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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Back to the season opener -- which happened to coincide with Seth's 19th birthday -- when Amy found a fridge magnet shaped like a beer and presented it to Seth because he's not of legal age to drink.
"He didn't think that was very funny," Amy admitted and Seth offered merely another rueful shake of his head.
There is an easiness between mother and son, and while she admits to tearing up at emotional moments -- like discussing Seth's departure for Ann Arbor when he was just turning 16 -- she is quick to laugh as they discuss Seth's seeming inability recall any or many of the events in his past. There is good-natured debate at what age he was when certain things happened, which teams he played for, the order in which things have unfolded. Seth makes a point of noting that although some reports have had him doing figure skating before he started playing organized hockey, he learned from a skating instructor who was a figure skater, a subtle distinction perhaps but one about which Seth feels strongly.
"I did not figure skate," Seth said.
Regardless, he learned very quickly the nuances of the game and Amy recalled parents and coaches talking in awe about his skating ability when Seth was just six. Ask Nashville GM David Poile about how this has all unfolded, from the moment he realized at the draft they were going to get a chance at whom they had ranked as the top player available in the draft, to his play, to the fact his mother has moved to the area to be with Seth, and well, it could hardly have worked out better.
Rinne had an MRI today..
added 8:00pm, from the Nashville Predators,
Pekka saw Dr. Byrd today – he had an MRI and saw the doctor this afternoon,” Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile said. “The MRI has improved. It is always hard to know where we are in this situation because we’ve never dealt with it before. In a nutshell, the doctor is happy with the progress and he is recommending two more weeks of rehab. December 20th is our target date to get Pekka into more strenuous activity leading back into playing. From my position, I’m obviously encouraged, as is the doctor, because we are making progress. To be honest, there is never going to be a timetable that is going to be perfect for us until we see him back on the ice. But, this is all good news, and December 20th will be the date as we move forward.
“The problem with this situation is there really is no timeframe that we can be exact on. I’m hoping, from listening to the doctor today, that when we get to December 20th, we’ll be on the home stretch.”
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.
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