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via the Nashville Predators,
Predators’ television broadcaster Pete Weber underwent a successful heart procedure this morning in a St. Paul, Minn. hospital. He is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital recovering for the next couple days before returning to Nashville. He will miss tonight’s (at Minnesota) and Saturday’s (vs. Anaheim) Predators’ games.
Willy Daunic will work with Terry Crisp on the Fox Sports Tennessee telecasts tonight and Saturday while Milwaukee Admirals’ play-by-play broadcaster Aaron Sims will join Stu Grimson on the radio call tonight on 102.5 The Game.
The Predators and Predators’ fans wish Pete a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to play-by-play duties when fully recovered.
added 1:32pm, More from Russo...
Trotz said Poile was hit by a rocket while standing in tunnel. Says he thinks he'll be ok. Hit above eye, so thinks vision will be ok
added 2:32pm, Nashville release below...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The Predators traded forward Matt Henrdicks to Edmonton to bolster their goaltending situation on Jan. 15, but were underwhelmed by the condition of their new acquisition’s game.
“We got Devan from Edmonton, and what we realized very quickly was that Devan has a lot of… I’ll say bad habits he’s picked up this year,” Predators coach Barry Trotz told Nashville radio station 94.9 Game2 on Wednesday. “We started him at home, and you could really see he was out of sync in his game, so we wanted to spend some time with him working with [goaltending coach] Mitch Korn, just being able to get his game in order.”
from Nick Cole of the Tennessean,
(Kevin) Klein laid the wood to Roussel late in the second period of Nashville’s 4-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena, drawing praise from teammates and coaches alike.
“It was just a great scrap,” Predators forward Eric Nystrom said. “I’ve been in a few of those, and the bottom line is that that is what takes the most courage in the whole sport. Dropping the gloves and engaging like that for your teammates. … The guys responded really well from that.”
The energy the fight infused into the Predators was apparent, as they aggressively finished the second period and were rewarded with a Roman Josi goal with 31 seconds remaining to push their lead to 3-1.
“Klein doesn’t fight very often,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “I’ve been here his whole career, and when he does fight, I can’t remember him losing one. I hope that is played on ‘NHL Tonight’ and all those other places so people can take notes.”
read on for more on the game and below, watch the scrap between Klein and Roussel...
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herlad,
“Seth Jones is going to be Seth Jones,” Trotz, ever pleasant, said Tuesday morning. “When all is said and done, he’s probably going to put on another 30 pounds. So he’s going to be a six-five, 235, really strong-skating defenceman who could be a difference-maker every night.
“That would be my comparable to whoever you can come up with.”
Shea Weber didn’t bite on the name-game either.
“I’m not sure,” the Preds captain said with a shrug. “But he’s something special. Mobility, that’s his biggest asset. And, for a 19-year-old, the poise he has with the puck. You don’t see a lot of guys, especially defencemen, have the patience and control to make those plays in tight areas — and do it with confidence.”
But Jones, like any teenager tiptoeing into the NHL, has had his moments.
According to the kid himself, the first 20 games had been solid. Then? A somewhat troublesome stretch.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
So has anything changed in the last 24 hours? Not in the slightest. I saw Rinne walking around the locker room without crutches two days ago. His being allowed to start more strenuous rehab activities, as the Predators revealed Friday on their website, is a good sign but not a game-changer.
While Rinne’s injury has indeed torpedoed the season — the Predators are a mediocre 19-20-6 going into today’s game against Ottawa at Bridgestone Arena — you have to wonder how his absence has been handled.
The Predators are a team built on defense and goaltending. In many ways, they are built almost solely on two players — defenseman Shea Weber and Rinne. If one goes down, there’s not much backup to keep the team afloat.
The Predators have harped that there is no timetable for Rinne’s recovery from this injury, but they still decided to go with the unproven goaltending tandem of Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
“We’ve played 44 games,” he said. “I go back to the Buffalo blown call in overtime, I go back to the blown call in Winnipeg, I go to one in Minnesota and I go to the one tonight. That’s one in every 11 games.
“I understand mistakes because I make a lot of them behind the bench,” he continued. “But when you get an explanation from a group of people and it didn’t happen, it’s disappointing. It really is disappointing.
“There’s also protocol to follow in our league and that protocol is you get together and you discuss it and that didn’t happen either. Obviously I’m not very happy with it.”
more and watch the goal below...
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Hutton, making his first start since Dec. 27, stopped 23 of 25 shots on goal. But it was how the Hurricanes scored that bothered Trotz.
Semin’s goal 4:28 into the first period was banked off the back side of Hutton and into the net. It seemed Hutton had it cut off, but when asked whether the net was indeed sealed off, Trotz said, “It’s in the net, so no would be my answer.”
Said Hutton: “He made a quick play and ended up in the back of the net. I didn’t think there was any holes there, but he made a good play, and that’s one you don’t want to get scored on.”
Trotz said Skinner’s game-winning wrister “wasn’t much of a shot at all.”
Said Hutton: “I didn’t see it. (David Legwand) went in front of him, then he shot around him and it came through and just found a hole.”
Trotz said that Hutton’s performance was “not good enough for this league.” Hutton was signed in the offseason to be a backup goaltender. The Predators have been without starter Pekka Rinne since late October as he recovers from a hip infection.
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