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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
It seems illogical, but the Coyotes playoff odds have been boosted more when the team has been off the ice than on it.
Timely losses by the Dallas Stars during the pursuit of the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference have kept the Coyotes not only afloat but feeling in control of their fate.
But, as per usual, that optimism took a hit when the Coyotes actually played and now they will need some help to still be in the hunt come this weekend.
After a 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena to increase their losing streak to six games, the Coyotes remain in ninth with 87 points. That keeps them only two points shy of the Stars for eighth, but a win by Dallas today over the St. Louis Blues would eliminate the Coyotes and erase all meaning in Sunday's regular-season finale at home against the Stars.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
That Clune, an experienced fighter, took on an inexperienced player who has barely any track record with fisticuffs didn’t sit well with some of the Capitals even though they acknowledged Wey wasn’t ambushed into fighting.
“They had a little tangle before the fight and they were talking to each other a bit and Weysie seemed to be a willing combatant,” Troy Brouwer said. “But at the same point guys who are known to be fighters, they have to have enough respect to pick their spots to know when guys are able to fight fighters.”
Said Oates: “I’m surprised the guy would do that but they had contact, they kind of looked each other in the eye and Patrick also didn’t back down. Got to give him credit for that.”
more including Oates saying it appears Wey will be okay. No concussion test was given last night but he did not return to the game..
Watch the fight below...
Jones left the game near the end of the first period.
The Predators announced he is out with an upper-body injury.
from John Manasso of FoxSports Tennessee,
When Predators general manager David Poile traded the organization's longest-tenured player -- and leading scorer among its forwards -- at the NHL trade deadline a few weeks ago, he said he wanted the team's forward corps going forward to have a different look.
What did he mean by that?
"The quick translation is we have to score more goals," said Poile, whose team ranks 24th in the NHL in goals per game at 2.40 but who has one of the higher-scoring defense corps. "It's just been frustrating. The year is probably going to be remembered that (goalie) Pekka Rinne missed three-quarters of season (with a hip infection). If we would have had him, where would we have been? Where would we be in the standings? Where would our goals be?
"There's no question we need to score more goals. I like a lot of our forwards. I like a lot of what they do but right now the finish isn't there. That's something that can we change with this present group or do we need to change at least some of the group? Again, as I said at the Legwand trade -- Legwand was our leading scorer -- I'm not putting it on David Legwand, but it's not working. We have to have some changes."
Featuring Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz.
via Jimi Russell at the Nashville Predators site,
After missing 51 games due to an infection in his surgically repaired hip, goaltender Pekka Rinne will start for Nashville on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rinne recently completed a two-game conditioning stint with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals (Feb. 28-March 3). The Kempele, Finland won both outings, turning away 33-of-35 shots against to post a .99 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
In his last five NHL games prior to his injury, Rinne was 3-1-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage – turning away 120-of-128 shots in those contests. The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist is just five wins shy of surpassing Tomas Vokoun's mark in all-time wins (157; Vokoun, 161), and has been among the League’s elite since becoming a full-time starter in 2008-09, ranking first in shutouts and among the Top 10 in wins, save percentage and goals-against average prior to his injury.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
I know Weber’s the face of the Predators, but I also know if the future Hall of Famer Pronger can be traded, so can Weber.
I also know Oilers president of hockey ops Kevin Lowe LOVES Weber. Weber is in his prime, he’s 235 pounds, only Zdeno Chara shoots the puck as hard, and Z stands in front of the net on the Boston powerplay now.
So Weber, who probably has at least seven more years as an elite defenceman, currently pounds it better than anybody else.
If you were the Oilers and Weber was in play, what would you be willing to give up?
Would you consider trading Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Weber? I can’t fathom the Predators not asking for either Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall, who might get 80 points this season, in any package for Weber.
Would that be a non-starter for the Oilers or is Weber, in his prime, too good to pass up, no matter the cost?
from Josh Coopler of the Tennessean,
Predators general manager David Poile said Thursday he currently has no sight in his right eye, the result of injuries suffered when he was struck by an errant puck earlier this month.
Poile, 64, spoke to reporters for the first time since the incident, which occurred at the team’s morning skate on Feb. 6 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. He has since undergone three operations on his eye, nose and face, two in St. Paul and one in Nashville at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
“I fractured my nose in three different places, the orbital bone was broken above and below the eye, they have taken the stitches out and done a fabulous job there,” Poile said during a brief press conference at Bridgestone Arena. “The downside at this point is the right eye, I have no sight in my right eye. The doctors are still holding hope that some sight will come back there, but at the moment, that’s where we are.”
continued with video of Poile talking with the media..
Below, watch Poile as he discusses the Predators, Team USA and his health...
via Kevin Wilson of the Nashville Predators,
The Nashville Predators issued the following medical update on General Manager David Poile, who was struck by an errant puck during the Predators morning skate at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 6. He originally underwent two surgeries in Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., that afternoon before returning to his Nashville home on Feb. 9.
David underwent an eye-related procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 14, designed to allow for further evaluation of his injury. He originally suffered a fractured orbital bone and fractures in his nose. He is wearing and will continue to wear a patch over his injured eye while remaining under observation as the medical team continues to assess his recovery.
via the Nashville Predators,
Predators’ General Manager David Poile returned to Nashville on Sunday and is recovering from injuries sustained when struck by a puck last Thursday morning during the team’s morning practice at the Xcel Energy Center.
Due to the injury and recovery, Poile, who is also General Manager of Team USA, will not travel to Sochi for the 2014 Olympics. He issued the following statement today:
“I first want to thank everyone who has reached out to me since suffering this injury. The outpouring of support and comfort has been overwhelming. My priority is to adhere to the advice and counsel of the medical team and, as a result, I will not be traveling to Sochi to be with Team USA during the Winter Olympics. Serving as GM of the U.S. Olympic Team has been the opportunity of a lifetime and I am forever grateful to USA Hockey. However, it is not possible for me to travel at this time, but I will remain in contact with Ray Shero, Brian Burke, Jim Johansson and our coaching staff during the Games. Team USA is in great hands and I will be there in spirit. I wish all the best for our players, coaches and entire group as they begin play in the 2014 Olympics and go for the gold.”
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