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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
... Nobody could say they saw this coming in Nashville. For 15 years the Predators were the little team that could and in one short season they’ve transformed themselves into Brock Lesnar. They sit first overall in the NHL. They have the all-star coach in Peter Laviolette. They have a Hart and Vezina candidate in Pekka Rinne. They have the Calder favourite in franchise-changing forward Filip Forsberg. And that still only tells part of their story.
Through the first half of the schedule they’ve emerged as a legitimate power, and if there are doubts about the sustainability of their success they can live with those questions. After doing more with less for so many seasons, they’ve discovered the joys of doing more with more in 2014-15 and, in so doing, they’ve changed the entire perception of the franchise.
“Really, our goal was to make the playoffs,” said Poile, who’s been the Predators’ GM every one of their 16 seasons. “I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but when you haven’t made the playoffs for two seasons, it’s pretty significant.
“I just think the timing was good. We wanted to play a different style and that started with the coach (Laviolette).”
As to where it ends, stay tuned.
NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2015) -- Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings will serve as head coaches for the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Columbus, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in the NHL through games of Saturday, Jan. 10 -- the halfway point of the regular season -- earns the right to lead one of the All-Star teams.
The Nashville Predators had a fairly comfortable lead over the Los Angeles Kings with a little over two minutes to go in the 3rd period.
17:59 Los Angeles Dwight King (7) ASST: Jake Muzzin (15), Anze Kopitar (20) 6-4
18:56 Los Angeles Alec Martinez (5) ASST: Drew Doughty (20), Jeff Carter (19) 6-5
19:26 Los Angeles Jeff Carter (11) ASST: Anze Kopitar (21), Alec Martinez (11) 6-6
Bet the comeback ended there when Roman Josi scored for the Predators early in OT.
via an Edmonton Oilers press release,
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have acquired centre Derek Roy from the Nashville Predators, in exchange for centre Mark Arcobello.
Roy, 31, has appeared in 26 games for the Predators this season, posting 10 points (1G, 9A) and two penalty minutes.
The native of Ottawa, Ontario, has spent time with the Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators through 11 NHL seasons, accumulating 502 points (178G, 324A) and 369 penalty minutes in 692 career NHL games
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Sandwiched between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues in the Central Division standings is a Nashville Predators team that keeps hanging with the Western Conference powers that we like as potential Stanley Cup contenders.
Does that make the Predators Cup contenders? Not yet.
We'd take goalie Pekka Rinne in a seven-game series against nearly any other goalie in the league, but scoring depth at forward remains a question, especially compared to Chicago and St. Louis. That's why Monday night's win over the Blue Jackets was impressive.
Nashville got two goals from Craig Smith and a goal apiece from Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson. There needs to be production up front from forwards besides Mike Ribeiro, James Neal and Filip Forsberg, and for one night, the Predators got it. That's a good sign.
read on for Burnside on the Flames, LeBrun on the Ducks and Strang on the Coyotes...
from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.
After missing six weeks of action due to a knee injury, Stalberg is prepared to return to action. With the NHL roster freeze going into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. CT and lasting until 12:01 a.m. CT on Dec. 28, and the team being at the 23-player roster maximum, the move was necessary before the team heads out for its final three games before the holiday break.
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:
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
“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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