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James Neal Fined For Diving/Embellishment

added 5:34pm, video of the Neal dive is below...

NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2014) – Nashville Predators forward James Neal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Revised for the 2014-15 season following offseason approval by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association, NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

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Pekka Rinne- The Perfect Goaltending Model

from Jamie McLennan of TSN,

It's no secret, when I've been asked if I had to build a goaltender, what would it look like, the simplest reply I can offer is: Pekka Rinne.

- 6'5"
- unreal flexibility
- elite lateral movement
- great puckhandling
- the Finnish relaxed but intense mental makeup
- durability (can play 70 games in a season)
- structure, but worries about stopping the puck by any means necessary
- elite rebound control because he catches pucks - and this is why I believe Pekka and most Finnish goalies work to give themselves the edge

There are a few reasons I am biased, one being I had the great fortune of playing with one of the most talented goaltenders I've ever come across in Miikka Kiprusoff. Second, I had the opportunity to go to Finland three summers in a row and work with some of their goaltenders and the coaches involved in their development, and watch firsthand the philosophy and thought process behind what they believe to be important in the mechanics of goaltending.

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PETA To The Nashville Predators, Please Stop Throwing Catfish On The Ice

from Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean,

PETA wants Predators fans to stop throwing catfish onto the ice after goals.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Predators on Wednesday and offered to ship 1,000 plastic fish in exchange for prohibiting the practice.

While the practice of throwing a catfish is not a routine after every goal at Predators at Bridgestone Arena, a catfish was thrown out after Ryan Ellis' goal during the second period in Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles.

The tradition goes back more than a decade as a Music City response to Detroit's octopus.

 

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Pekka Rinne Is On His Game Again

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

He was supposed to be back a year ago, back from hip surgery, back to his old self. But then came an infection, another surgery, another rehab and the worst season of his NHL career. And then came something else, something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist with a seven-year, $49 million contract.

Doubt.

“You come back, and in your own head, you think you’re going to be the same player that you’ve always been and you’re going to start where you left,” Pekka Rinne said. “When it doesn’t happen, it’s mentally pretty demanding.”

Rinne is finally back now, for real. Among the reasons the Nashville Predators are off to one of the best starts in their history – new coach, new players, new up-tempo style, hot rookie, better 5-on-5 play – it’s important that they have a healthy, happy, elite goalie again. He entered Tuesday night tied for the lead in wins (13), second in goals-against average (1.92) and third in save percentage (.930).

“He’s invaluable,” said Predators captain Shea Weber. “You see when he’s in the lineup how good we are.”

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The Nashville Predators Continue To Develop Their Game

from Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean.

Shots. Goals. Wins. Losses.

Those are just byproducts of what is simply known as 'the process' for Peter Laviolette's Nashville Predators.

"I think when you're in the regular season, you want to continually develop your game and work at it so you're game is good," he said. "Ultimately, I think that leads to wins."

It's hard to argue with the results with the Predators 13-5-2 record heading into Tuesday's game against Los Angeles - good for second in the Western Conference standings. The record through 20 games tied the 2006-07 team for the second-best start in team history.

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Filip Forsberg Better Than Expected

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.

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Ouch Toronto

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.

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Video- Feature On Peter Forsberg

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet with the story.

 

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Anton Volchenkov Suspended Four Games For Illegal Check To The Head

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.

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NHL Player Safety Will Be Talking To Anton Volchenkov Later Today

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...

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