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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.
The refs called it a good goal and the situation room confimed the call.
The Predators announced he would not return to the game.
added 9:51pm, CBC video below, probably a little easier to see...
Carol of the Bells is the music the montage is set to tonight.
via the Nashville Predators,
As a follow-up to Pekka Rinne’s MRI earlier this month, we indicated Dec. 20 as a date for further update and next steps relative to Pekka’s recovery from a bacterial infection. It is important to note that Pekka and the medical team have not encountered any setbacks in his recovery and rehabilitation.
However, as we have realized and learned throughout this process, the recovery and rehabilitation from a bacterial infection does not involve a specific timetable. It does come with a degree of uncertainty.
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.
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