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The Nashville Predators Advance To The Western Conference Final

First conference final for the Predators and they will face either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers.

Final score was 3-1 and here is the game winner from Ryan Johansen.

 

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Jarnkrok is starting to show why he is a talented player. More speed and determination than I expected. This is definitely one that KH let get away. A victim of the overripe process, it seems.

Posted by NewfieWing on 05/07/17 at 08:27 PM ET

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Yeah that empty netter was highlight reel material.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/07/17 at 08:48 PM ET

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Yeah that empty netter was highlight reel material.

Yeah, because that was his only shift and therefore the only possible way to judge his game.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/07/17 at 09:31 PM ET

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It was a joke. Relax.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/07/17 at 10:44 PM ET

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It seems like Jarnkrok is an example of the flawed talent-evaluation and development process
in which Holland’s thinking is still backwards compared to most of his peers.

IIRC, Jarnkrok and/or his agent were apparently making some hints that he’d
rather return to Sweden that spend another year in Grand Rapids.
Perhaps he didn’t like his usage there, too…i don’t know.

Nashville had no problem promoting him that following season, and while
he is a high-impact player, he’s versatile and solid. David Poile re-signed him
without overpaying him, too.

But the main issue is that, at the time of the trade, we had never seen Jarnkrok
even get a brief audition. The organization was content to just keep sending the
same younger players down, again and again, as if it were the pre-cap days, or at least
Cup days when the Detroit roster was stacked.

And then, at least as explained in the press, our talent evaluators made the judgement
that they liked Pulkkinen better than Jarnkrok. Pulkkinen may get a chance on a
scoring line in Arizona, who knows. But his game doesn’t appear to translate to the NHL.

Maybe we’d have a better idea of what we have if we didn’t insist over overripening
and trading or losing players to waivers before they have a chance to get their feet wet
in the NHL game.

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/07/17 at 10:49 PM ET

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Maybe we’d have a better idea of what we have if we didn’t insist over overripening
and trading or losing players to waivers before they have a chance to get their feet wet
in the NHL game.

I can’t imagine that changing especially with the log jam of 4th liners. Nosek, Frk, Bert all deserve a good look but will be lucky to get much opportunity to take a spot from LGD and Co.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 05/08/17 at 12:47 AM ET

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Meant to say “though Jarnkrok is not a high-impact player, he is versatile and solid.”

Jensen of course is another example of a player who didn’t get into a single NHL
until this past season. Even with the shoulder injury, he was healthy for a long time
in GR and, I believe was only called up once, briefly, but never got in a game.

It now almost seems like an accident that the Wings discovered that Jensen’s
game translates well to the NHL. Of course Lashoff, a very good AHL veteran,
but a known and very limited quantity in the NHL, was called up a played several
games prior to Jensen.

Ouellet had a pretty limited chance to play until this past season, too.

Now, we all pretty much hope the Wings don’t lose Jensen or Ouellet
to LV. Meanwhile, it’s still possible to force LV to take a bad contract,
and/or to possibly trade Dekeyser. We could even protect Nosek and
expose Abdelkader, Helm, and try to trade Sheahan. Not likely,
and maybe we should have taken the highest offer for Sheahan at the trade
deadline, but it is possible to keep the cheaper, younger players who
have some upside.

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/08/17 at 01:07 AM ET

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The one thing the Wings lack is an undersized top 9 forward capable of scoring 30ish points a year that has produced 1 career playoff goal (en) in 29gp. I get that it’s tough to see prospects leave for nothing on waivers or in trades for minimal return.  However, I can’t think of any that have left the Wings and gone on the to anything special.

Posted by Steve1306 on 05/08/17 at 08:13 AM ET

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Would have been nice to come here to talk about how good Nashville is playing, how they’re going to be the team to beat, and how Rinne is playing out of his mind.

With 8 comments already, surely we would be talking about Nashville and in some decent depth.

But no. More complaining and repetitive writing about Detroit.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 08:49 AM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 08:49 AM ET

May Datsyuk bless you.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/08/17 at 08:53 AM ET

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It was hard to root for Nashville but them beating the Blues was bittersweet.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/08/17 at 08:58 AM ET

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It seems like Jarnkrok is an example of the flawed talent-evaluation and development process
in which Holland’s thinking is still backwards compared to most of his peers.

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/07/17 at 10:49 PM ET

Its seems like Jarnkrok is a 3rd liner to me, which of course is nothing to sneeze at, millions of hockey players dream of being on an NHL roster, but this is not the big one that “got away” from the Wings, matter of fact, he’s not that big at all, he’s just one of many 3rd liners this organization has/had.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 05/08/17 at 09:18 AM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 08:49 AM ET

If you wanted to talk about how good Nashville is playing and how you think they’re going to be the team to beat, you could’ve easily done that yourself.

But no. More complaining about how people on a predominantly Red Wings-centric blog are talking about the Red Wings more than a team they’ve never given a single f*ck about before.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/08/17 at 09:19 AM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 08:49 AM ET

Hahaha… sad but true, watching the Preds this postseason has been the only hockey I’ve really enjoyed this year. Their young forwards are responsible, all the while pushing the pace of play and not falling into a shell. Their D plays hyperactive even though it can be risky—the athleticism of Josi and Subban allows them to push up a lot harder and still get back to cover.

I think Poile is the best GM of the last 20 years. I think he and his team, along with the energy of the Nashville fans, have shown what it takes to make hockey successful in “non-traditional” markets. PK is one of my favorite players to watch, and is one of the off-ice personalities that actually has the charisma to make the game better (he’s a great interview and a community-focused person).

I’d love to see them win the Cup.

An Edmonton/Nashville WCF would be the type of hockey that the game needs—lots of guys that want to skate fast and whip the puck around the ice from tape to tape, along with one of the better goalies in the game to boot. Nashville would have a challenge matching up if Draisaitl stays at center, and Edmonton would have to contend with the Preds’ skilled D.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/08/17 at 09:27 AM ET

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I think Poile is the best GM of the last 20 years.
Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/08/17 at 09:27 AM ET

If he can finish the job, I would agree with that, HE drafted and built this roster, vs. others like a Stan Bowman and some guy down west florida as an example, who inherited an allstar roster. Obviously he won the PK trade, and he certainly has an eye for top notch dman in the draft, albeit someone handicapped by failure and high picks, he’s has drafted franchise blueliners in later rounds.

Sutter 1st Round (7th)
Weber 2nd Round
Cody Franson 3rd Round
Roman Josi 2nd Round
Ryan Ellis 1st Round (11th)
Mattias Ekholm 4th Round
Seth Jones 1st Round (4th)

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 05/08/17 at 10:10 AM ET

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But no. More complaining about how people on a predominantly Red Wings-centric blog are talking about the Red Wings more than a team they’ve never given a single f*ck about before.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/08/17 at 09:19 AM ET

c’mon, g
no need for that

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/08/17 at 10:43 AM ET

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Jarnkrok is a good player. One I wish hadn’t gotten away but I completely understood the situation. If he was still in Detroit he’d still be fighting with others to stay on the roster. He has decent energy, can play up and down the lineup and provides some offense. But let’s not kid ourselves, he’s not a big difference maker.

Nashville is winning by playing very good team hockey. Their defense and goaltending is very solid. Unlike the Wings they can make quick decisions in the defensive zone, make crisp passes and the D contributes on the scoring sheet. There are very adept at converting on the opportunities presented to them. They have a lot of depth on the roster allowing them to play different styles (Blackhawks vs Blues). As more time goes by I have more and more respect for Laviolette. This is the best Nashville team in their existence.

Nashville can win the next round. Playing the Ducks would be like playing the Blues but with goaltending that does match up with Allen. Playing Edmonton would be like playing Chicago but with less experience and a little more speed. They match up pretty well with the teams in the East too.

BTW, Nashville is about to lose a quality player in the expansion draft. They do have 4 (if not 6 defensemen) better than any on the Wings roster. They might be a nice trade target for a D upgrade.

Posted by evileye on 05/08/17 at 12:34 PM ET

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I know DRW are on the mix for that big Swedish forward, but with how well.the Preds are doing and the amount of Swedes on they’re doing they have to be a frontrunner for him.

I would like to see NSH in the finals. They’re playing a great team.game and Rinne has been solid.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 05/08/17 at 01:58 PM ET

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Nashville is winning by playing very good team hockey. Their defense and goaltending is very solid. Unlike the Wings they can make quick decisions in the defensive zone, make crisp passes and the D contributes on the scoring sheet. There are very adept at converting on the opportunities presented to them.


It is enjoyable watching Nashville move the puck and make plays. It would be great if they could win their first Cup. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 05/08/17 at 07:50 PM ET

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