What does the last game before the trade deadline mean? Generally not all that much really. If you’re a team that is outside of the playoff race but who still has a fighting chance, and who has been playing better hockey in the last stretch than through most of the season and who’s starting goaltender is playing his first game since October and you’re literally playing the best team in the east to gauge the team’s performance – then that last game before the trade deadline can be very significant.no comments
Pekka Rinne makes his return Tuesday as the Nashville Predators (26-25-10) face the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-16-4) in their second and final meeting of the regular season.
Although Pittsburgh has been hampered by injuries as of late, they still sit atop the Eastern Conference. Letang (stroke) and Martin (hand) both plan on being back into the lineup sometime next week.
The big story of the night will be Pekka Rinne’s return to the lineup. It will be interesting to see how quickly he adjusts to the speed of an actual NHL game. In the words of GM David Poile, Rinne is the best trade deadline acquisition the Predators could’ve asked for. Point blank, he is a serious upgrade over Carter Hutton and gives the Predators the best possible chance to make the Playoffs.
Bad news Penguins fans (and the rest of the NHL) ...
Pekka Rinne is set to return Tuesday night after recovering from an E. Coli infection in his hip.
Tuesday will be Rinne's tenth start of the 2013-14 season, first since October 22 in Minnesota, where he stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 1-0 loss. Rinne, 31, has a 4-4-1 record, 2.31 goals against average, and .917 save % thus far.
With the return of Rinne, that meant one goalie had to go. Devan Dubnyk, who was acquired in January via trade with the Edmonton Oilers, was placed on waivers Monday morning. Dubnyk has started in just two games since arriving in Nashville, but for good reason. He is winless and has a 4.35 GAA.
Any team will have the option to pick him up before he is sent to the minors where he will see very limited playing time. Dubnyk will be a UFA at the end of the season.no comments
Pekka Rinne will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena. Whether or not he will start is the question.
After being sent to the Milwaukee Admirals on conditioning assignment, Rinne is on his way back to rejoin the Predators Monday. In his time there, Rinnes started in two games, making 16 saves in a 9-1 victory Friday over the Iowa Wild and 17 saves in a 2-1 win against the Rochester Americans. Below are his highlights of the two starts.no comments
With 21 games remaining in the 2013-14 season, the Nashville Predators currently sit at 7th in the Central Division, 11 points out of a divisional playoff spot and 4 points away from becoming a Western Conference wildcard. With the NHL's trading period coming to a close Wednesday afternoon at 2pm CST, will general manager David Poile make a splash on Trade Deadline Day for the third year in-a-row?no comments
Editor's Note: This is a special Fangover because you are getting drunk on hockey in the afternoon, then took a nap, then woke up...y'know what? Just read the recap and enjoy.
The theme of Thursday night's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning was converting on power play opportunities. The Nashville Predators went 3-for-4 on the power play, improving them to 5th best with the man advantage in the NHL.
However, in Saturday's afternoon match against the Winnipeg Jets, Nashville was unapparent on the power play, going 0-for-6. Not being able to score with an extra man is killer, but the source of being unable to light the lamp was because they were stymied by Ondrej Pavelec.no comments
The Nashville Predators (26-24-10) will play host to the Winnipeg Jets (29-26-6) on a rare Saturday afternoon tilt that could have major implications in the Stanley Cup Playoff race.
Although the Jets sit at the bottom of the Central Division, they are one of the hottest teams in the league. Since Paul Maurice took over in January, the Jets have gone 10-3-1.
The Predators are coming off a huge come from behind win against Tampa Bay on Thursday night and look to carry their momentum into Saturday. This is up to this point the most important regular season game of the year. An outright win would essentially gain them 4 points in the playoff standing.
It took a fight for the Nashville Predators to finally get back into game form.
Martin St. Louis scored the Tampa Bay Lightning's only two goal of the game in the first period at 5:26 and 9:13. Carter Hutton was the victim of bad bounces. The first goal was because Ondrej Palat's shot hit the post and left a rebound for St. Louis to bury home into the net. St. Louis' second was from the right circle, hitting off Hutton's chest and through the legs before crossing the goalline.no comments
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The Nashville Predators (25-24-10) will play host to the Anaheim Ducks (33-20-5) on Thursday night in their first game since the Olympic Break.
Tampa Bay enters the game without Steven Stamkos. The team was optimistic he could possibly return for Thursday but it looks like his return won’t be until they return home on March 6th.
The Predators sit in a rather peculiar situation. They are just 4 points out of a playoff spot yet they sit 11th in the Western Conference. The next 4 games before the trade deadline could very well decide if they want to be buyers or sellers.