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Now it’s time to say goodbye…
As Paul noted, as of today On the Forecheck has moved, to join the Sports Blog Nation network of sites, as their representative covering the Nashville Predators. I hope to build a locally-focused hub there for Preds coverage that will also be part of a broader network, and I’m sure…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/25/09 | Comments 0

A pivotal Predators prospect: Colin Wilson
While Nashville Predators fans are focused on the chase for the playoffs and the question of whether or not the team will act as buyers or sellers at next week’s trading deadline, I thought it would be a good time to take a look into the Preds’ future, with a…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/25/09 | Comments 0

I like it, I love it…
Once Chicago took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period tonight in Nashville, Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk sounded confident of victory on the Chicago broadcast, especially given the Predators’ offensive woes of late.  But just when it seemed that Nashville’s slim playoff hopes were going to get snuffed out,…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/25/09 | Comments 0

Canadian hockey team on the road to Nashville
Besides having the Blackhawks, Coyotes and Red Wings coming to Nashville this week, a truly special hockey team is on the road to Music City, and they’re getting ready for a major showdown.  This from the Timmins Daily Press of Timmins, Ontario: The Northern Allied Steelers atom ‘A’ team of…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/24/09 | Comments 0

Two recreational hockey players die on same night, at same rink
As if I didn’t feel sore enough already after my beer-league game last night, this sobering news from San Jose (hat tip to AOL’s NHL FanHouse) got my attention. Two adult recreational players died Sunday night in separate incidents during their games at Sharks Ice. Brian Kobata, 38. and Kelly…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/24/09 | Comments 0

Calgary investor Brett Wilson to buy stake in the Nashville Predators
As was anticipated a few months ago, Canadian investor Brett Wilson appears to be close to finalizing the purchase of a “nominal” share in the Nashville Predators. This morning’s report in the Edmonton Sun (hat tip to the Nashville Post) indicates that a handshake agreement is in place, so final…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/24/09 | Comments 0

Preds enjoy a command performance
From this morning’s Tennessean, a pleasant treat for an NHL team fighting their way down the difficult road to the playoffs: Garth Brooks (remember him? Hat? Belt buckle? Sold more albums than Elvis or the Rolling Stones?) showed up at the Tin Roof in Brentwood Sunday afternoon, only to find…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/24/09 | Comments 0

To buy or not to buy? That is the question…
The NHL Trading Deadline is just over a week away, so here’s your Nashville Predators Question of the Week: Should David Poile starting buying, selling, or should he stand pat with his current roster? I’ll admit to being somewhat conflicted on this one, but let’s take each option one at…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/23/09 | Comments 0

You better not pout, you better not cry…
The Nashville Predators open up a 5-game homestand tomorrow night against Chicago that will serve as the pivotal section of this 2008-9 season. Not only will the Preds need their fans to be at their loudest and most energetic as they seek much-needed victories and a fifth consecutive playoff berth,…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/23/09 | Comments 0

Preds beat the Blues and remain in the hunt
The team that everyone loves to hate just refuses to go away quietly; showing the gritty determination that has been a hallmark of Barry Trotz’s teams over the years, the Nashville Predators earned a 1-0 victory in St. Louis tonight.  Despite a pair of back-to-back losses in the last couple…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/22/09 | Comments 0

Predators struggle with the Blues
Tonight’s one of the games for which I enjoyed press access with the Nashville Predators; a key Central Divison matchup as the Preds took on the St. Louis Blues.  Even Commissioner Bettman was in the house for this one, so let’s get right to the action…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/20/09 | Comments 0

The Commish Goes Honky-Tonkin’
Prior to tonight’s Blues/Predators game here in Nashville, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took questions from the local media, and your humble scribe got to sit in on the proceedings… David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper did a better job writing it up than I ever would, though, so check…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/20/09 | Comments 0

First, find the problem
Back-to-back losses while pursuing a playoff berth are enough to try the patience of most any hockey fan, and in Nashville, folks are calling for all sorts of solutions.  Whether it’s benching underperforming stars, sending goal-starved rookies back to Milwaukee, or paying whatever it takes to land a proven, top-six…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/19/09 | Comments 0

It’s the NHL Hour, live from Nashville
From the NHL: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in Nashville as part of his regular tour of League markets, will host today’s edition of NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on SIRIUS XM Radio live from the Music City. Members of the Nashville Predators organization scheduled to guest on today’s show…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/19/09 | Comments 0

To bench or not to bench, that is the question
Preds fans, as we try to put last night’s 6-2 train wreck in Detroit behind us and focus on St. Louis coming to town this evening, I thought I’d offer up your Nashville Predators Question of the Week: Should Barry Trotz bench one of the “top” forwards like Montreal’s Bob…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/19/09 | Comments 0

Get me the puck outta here
Having been a healthy scratch for most of this season, Nashville defenseman Ville Koistinen has had enough: Defenseman Ville Koistinen made his return to the Predators lineup Wednesday, but he’s not happy with his overall situation in Nashville. The blueliner, who’d been a healthy scratch for the previous eight games,…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/19/09 | Comments 0

Sullivan scores twice, rest of Preds don’t do much else
In a rather poetic twist on this morning’s Tennessean article (”Steve Sullivan skates, but not much else”), Sully provided pretty much the only highlights for Nashville in a 6-2 trouncing on the road in Detroit by scoring twice; these are his first official goals since coming back from his back…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/19/09 | Comments 0

Hump Day in Motown
Having given away a two-point opportunity against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday, the Nashville Predators return to action tonight in Detroit, ahead of a date tomorrow at home against St. Louis, and a road game against the Blues on Saturday (the Wings, meanwhile, are in the middle of a week on…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/18/09 | Comments 0

Sullivan’s return: boon or bane?
Nashville Predators fans often complain about the lack of quality local media coverage, but in this morning’s Tennessean Jessica Bliss does a fine job with a tough, but fair appraisal of Steve Sullivan’s contribution so far as the Preds attempt a run for the playoffs.  The piece is titled “Steve…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/18/09 | Comments 0

The Forechecker’s Fabulous Rumor Mill
A few days ago I noted the heroic efforts by the folks over at HockeyBuzzHogWash.com, as they attempt to keep a scorecard to determine just how worthwhile the supposedly “inside information” is that’s provided Eklund over at HockeyBuzz.  I titled that post “Even a broken clock is right twice a…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/17/09 | Comments 0

Find your fellow hockey Tweeps
I’ve written before about how hockey fans (and players) are taking up Twitter, the social networking/microblogging platform that hosts wide-ranging conversations made up of 140-character “tweets”.  But if you’re a newbie just getting started, how do you find other local fans to connect with? Twitter user Fred Faust (@thefredelement) has…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/17/09 | Comments 0

Give it away, give it away, give it away now…
In light of all the talk yesterday about Tampa Bay giving away reams of tickets (over 2,500 per game), I thought I’d do a little digging to see how the Nashville Predators are doing.  Since their lease at the Sommet Center and the NHL’s revenue sharing plan each have clauses…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/16/09 | Comments 0

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!
Can the Predators keep the good times rolling tonight as the Ottawa Senators come to town?  Since Cory Clouston stepped behind the bench to replace Craig Hartsburg, the Sens have gone 4-1-1, including 3 straight road victories as they pull into Nashville.  According to Bruce Garrioch at Slam! Sports, Alex…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/16/09 | Comments 0

Jedi Kings
What better way to start the work week than with this Star Wars inspired look at the L.A. Kings from Barry Melrose Rocks... Terry Murray: Only a precise shot will set off the goal light. The 5-hole is stick shielded so you’ll have to use wrist shots. (aside) Alexander Frolov:…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/16/09 | Comments 0

A tall task tonight for the Preds
If there was ever a time to face the best team in the Eastern Conference, it would appear to be tonight for the Nashville Predators; Mt. Chara and his Bruins are winless in their last three games, their power play hasn’t clicked lately, and they’ve got a few injuries that…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/14/09 | Comments 0

Even a broken clock is right twice a day
For those who wonder how often a shot in the dark actually hits a target, stop on by HockeyBuzzHogWash.com, a site which tracks the veracity of the notorious “anonymous hockey blogger”.  They’ve already been slapped with a takedown notice from the COO of HockeyBuzz for re-posting the “Daily Rumor Chart”,…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/13/09 | Comments 0

Steve Sullivan Scores!
Finally, in the 14th game of his sensational comeback from lingering back injuries, Steve Sullivan scores for the Nashville Predators.  While it won’t show up in the stats as a goal, it was the winner in a shootout victory over the St. Louis Blues that only came about due to…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/13/09 | Comments 0

Beating the Blahs
In the chase for the Western Conference playoffs, it’s not just about earning points for your own team, but knocking down the competition as well when you have the chance.  The Nashville Predators have an opportunity to deliver a critical blow to St. Louis’ faint playoff hopes, and lift themselves…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/12/09 | Comments 0

Opening a six-pack after a loss
In light of that disappointing 5-3 loss last night against Detroit, here is a six-pack of thoughts on the state of the Nashville Predators: 1. The Preds have typically been over-loaded with defensive (read: limited offensively, but hard-working) forwards, but Joel Ward is clearly separating himself as a two-way player…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/11/09 | Comments 0

Surveying the schedule
With the race to the playoffs so congested (particularly in the wild, wild, Western Conference), one area of focus is the remaining schedule for the various contenders.  Which teams have the toughest schedule, the most games left, etc.? Two fine articles dig into some of the details for you.  First,…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/10/09 | Comments 0

Be thankful, for a change
We hockey fans tend to be a cranky lot. If we’re not griping about the meddling coach, the underachieving star player, or the tight-fisted owner, we find endless reasons to complain about the game itself; whether it’s on the right TV network, or if the rules themselves need to be…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/10/09 | Comments 0

Dustin Brown defending his crown
It’s time once again to update those NHL Penalty Plus/Minus rankings, and marvel again at how Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown continues to lead the way; as I’ve noted before, Brown led the league last year in this measure as well, so this is hardly a fluke. You know…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/09/09 | Comments 0

A good start down a long road
Two short weeks ago, all seemed lost; an out-of-control spiral into the All-Star Break saw the Nashville Predators battered, beaten, and humiliated at times.  If you follow the projections over at Sports Club Stats, their chance of making the playoffs for the fifth straight season dipped as low as 13%…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/09/09 | Comments 0

A sneak peek at Jonathan Blum
Thanks to The Program for pointing this one out. Here’s a profile of defenseman Jonathan Blum, the Nashville Predators 1st-round pick in 2007, and a rarity among elite hockey players; a native-born Californian…  
Posted by Forechecker on 02/07/09 | Comments 0

Predators continue stalking the playoff pack
The Nashville Predators have done an admirable job reversing their 1-4 slide into the All-Star break with a 4-1 record since then, but there’s little time for rest or celebration as the team heads into Minnesota tonight and Dallas on Sunday. Last night’s victory over Anaheim was an impressive, whole-team…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/06/09 | Comments 0

Keep the momentum rolling
A nice post-All Star break start by the Predators (3-1) has Nashville back within hailing distance of playoff position, with a critical stretch coming up over the next four days; tonight vs. Anaheim, Friday at Minnesota, and Sunday at Dallas.  All three of those opponents are included in the cluster…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/05/09 | Comments 0

Top 25 Hockey Fights
Hawerchuk over at the Behind the Net Blog fulfills yet another service to the hockey-loving community: ...I was looking over hockeyfights.com (purportedly the 7th-most popular hockey site on the internet) and I noticed that there was no way to rank fights based on user rankings. I’m surprised - you’d think…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/05/09 | Comments 0

Not on Twitter yet? Here’s another reason
Just in case you haven’t jumped on board the Twitter bandwagon, a fresh incentive was put out there today by Michael DiLorenzo (@umassdilo), the NHL’s Director of Corporate Communciations: When u Tweet re: NHL Game of the Week on NBC (Sun., Penguins/Red Wings); use #NHLonNBC and u may win a…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/05/09 | Comments 0

Inside the numbers: those dismal Thrashers
Over at The Iceman Bloggeth, Bill Tiller breaks down the performance of all NHL teams over the course of the Atlanta Thrashers nearly 10-year existence.  He includes a simple, straightforward criticism of Atlanta management that speaks volumes about whether Thrashers fans should hold optimism about the short-term future: So, can…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/05/09 | Comments 0

Dierks Bentley; music star by day, hockey player by night
The Predators website brings us a profile of country music star Dierks Bentley, who isn’t just a Nashville Predators fan, but he plays the game as well: A visit to the Iceholes’ Web site will show a number of things—Bentley plays left wing, was acquired in the fall of 2007,…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/05/09 | Comments 0

Who is the greatest playoff goalie?
Over at Brodeur is a Fraud, the Contrarian Goaltender digs into the question of who, relative to the era in which they played, has been the greatest playoff goaltender over the last 40 years (the period for which the data he’s using was available). Some familiar names are near the…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/04/09 | Comments 0

Predators recall Hornqvist
From the Nashville Predators: Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Patric Hornqvist from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. To make room on the roster for Hornqvist, defenseman Alexander Sulzer was placed on the injured reserve list.…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/03/09 | Comments 0

The grass ain’t always greener
The exodus of some NHL talent (most notably Alexander Radulov) to Russia’s KHL over the summer caused some concern that perhaps the NHL would have to deal with the most threatening rival league since the old WHA in the 1970’s.  However, as the Russian economy has been among the hardest-hit…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/03/09 | Comments 0

Wearing your rage on your back
Over at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog, Greg Whyshynski continues his “jersey foul” series with a fascinating sample for Nashville Predators fans: For those unfamiliar, #47 was worn by Alexander Radulov…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/03/09 | Comments 0

Predators Progress
Despite being routinely brought up by commentators around North America as a prime candidate for relocation, the Nashville Predators appear to be making progress in this first full season under local ownership.  This morning’s Tennessean provides some details: A Predators franchise that reported $70 million in losses under Craig Leipold…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/03/09 | Comments 0

Taylor Swift flashes her Fang Fingers
Shortly after the Super Bowl concluded last night, Predators fans all over Nashville got an unexpected treat; a new commercial featuring Taylor Swift, the young country/pop music star.  It’s another example of how the new ownership group is bringing fresh energy to their advertising campaign, and doing a fine job…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/02/09 | Comments 0

A better way to save the Islanders
Just in case anybody took my earlier tirade against the “New York Islanders deserve revenue sharing” idea as mere invective against a struggling NHL team, I thought I’d try to reframe this whole question in perhaps a more constructive light: “What, if anything, should the NHL do to assist teams…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/02/09 | Comments 0

Is New York a “small market”?
Good old Larry Brooks of the New York Post is at again, crying to the heavens that the NHL’s revenue sharing guidelines are “unfair”, because the woeful New York Islanders are unable to tap into those funds.  Specifically, since the Islanders play in a market with more than 2.5 million…
Posted by Forechecker on 02/02/09 | Comments 0

Sully delivering the goods so far
A big part of Tuesday night’s big win in Vancouver was the contribution of the Nashville power play, which scored three times in a game for the first time in nearly two years (March 3, 2007 vs. Los Angeles).  John Glennon makes the case that the mere presence of Steve…
Posted by Forechecker on 01/30/09 | Comments 0

Out of the frying pan, into the fire
The last time the Nashville Predators played in Calgary, it was one of the wildest games in recent memory; after falling behind 5-0, the Preds clawed their way back to pull within a goal at 7-6 in the final moments, and had possession in the offensive zone as the final…
Posted by Forechecker on 01/30/09 | Comments 0

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