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It’s been a fun year

Every year has its ups and downs, extreme highs and lows for every fan and team. Nashville certainly had their fair share of both this year, from looking comfortable to making the playoffs, and then to having to win 14 of their last 20 just to make it in. It was also a year of firsts for this team, with its first series win among the top. The Preds have finally tasted a little success and should look to improve upon this next year. It’s odd when your team’s season is over; it’s almost as if you instantly look forward to the next season to try and cover up that it’s all over. I would like to look back on the best season the Predators have had yet, one where they accom...

Finally!

The Nashville Predators hade franchise history tonight as they beat the Ducks 4-2 in game 6 to win their first ever playoff series. This is a huge accomplishment for a team trying to make the next step and have success beyond the regular season. How good it feels to finally have this happen, with all the troubles during the regular season and past playoff failures it was hard to fully imagine this team going past the first round earlier in the year. This team gave it it’s all, by I truly mean team as only 2 players did not register a point in the series, one being O’Brien and the other Lindback. The Predators showed what a team can do when they run a good system and play as a ...

Getting Out of Hand

While for many viewers the Predators-Ducks series has been one of the most intriguing ones this post-season. Two teams that are essentially polar opposites of each other in terms of strategy and depth facing off to show which one is superior. While I have enjoyed this series and have been an exciting one, I believe that it has gotten way out of hand. There have been both battles on and off the ice for both teams, but it seems that the Ducks have been taking all the first shots. Let’s start with game one, while this game did have lots of intensity, it also showcased what happens when the ducks get frustrated. Corey Perry after the whistle in game one, was standing by Rinne an...

Preds Playoff Preview

The Preds made the Playoffs again this year, and for some reason to a lot of peoples surprise as well. While this team has never dazzled anyone, this may the year that the team has a good run in the playoffs. IN the past years this team has been basically healthy all throughout the year than with about 5 games before the playoffs, they lose a key player to injury. Last year Nashville’s only 30 goal scorer only played 2 games in the playoffs and had those 2 games while not fully healthy either. This year the team has been stricken by injuries, Rinne twice has been injured, Suter, Lombardi has missed the whole season, as well as: O’Reilly, Sullivan, Erat, Legwand, etc. In fact ...

Weekly Predator (March 29th)

The Predators came off a huge week last week continuing their win streak and extending it to 6 games. Tonight they take on the Canucks at the Bridgestone Arena to try to both continue the winning ways and to further cement their place in the top 8. Last week as I mentioned before was a huge week for the Predators as they swept the week with 4 wins in 4 games including key wins over the Ducks and Stars top help create a gap between them and other teams in the West. With the West being as tight as it is I was really impressed with this team, the games they needed to win they won and have chosen the best possible time to find their offense and start a run into the playoffs, as it has...

The Weekly Predator (March 14th/11)

Last week the Predators started turning around their recent slide that sent them falling out of the playoffs by acquiring 5 of 8 points going 2-1-1. With 3 of those games against teams in the hunt for the playoffs that’s not a bad week by any means. This week is going to be a hard week for the Preds as they have to face the Kings, Bruins, Detroit and Buffalo. The first three games are home games for the Predators and should give them a little help against the tougher teams that they will face. The Preds are currently 17-7-7 at home which fairs well for them as their nest 10 of 13 are at home to close out the season. As of late the Preds have had the line of Erat-Legwand-Ward ...

The Weekly Predator

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Predators, after winning 4-1 in Detroit they have won only 4 games out of 11 and have slipped out of the playoffs as of today. They do only sit one point out behind the Kings and 5 points out of 5th. Since the currently slide and the Preds falling out a lot of fans have already given up on the season saying that it’s over and they might as well start golfing now. I say that people need to relax, as there are still 16 games left in the season with 12 being home games against teams’ right above the Predators in the standings. Looking at the schedule I would say it isn’t a stretch to say that they will qualify for the playoffs, but if...

Will He Stay or Will He Go?

With the trade deadline looming a lot of different speculation has come up regarding the Predators Shea Weber. Now I’m not sure why every time a fan hears a trade regarding their team the Preds they seem to start fantasizing about getting Shea Weber. He’s an RFA this season, as well the Predators in the run to make and compete in the playoffs. So if he becomes available it would be in the offseason once the Preds have retained his rights and a team is either willing to trade for him or put in a offer sheet. I’ll start this with I believe to be the most unlikely scenario to happen and that is a team offer sheets Weber. The last person to be offer sheeted was Hjalmarsson b...

Poile Goes Fishing

\ This afternoon GM David Poile of the Nashville Predators acquired Mike Fisher form the Senators for a first round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012. Conditional pick is NAS’s third rounder if Preds win 1 round in playoffs, turns into second-rounder in 2012 if the team wins two-or-more rounds. At first sight I didn’t particularly like this deal, but that isn’t to say I don’t like the player the team has acquired. Fisher is seen almost as another Legwand with maybe slightly better offensive production. This trade also tells me a few things as well, one being that Lombardi is going to be shut down for the season and Fisher is essentially his replacement for this...

Predators: Contender or Pretender?

Is this the year the Preds finally make a statement in the playoffs or is it just going to be another disappointment? This year has generated a lot of optimism in the fans of the Nashville Predators. After last year’s defeat to the eventual Stanley-cup champions the team felt like they needed to prove something to everyone. So in the off-season a lot of changes were made to the team in trading Hamuis, Arnott and Ellis away and getting O’Brien, Kostitsyn and Lombardi to strengthen the team. As it currently stands after 51 games into the season the Predators have 61 points good for 4th in the Western conference. Currently on pace to finish with home-ice advantage in the pla...