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Ducks Prepare For The Ultimate Underdog

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

But now the Ducks are up against the league’s consummate underdog, the Nashville Predators, who, each offseason, sing sadly about the winger/defenseman/goalie who got away.

Then the Predators play 82 games as if their bus is double-parked, spreading Cumberland River mud for 200 feet and barging back onto the saddle again.

They and the Ducks have been to the playoffs five of six years since the work stoppage, although Nashville hasn’t yet won a series.

The hockey intelligentsia is picking the Ducks to advance because that is what the numbers say.

Well, some of the numbers.

Nashvhille’s leading scorers are Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn, with 50. That’s points, not goals. Corey Perry himself has 50 of those. The top goal scorer for the Predators is Kostitsyn, with 23.


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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Ryan Suter kicks the puck into his own net, off the crossbar and in.

Preds end up beating the Ducks 5-4.

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  Tags: ryan+suter

Split the Standings: The First 41 vs. Games 42-Now

Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.

But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.

Have a look, after the jump:

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Video- Goal Or Not?

Forget, or can you, that Tomas Holmstrom happens to be involved in the call.

You tell me, goal or not?

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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Patric Hornqvist Elbow Hit Draws Review

Hornqvist delivered an elbow to Tyler Seguin and according to a tweet from Pierre LeBrun he has an interview with the NHL.

The hit starts at the 40 second mark.

added 12:47pm, Numerous reports state no suspension, but a $2500 fine.

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  Tags: patric+hornqvist

Trotz Knows Energy Guys Must Do Their Job

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Predators Coach Barry Trotz ripped the effort of his forwards after Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, saying he didn’t think he got enough from some of them.

“The guys who should be our workers and our energy guys didn’t give us much tonight,” Trotz said. “For me that was a big disappointment.”

continue for more on the Predators…

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Video- Rinne On Omark’s Latest Shootout Winner

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“He comes with a lot of speed and makes you back off, but I don’t think he did anything special,” said Rinne after the Predators’ record fell to 6-4 in shootouts. “He made a nice move, but I thought he fanned on the shot. He was trying to go upstairs and fanned on it and I was leaning a little bit.”


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  Tags: linus+omark, pekka+rinne

Afternoon Line

“I want to sign here. I love it in Nashville, I want to stay here, but it’s really not something we should be thinking about right now, we’re in a playoff race and it’s going to go down to the wire.”

-Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.  More from Josh Cooper of Predators Insider.

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  Tags: shea+weber

Evening Line Or The Puck Never Crossed The Line

“We were not able to see the puck over the goal line. The refs call on the ice was “no goal”, and we have to have conclusive evidence to overrule the “no goal” call. We wanted so long for a new camera angle that might show a different view. At the end of the review, there was still no conclusive evidence that the puck was completely over the goal line.”

-NHL VP of hockey operations Mike Murphy via Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers where you can read more on this no-goal call.

Also, from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ loss at the Nashville Predators on Sunday was notable for a few reasons. It was the home debut for Nashville product and fourth generation NHLer Blake Geoffrion(notes). It was the 16th straight trip to Nashville that resulted in a loss for Columbus.

It was also a one-goal game, 3-2, which makes this controversial “no goal” for Derek MacKenzie(notes) at 12:35 of the first period sting even more for Jackets fans:

continued and watch the video below…

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Let’s Kill Another Made-Up Rumor

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

J.P. Dumont of the Nashville Predators was a healthy scratch for the second time in three games Sunday, prompting rampant trade rumors in cyberspace that linked him to both the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

That was news to Preds GM David Poile.

“There’s no truth to any of it,” Poile told ESPN.com. “J.P. has a no-movement clause and I haven’t spoken to him about it.”

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  Tags: j.p.+dumont

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