Kukla's Korner Hockey
The Nashville Predators say Shea Weber is day-to-day after taking a shot near his right eye last night.
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
The Jackets got skunked 4-0 by the Nashville Predators in front of a dispirited crowd of 11,893 in the Nationwide Arena tonight. The loss was preceded by a 6-0 victory in Toronto, which was preceded by a 6-2 loss in Vancouver, which was preceded by a 2-1 overtime victory in Calgary, which was preceded by a 7-0 loss in Edmonton, which was preceded by a 4-1 victory in Ottawa.
This latest loss, against Darth Vader, might be pegged to coming home, defenseman James Wisniewski said....
The Jackets are banged up, and they are young, and their inexperience is glaring right now. They are wildly inconsistent.
“It could be some of it is leadership,” or the lack of it, coach Todd Richards said.
“Youth, I think” he said. “Tough road trip. A lot of things go into it. It’s hard to put a finger on just one thing, and say ‘this is the reason why we’re inconsistent.”
via the Nashville Predators,
Pekka Rinne underwent a MRI earlier this week and he continues to progress in his recovery from a bacterial infection in his hip which was initially identified and addressed with arthroscopic hip surgery on October 24. There have been no setbacks – and we and the doctors are thankful they have identified the infection – so now it is simply a matter of time for recovery and allowing treatment to take its course. Pekka will remain on crutches and antibiotics for at least the next couple weeks before a follow-up MRI in late November. We expect a full and complete recovery and will provide additional updates when appropriate.
from Adam Gretz of SB Nation,
The average shift length for a player in the NHL is usually somewhere between 45 and 55 seconds, depending on the player and position.
Some may be a little longer (Mike Green, for example, is averaging 1:04 per shift this season), others a little shorter (Edmonton's Will Acton only plays 31 seconds per shift). The bottom line is, when you start getting up around a minute-and-a-half that's a long time to be on the ice.
Nashville's powerhouse duo of Shea Weber and Seth Jones took it to an entirely new level on Thursday night in Phoenix. According to the NHL's time-on-ice sheets, Weber and Jones were on the ice for three minutes and 24 seconds at the end of the second period. It's exhausting just typing that.
from Greg Progue of FoxSports Tennessee,
As the Nashville Predators embark on the longest road trip in franchise history, inquiring minds want to know …
How do you pack for a 17-day excursion for seven road games against Phoenix, Los Angeles, Colorado, Winnipeg, New Jersey, the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh in that order before returning home Nov. 16 to play Chicago?
That's four time zones, two countries and roughly 5,000 aeronautical miles.
"Two suits, two shirts, three ties and a bunch of socks and underwear and a pair of jeans," Predators veteran forward Mike Fisher said matter-of-factly about what he packed before heading out Wednesday on the longest road trip of a career that includes nearly 11 years with Ottawa and three-plus seasons as a Predator.
Predators head coach Barry Trotz said that he has been on longer trips while playing and coaching in the minor leagues, but none as the only coach the Predators have had since their inaugural 1998-99 season.
via the Tennessean, Barry Trotz discusses why Stalberg is sitting...
“We got the point and that’s a good thing but I don’t know what to say, it’s frustrating.
“Positive? We lost the game in overtime. I don’t take any positive. We needed points and that’s all that matters. If we’re going to tell ourselves, oh well, we played good in one period and we’re going to build on it. No. At the end of the day we needed two points.”
-Ondrej Pavelec, goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets after losing with 17 seconds left in OT last night. More on the game from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun.
Below, watch the OT winner from Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Anytime an NHL team trades away a fantastic player and person in the prime of his career, people will be upset. But the wisely managed teams have the courage to be bold because it makes sense for the best interests of the franchise.
It may hurt to acknowledge that’s where the Preds are at with Weber. But once you remove any emotional attachment you might have to seeing Weber in a Nashville uniform, you can see the prospect of trading the most famous Predator ever isn’t a bad thing at all. It sets the stage for better days.
Yesterday the Predators recalled Milwaukee goaltender Magnus Hellberg but no word on the health of Rinne.
Here is the no-goal by Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadians...
Perhaps the NHL should make decisions more clear by announcing the play was overruled on the ice before going to the Situation Room in Toronto. That way fans at the game plus the TV audience knows what is going on. In this instance, everyone felt it would be a goal since the video replay showed no concrete evidence otherwise, until of course the ref announced what was decided by the group of on-ice officials.
What did Michel Therrien have to say about the call? Watch the first 25 seconds of the video below...
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org