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Let’s Practice- On, Off, On, Off

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One game after Predators Coach Barry Trotz ripped into the organization’s clock operator, the NHL offered a little assistance.

Dave Baker, the NHL’s manager of officiating, flew into Nashville and worked with the clock operator before the game against New Jersey on Thursday.

Two days earlier during the win over San Jose, there had been a couple of late-game delays caused by the clock running after the whistle — and the ensuing time needed to reset the clock.

Trotz was upset that the delays allowed San Jose to rest its top players and put them back on the ice during a close game. On Thursday, Trotz sensed that practice paid off for the clock operator, who is new to the role this season.

“I was very happy with the way they got the clock going,’’ Trotz said. “They finally got it right. They did let the clock go one time, but it was fixed within seconds this time.’‘

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They Just Keep Hanging Around

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So when top center Jason Arnott misses six games or agitator Jordan Tootoo misses the opening month of the season, yeah, the Preds feel that. But they survived the opening month of the season, winning their last three games in October to get back to the .500 mark.

Somehow, the scrappy Preds are hanging in there.

“We’re actually hanging in there quite well,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz told ESPN.com this week. “We’ve learned to be really resilient. You can get it done, but it’s got to be a group effort.”

Having one of the best coaches in the game in Trotz helps, too; year after year, his staff squeezes juice out of a rock. And veteran GM David Poile has a keen eye for talent and maximizes the pennies afforded to him.

“Could we be a team that was top level if we added an extra $12 million to our payroll? Yeah, absolutely,” said Trotz. “We could add a brand new lineup front. But that’s not reality for us. We’ve got to do it by drafting and developing players, by finding the next Joel Ward or the next Dan Ellis or Chris Mason, those types of guys.”


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Predators Need Offense From Top Guys

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The line of Steve Sullivan, David Legwand and Martin Erat failed to produce a point in the game and combined for just three shots on goal against the Blackhawks.

Those three players have produced a total of just four points in 10 games, a major blow to the Preds considering what expectations are for the trio. Erat is making $5.25 million this season, Legwand $5 million and Sullivan $3.75 million.

“The bottom line is we need every single player in the locker room to step it up,’’ Preds goalie Dan Ellis said. “This has to be a team effort because we don’t have one superstar.

“Our best player is Shea Weber and he’s 60 feet away from the net most times, so you can’t expect him to lead the offensive threat. We need the guys that are getting paid to do it to do it.’‘

read on

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Can A Ref Be Blamed For A Turnover?

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

With the scored tied 2-2 just before the midway point of the third period, Predators defenseman Shea Weber was competing for a puck in his own end when he found himself face-to-face with referee Dennis LaRue.

Weber bowled over LaRue, but never could get to the puck, which wound up behind the Nashville net. Boston’s Daniel Paille shoveled a quick centering pass to Steve Begin, who knocked home the game-winner from the slot.

“He had nowhere to go and I had nowhere to go,’’ Weber said of LaRue. “It was a tough situation.’‘


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Predators Need To Bust Their Slump

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Here’s the biggest challenge for the Predators as they try to right a foundering ship five games into the season: What exactly do they build on, after Wednesday’s 6-0 pummeling by the Dallas Stars?

• It’s certainly not their offense, as the Predators have scored just seven goals — one via shootout — through the first five games.

• It’s not defense and goaltending, not after surrendering a combined 12 goals in the past two games.

• And it’s certainly not special teams, not with a power play that’s scored once in five games and a penalty kill that’s allowed six goals during that same stretch.


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A New Groin Strain Treatment

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators prospect Colin Wilson appears close to making his NHL debut, thanks in part to a relatively new sports medical procedure.

Wilson suffered a strained groin early in training camp but underwent a blood platelet treatment a couple of weeks ago that has apparently helped the healing process.

Coach Barry Trotz didn’t specify the name of the treatment, but the process he described — in which platelets were removed from the injured area, mixed and then returned to the body — sounds identical to platelet-rich plasma.

In PRP, which has only been used in the sports field in recent years, a small sampling of the patient’s blood is placed into a centrifuge that rotates at high speed.


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It Is Important The Predators Make The Playoffs

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Over the past five years, only four National Hockey League teams have made more playoff appearances than the Nashville Predators.

But after failing to reach the postseason last year, those numbers shouldn’t necessarily make the franchise feel comfortable.

Some sports business experts believe it’s even more important to produce a consistent winner in nontraditional hockey markets such as Nashville than in places where the sport has deeper roots, where fans are more likely to keep their hearts and wallets open to the team, even in less successful times.

Miss the playoffs for a year in a place like Music City, and you can probably repair the damage done to the fan base, ticket sales and sponsorships. Miss the playoffs on a regular basis, however, and there’s the risk of encountering the bane of all sports franchises: apathy.


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Stephane Robidas With A Big Hit On J P Dumont

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Radulov Had No Support In Nashville

from David Boclair of the Nashville News,

The best players in the world play in the NHL, and ones who can score the way Radulov can (particularly at such a young age) are prized commodities. They are the ones who drive the market, even these days when the league operates with a salary cap and an uncertain financial future.

Had Radulov stayed with the Predators through last season, he would have been a restricted free agent this past summer. One way or another, he was going to cash in. Either the Predators would have locked him up with a long-term deal, or another team would have signed him to an offer sheet that would have guaranteed him a hefty salary. And Nashville still would have had the right to match the contract.

Instead, he went home to Russia because he felt like an outsider in his own locker room. His teammates did not support him. His coach did not support him.


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Tootoo Needs To Change His Game

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

Jordin Tootoo has been a fan favorite since he made his debut with the Predators during the 2003-04 season.

But if he is to remain with Nashville, he will need to seriously step up his game, the team’s decision-makers said….

“I just want to see some improvement,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “He took a step back last year in terms of his overall play. I know he can step forward again. I was hoping last year he would take another step forward because the year before he took a step forward.”

Tootoo poses an interesting challenge for Trotz and General Manager David Poile. This is a contract year for Tootoo, who is scheduled to make $975,000 this season. It is a steep price for someone who plays on the third or fourth lines and doesn’t produce many points

read on

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