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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
With every goal and assist, Filip Forsberg is helping the Nashville Predators continue their hot start, and making a 2013 deadline trade look more lopsided by the day.
The 20-year-old Forsberg is 10th in the NHL in scoring with 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. He’s a big reason why Nashville is pushing Chicago for first place in the Central Division more than a month into the season.
“We knew he was going to be good; I don’t think we expected him to be this good this early,” defenceman Ryan Ellis said. “He’s got some unbelievable hands and his confidence is high right now, which goes a long way on the ice.”
Confident but not cocky, Forsberg has grown physically and mentally from the player the Washington Capitals somewhat reluctantly drafted 11th overall in 2012. Projected to go in the top three, the Swedish forward with the slick skill slipped down the board.
It's not going to be a good night in Toronto, the Leafs are down 8-0 to Nashville at home with about 12 minutes to play in the 3rd at the time of this post.
The Wings play in Winnipeg on Thursday night then head to Toronto for a Saturday night game.
Babcok may want to lay low until the puck drops.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet with the story.
The Flames confirmed earlier today that Ferland has a concussion.
You can watch the hit below while we wait for the NHL to catch up on videos explaining the suspensions today.
added 3:14pm, NHL suspension video is below.
You can review the hit in this TSN highlight package from the game last night, scroll to the :40 second mark.
added 1:07pm, .GIF is below...
added 3:31pm, watch the hit below...
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
The goal totals aren’t yet pushing Nashville into the upper echelon of the NHL’s offensive clubs, but for the first time in a long time, at least the Predators seem to be eagerly trying to score rather than simply preventing goals. Their defence pinches harder now than they ever did under Barry Trotz, and they’ll be a little more aggressive now on the forecheck....
So the Preds, after missing the playoffs the past two springs following that massive post-season disappointment in the 2012 Stanley Cup tournament, are trying to change their image, trying to put their most offensive skate forward. Poile says shoring up the team’s appeal in the Nashville market by making the style more entertaining wasn’t really part of the motivation.
The club averaged 16,600 in attendance last season, 20th in the NHL while operating out of a building that doesn’t have the capacity of many of the league’s larger rinks. Hosting the NHL All-Star Game in 2016 will bring some glitz to Music City.
“The people have been very loyal in Nashville. They understand what has happened,” he said. “But our goal is still to sell out the building, and we have a ways to go. That said, business has never been better.”
Detroit/Washington, not only was the goal waived off, but Luke Glendening received 2 minutes for interference...
Then in the Nashville/Edmonton game...
from Eric Strongren of The Tennessean,
Making road trips successful — beyond winning games — means a grinding schedule for Rogers and assistant equipment manager Jeff Camelio. Early mornings and late nights for the love of the game, often on consecutive days and in different cities hundreds of miles apart. And lots of gear — 1,800 pounds' worth.
Rogers and Camelio handle the Predators' equipment in a workshop-like setting at Centennial Sportsplex and Bridgestone Arena. There are tool chests, blow torches, a microwave oven used to mold thick plastic into skate guards and spare parts available for just about every possible hockey situation.
There are 25 bags containing protective equipment for each player. There are three bags with as many as 300 sticks. Each player also has backup equipment, skates and a pair of extra skate blades. There's also a sewing machine, skate sharpener, medical trunks, television broadcast equipment, two sets of jerseys and even a soccer ball.
"The biggest thing for us is all the extra stuff we have to pack," Rogers said.
On this road trip, the Predators will travel 5,500 miles and play games in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg before concluding against Dallas and St. Louis.
The logistics involved in moving the team through each city falls on Brandon Walker, the Predators' manager of hockey operations.
from Brooks Bratten at the Predators' website,
The Nashville Predators will activate forward Matt Cullen off of injured reserve, making him available for the team’s upcoming road trip that begins Wednesday night in Edmonton.
Cullen skated on a regular forward line at Monday’s practice, setting him up for his first game action since suffering an upper-body injury Sept. 24 during a preseason game against Tampa Bay.
“We’re anxious to get Matt back in the lineup, as he is a veteran who can contribute in a number of situations,” General Manager David Poile said.
To make room for Cullen’s addition to the roster, the club has placed forward Rich Clune on waivers, with the intention of assigning him to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.
“Rich is a character guy in our locker room,” Poile said. “We are hopeful that Rich will clear waivers and be available for recall in the future.”
The Predators have also assigned forward Viktor Stalberg to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment. Stalberg suffered a lower-body injury during training camp, missing the entire preseason schedule and first three games of the regular season. He has skated in five games this season.
“Viktor has had some unfortunate injury trouble during his last two training camps,” Poile said. “We want Viktor to have some time in Milwaukee to fine tune his game and we look forward to having him back in Nashville.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Patric Hornqvist is off to such a nice start playing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz in Pittsburgh that one almost forgets the player who went the other was as part of the draft day trade. Um, James Neal, anyone? How about a natural hat trick for Neal on Thursday night as his Nashville Predators topped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at a buzzing Bridgestone Arena? I wrote about the surprising Preds earlier on Wednesday and noted that most people are waiting for their bubble to burst. By handing the Blackhawks their first loss in regulation this season, the Predators -- the Predators! -- are the last remaining club in the entire NHL without a regulation loss. At 5-0-2, they are one of the great unexpected stories of the young season.
continue for Custance on Jonathan Quick and Strang on Pavel Datsyuk...
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