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Evening Line

“but we have no reason to lose this (expletive) game. No business. They wanted it more, they won the battles. We’re lucky even to be in the game. Very disappointed.”

-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks after losing to the Nashville Predators.  More from John Manasso at NHL.com.

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Video- Foot Stomp Or Not?

Bobby Ryan on Jonathan Blum tonight.

Some people are asking for the NHL to review the play.  In my opinion, Ryan was attempting to get him to move the puck and I don’t think it was an attempt to injure.

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Nashville’s Goaltending Wins Game 1

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

The Ducks tried to sell themselves on the idea.

“Goalies are goalies,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “The best thing we can do is throw rubber at him.”

Their coach all but aided and abetted in those thoughts.

“It’s a four-by-six net you have to cover,” Randy Carlyle said. “You’re not going to do that entirely unless you’re a sumo wrestler dressed in hockey gear.”

Well, goalies aren’t just goalies and, when the rubber hit the Stanley Cup playoff road, the Nashville Predators did seem to have a sumo wrestler in net.

continued

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Predators Ready For The Next Round

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In five previous tries, however, they have yet to get out of the first round.

If the Predators can break through this year, Trotz figures it will have “a major effect going forward – just from the standpoint of, okay, we’ve done it, we’ve taken it to the next level.”

Seems like a long time ago that BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie was angling to bring the Preds to Southern Ontario.

“I think the organization’s grown and become a part of the city of Nashville,” Trotz continued. “People love this team. They love what we do. I think we’ve solidified ourselves. We’ve done a great job in marketing. We’ve actually packed them in pretty good this year. So I think we’re here long-term, staying, and all that. We’re Nashville’s team.”

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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.

more

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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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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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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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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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