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Some Preds not rising to the Occasion

 

Nashville Predators are known around their league for their drafting and being able to get the most out of their players in the line-up. While this year has shown both of those with Preds rookies coming in and playing above their heads, there have been some both rookies and non-rookies who haven’t played they way they should.

First let’s start with Kostitsyn; while he did start off the year strong playing at almost a point a game, he hasn’t been the same since getting injured earlier this month. He missed three games with an upper body injury in the seven games he has played since then he has only 3 points, all coming in one game. Kostitsyn was brought...

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...

Pacioretty Pops Puck Past Pekka

Overtime is becoming a friend to the Habs on this road trip. Two games two overtime victories against western conference teams. Peter Budaj, playing in his second game of the season was sensational stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced in a fast paced entertaining game. 

The Nashville Predators played the 1000th game in their history. Barry Trotz also was coaching on this mile-stone night - only the fourth man in the history of the NHL to coach 1000 games with the same team. The others are Al Arbour - Islanders, Lindy Ruff (Sabres), Billy Reah (Blackhawks). 

The Habs out played the Predators in the first period - skating and passing with authority and totally dominati...

In The Rear View: The Sharks' First Month in Review

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It was almost exactly a month ago when the Sharks kicked off their 2011-12 season with an opening night win against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Shark Tank. San Jose dominated that game by a score of 6-3, which doesn't really do it justice, considering just how much better the Sharks actually were. This was the first time fans and coaches alike had a chance to see just what this new, and hopefully improved, Sharks team would look like, and it looked good.

 

But then there were the dark times. A three game stretch where the Sharks played Anaheim, St. Louis, and Anahe...

The 49 Million Dollar Goalie.

Today was Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne’s birthday; also, it was the day he signed a contract worth $49 million over 7 years with the Nashville Predators.

While this is a large contract for a goalie, it was a necessary step for the team as they must establish their team as one that can spend money and is willing to lock up core players. Rinne has been the team MVP both this year and last season and is now certainly being paid like it.

Coming into this season there were a lot of questions as to which or any of the big three for Nashville would stay. Rinne answered the call and was locked up long term; while the contract isn’t cheap, it isn’t a gross o...

Current Road Trip Key for Predators

 

On Monday night the Predators started their 5 game road trip against the Blackhawks. The Predators did lose in OT, but put up a spirited fight even while missing some key players. In the next 7 days the predators will play 4 games in their west coast swing, with 3 of those teams, being above the Predators in the standings currently, this road trip will be extremely important for the Preds going forward.

IN Nashville’s first 7 of 8 games this season, the Predators played extremely poorly, only managing to stay close thanks to Pekka Rinne. The team was being out shot, out played and generally out scored. After winning their first two games of the season the Predator...

Preds Losing Streak Shows serious Problems

 

Being a young team in NHL comes with its highs and lows, and the Predators have had a little of one and a lot of the other so far. After starting the season 2-0-0, with two wins against division rivals, the Predators have recently lost 4 in a row going 0-3-1 and giving up 16 goals in those loses.

The Predators decided this year to go through a youth movement while trying to match or better there great season last year. While all seemed good at the beginning, it has quickly turned sour for the Predators. While going on a 4 game losing streak at the beginning of the season is nothing new for the Preds who did it in 09-10, it is still something that you want to avoid, and ...

Carter and Prospal Impress in Blue Jackets Debut

It didn't take long for center Jeff Carter and line-mate Vinny Prospal to make their presence felt to a sell out 18,247 crowd in Nationwide Arena.

 

The Blue Jackets opened up at home last night to a 2-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, with Carter beginning his Blue Jackets career tallying two assists, earning him the second player of the game. It was more than just the two assists though, he showed dominance on the ice, commanded his line well, and showed Columbus he would not hesitate about throwing the puck to the net.

 

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Preds defeat Jackets in Season Opener

Youth is going to be key this season for the Nashville Predators if they are going to have any sort of success.  Boasting the youngest listed roster in the NHL at 25.8, the Predators are in the midst of a youth movement, but they are still expected to compete this season.

They got off to a good start on opening night, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in a hard fought game that came down to the wire. With goals from Halischuk, Suter and Smith, the Preds were able to overcome Columbus in the first time these two teams had ever played each other in a season opener.

While the Predators did start slow with constant pressure by the Jackets, they were able to get o...

Western Conference Predictions

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Before the season begins, i thought I'd take a stab at predicting where each team will fall in the 2011-12 season. So, without further ado:

 

Vancouver Canucks – They might have a slow start coming out of the gate, as two of their top six players in Kesler and Raymond are out to start the season, but this is still a darn good hockey team. The Canucks will be icing basically the same roster as they did last season, minus Christian Ehrhoff, and I do not see any reason why they won&#...