they played the Predators in Nashville. Division standings, conference standings and an already lackluster season performance on the road did not prevent them from getting the job done.
The Wings looked great on both sides of the ice during the first period. Valtteri Filppula's first period goal gave the team much needed motivation as Nashville didn't answer until the end of the third. By then, the Wings were already up 4-1.
Detroit didn't let up in the second period as goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary contributed to their dominance. A fourth goal in the third, Filppula's second of the night...
So far the series is split between Detroit and Nashville.
The Red Wings dominated against the Predators in November with 4-1 victory at home, but Nashville managed to comeback against Detroit just two weeks ago on home ice with a 4-3 win. And there is much more than the series riding on this game.
Right now the Wings are third in their division, with very little room for error both ahead and behind them. Even closer is the race to stay in the Western Conference's top eight. The Wings are currently sixth in the conference, with the Preds sitting at eighth.
The Red Wings are lacking in road victories as of late, dropping five of the last seven attemp...
In the past three games, the Washington Capitals have mustered just three total goals. In that same three-game span, the NHL's leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos has managed four tallies.
The Caps' hunt for offense won't get any easier when they welcome the Nashville Predators to town tonight. The Predators allow just 2.59 goals per game, which ranks in the top half of the NHL in that department.
They also boast one of the league's very best between the pipes in last year's Vezina Runner-up Pekka Rinne. But the Caps catch a break as it will be backup Anders LIndback in net for the Preds tonight as Rinne will get the night off ...
In the past, the Predators were not known as road warriors. They wouldn’t storm into another team's building and take two points. Nashville got most of its points and wins at Bridgestone Arena, becoming known as one of the best home teams over the past five years. Recently, this has changed. This season, the Preds have the league's 4th best road record at 9-6-1 but they have been struggling at home with a dismal 5-5-3 record, in front of only Carolina and Columbus.
Before the game against the Ducks on Saturday night the Predators had lost four straight on home ice, with the last two games against the Coyotes and the Sabers both tightly contested games that could have g...