Head coach Barry Trotz made one of the most questionable roster moves of his coaching career Thursday night in preparation for his match against the Winnipeg Jets. Trotz scratched Viktor Stalberg with the return of center Mike Fisher to the lineup after suffering a fracture in his foot. Does it make any sense for an offensively challenged team to scratch the player general manager David Poile signed to score more goals? No.no comments
The Nashville Predators (5-4-1) faceoff against the Winnipeg Jets (4-5-1) Thursday night in their second of five meetings this season. Nashville looks to rebound from their loss to Minnesota on Tuesday while the Jets look to establish some consistency. The Predators are coming back home for a quick 2 game stretch before they hit the road again. Home Ice has been very kind to the Predators so far, where they have earned 7 out of 10 possible points.no comments
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It wasn't a surprise for Seth Jones to have made it this far. The 19 year old was the Nashville Predators' 1st round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. With oodles of talent, Jones cracked the Preds defense core that has sorely missed a key piece since the departure of Ryan Suter. Here's a look at Seth Jones' early start to his career.no comments
Where was the Nashville Predators' offense Tuesday night? It was obvious from puck drop to the final horn the team was flat and not producing any scoring chances, leaving Pekka Rinne, who stopped twenty-seven shots, out to dry. Nashville had a total of sixteen shots on goal (3, 6, 7) -- a season-low thus far.
The most frustrating of it all was the Wild were playing with five defensemen throughout the night and were sometimes down to three or four during portions of the game. Despite all that, the Predators were still unable to apply pressure.
Without any offense, Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding looked like a rock star between the pipes, recording his first shutout on the year in a 2-0 victory. After being moved up to the first line with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine scored the game-winner with 1:07 remaining in the second period off the one mishandle by Rinne.
It was an unfortunate play by Rinne, but not all blame can be put on him. Rooke defenseman Seth Jones failed to clear the puck and, or block Fontaine away from the rebound attempt.
With twenty-five seconds remaining, Jason Pominville scored the empty-netter to cap off the two goal victory at home.no comments
The Milwaukee Admirals came up short on Saturday night in Milwaukee against the Chicago Wolves. This comes a day after backup goalie Marak Mazanec recorded his first North American win and Anthony Bitetto scored 2 goals as the Admirals beat the Calder Cup Champions in Grand Rapids against the Griffins.no comments
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A great week for Predators hockey! Nashville got 7 out of 8 possible points this past week, with wins agains Florida, Montreal and Winnipeg and an OTL against Los Angeles. The game in Montreal was a great demonstration of this team's abilities when up against a formidable opponent. And to follow it up with the a great effort the next day in the second leg of back to back road games was impressive.
It's worth noting that this week some players moved down to no fault of their own, just teammates having more successful games.
Read the full play rankings below, and check out last weeks here.no comments
This is a weekly post giving hockey fans in Middle Tennessee TV listings for upcoming games at the College and NHL level.no comments
It was the Nashville Predators who played the night before, not the Winnipeg Jets, even though it didn't appear to be that way. Despite being outshot and held under thirty shots for the first time since October 8 in the 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild, the Predators were able to defeat the Jets, 3-1. With Sunday night's victory, it gave Nashville four points in the standings in only two games. A successful Canadian road trip to say the least.
Nashville scored three unanswered goals in the second period thanks to Eric Nystrom, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen. The Winnipeg defense left their goaltender Ondrej Pavelec out to dry a little bit with Nystrom's short-handed breakaway goal; Hornqvist's shot that deflected off Zach Bogosian's skate and in; and the failure to clear the puck, which led to Cullen's goal.
Jets' head coach Claude Noel put the team in overdrive after the second intermission, putting on twelve shots in the third, while limiting Nashville to only seven. Evander Kane scored the lone goal for Winnipeg after multiple attempts of trying to bang home the loose puck. Obviously, a whistle should've been blown by the referee since Carter Hutton had it covered, but that wasn't the case.
Hutton was able to stay mentally strong following the garbage goal, as he was throughout the night. He recorded his first win with the Predators by stopping thirty-seven shots.no comments
The Predators visit Winnipeg for the first time in Franchise history tonight, well for a regular season game anyway. Nashville has only faced the Jets once since the team relocated from Atlanta, a 3-1 home win in March 2012. The Preds are coming off of an energetic win in Montreal just last night, and may feel some afftereffects from their good effort in this double header. The Jets on the other hand had the night off Saturday, their last game being a 4-3 shooutout win against St. Louis on Friday, which was played in Winnipeg. The Preds are 4-3-1 and the Jets are 4-4-0.no comments