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Preds Bounce Back - Right Into The Playoffs

from the Tennessean,

Who would’ve thought it? This team was given up for dead as recently as two weeks ago. But by going 5-0-1 down the stretch and getting a little help along the way, Nashville completed an unlikely run to the postseason.

“We’re not quitters,” said J.P. Dumont, who scored the tying goal late in the second period and assisted on Greg De Vries’ game-winner barely four minutes into the third period.

“All year, everybody has told us we’re not going to make it. They were saying, ‘See you next year.’ … We never stopped believing in ourselves.”

That is the cornerstone of this team — resilience. The Preds may be short on star power but they are long on heart.

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Two Wins And They’re In

from the Tennessean,

Wins tonight and Friday mean the Predators, to the surprise of many, would advance to the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Nashville can also advance without two wins but would have to rely on outside help.


“It’s a great story,’’ said ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose, who picked the Predators to finish 11th in the Western Conference this season. “It’s a tribute to the organization that they were able to overcome the losses of those players. They certainly could have folded. They had excuses. They could have said, ‘We don’t have a chance,’ and ‘Poor, poor us.’

“But they continued to battle and continued to battle. Now their playoff destiny is in their own hands.’‘

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Preds Getting Some Breaks

from Chilling Out at the Tennessean,

After watching the events of Tuesday night unfold, I’m starting to believe the hockey gods are smiling favorably upon the Predators down the stretch.

How often, after all, do the Predators rally to victory from a three-goal deficit on the same night Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks blow a two-goal lead at home?

That’s not to say the Predators’ win was lucky. Not at all. They wore down St. Louis with a relentless effort that produced one of the most memorable comebacks in franchise history.

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The Other Music City Miracle

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The Predators had all the look of a Dead Franchise Walking, after a fire sale of several of its top players and a stormy ownership change in which a Canadian billionaire tried in vain to hijack the team to Hamilton.

One month and just four victories into the season, you could hear the “I told you so’s” from Tennessee to Timbuktu.

“Everybody had written us off,” Trotz, reached in St. Louis, was saying yesterday.

If they can pull it off in their last two games, the NHL’s coach of the year might just be a born-and-bred Manitoban who penned hockey’s version of the Music City Miracle.

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Two Sets Of Rules For Trotz

from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,

Barry Trotz employs a double-standard when it comes to his players.

It’s not exactly clear whether it has to do with a one’s draft position, his nationality or his unique physical abilities. It’s perfectly clear, though, that the Nashville Predators’ coach operates with a set of rules that are anything but uniform for those who wear the Predators’ uniform.

All of this came to light today when Trotz said he spoke to Jordin Tootoo about Tootoo’s antics following fights. Apparently Tootoo upset the Columbus Blue Jackets and their coach Ken Hitchcock when — not once, but twice — he raised his hands in celebration after he got the best of a Blue Jackets’ player in a fight.

Well, boo hoo.

continued & I am still shaking my head.

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The Nashville Clown

from Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets had lots to say about Nashville winger Jordin Tootoo, who took a run at defenseman Rostislav Klesla and had two fights in the third period, one with Jan Hejda and another with Jason Chimera….

Hitchcock had lots to say about Tootoo after the game. He even took a swipe at his good friend Barry Trotz, coach of the Predators. Here’s what he said: “That’s embarrassing. (Tootoo) is too good a player to do that stuff. I find it really embarrassing, but the (Predators) must allow it, so what the heck. I just don’t like the clown shows.”

Trotz, when asked about Tootoo taking a shift with 45 seconds left, said: “It wasn’t to send a message or anything. It was just to get him some ice time.” Apparently, this was delivered with a straight face.

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The Nashville Equation

from the Tennessean,

But here was Trotz, speaking with authority about the Predators’ playoff possibilities.

“We found out what the absolute mathematic probability of getting in is, based on the equations of all the teams playing each other,” Professor Trotz said after the Preds’ 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago. “It’s a lot higher than a lot of people thought.”

What gives? I guess when you’re coaching a team that entered the day with five losses in its previous six games, you’ll latch on to any sign of hope, even if it’s a bunch of statistical mumbo-jumbo authored by some schmuck in Saskatoon with a six-pack of Molson and a Ouija board.

Turns out, however, that the data is courtesy of Ken Roberts, who writes software for Interface Technologies in Raleigh, N.C.

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Predators About Where They Should Be

from Chilling Out at the Tennessean,

But before anyone burns down the arena, runs the coaching staff out of town or demands a new general manager, it would be wise to remember the big picture. After what went on last summer, this team is probably exactly where it should be: a borderline playoff team, still alive with a couple weeks remaining.

Seriously, how many teams could survive the departure of Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell and Tomas Vokoun, and still remain in contention for the poststeason well into March? The Predators didn’t have much of a choice when it came to losing those players, either, not with the budget slashing that went on during the former ownership.

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Morning Line

via the Tennessean,

“We’re in a playoff hunt right now,’’ Trotz said. “We need good goaltending. It’s so disheartening on the bench when we let bad goals happen.’‘

“We’re up 1-0 to start the second period and I think we’re feeling pretty good,’’ Trotz said. “We come out of the locker room with confidence and then a feeble wrist shot from the blueline goes in. We need that save.’‘

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New Lease On The Horizon For Predators

from the AP via Yahoo,

The new owners of the Nashville Predators are close to final approval on a revised lease agreement for their arena that has Nashville taxpayers helping subsidize the team.

The Metro Sports Authority approved the new lease by a vote of 7-1 Tuesday, and the Metro Council is expected to vote on the lease April 1 with only a simple majority needed for approval.

The agreement has Nashville paying the team $3.8 million each year, even when the Predators don’t lose that much money. If the Sommet Center’s losses are less than $3.8 million, the other money could be spent on the arena itself.

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