Preds Look to Topple Crown, Again…
The Nashville Predators begin a 3 game home stand at Bridgestone Arena tonight vs LA Kings. This will be the third of four matchups between the teams & second in a week. The Preds defeated LA 3-1 8 days ago at Bridgestone Arena behind a 30 save performance by G Pekka Rinne & a strong game by C David Legwand, who was 1st star with 2 assists.
The season series between the teams sit at 1-1 & will wrap up on 3/17 in LA. Head Coach Barry Trotz was unhappy with the overall effort the last time these teams met & with the new acquisitions having a few practices; the team should be expected to start faster & stronger. The Kings have also had a couple games to work in Jeff Carter, but the offense continues to be an enigma.
This game will be a fast paced one with two of the best goalies in the league this season going up against one another in Rinne & Quick. This should be a low scoring but entertaining game. The Preds will then host Colorado on Thurs before a huge divisional game against Detroit on Sat.
D Kevin Klein has missed the last 3 games & is expected to be questionable for the games later this week due to an upper body injury. F Brian McGrattan has missed the last 12 games with an upper body injury & there is no word on his return. D Shea Weber was hit hard & appeared slow to get up during the game last Sat, but returned, finished the game, & practiced on Monday. Sergei Kostitsyn had a maintenance day and is expected to be in the lineup tonight.
The bottom line:
-The Nashville Predators are 38-20-7 (83 Pts) and sit 3rd in The Central Division, 6 Pts behind St Louis & Detroit.
-In the Western Conference The Predators are in 5th, 6 Pts behind Detroit with the chase pack: 6 Chicago (79), 7 Phoenix (75), 8 San Jose (73) & 9 LA (72).
-The Predators begin a 3 game home stand: Tonight Vs LA, Thurs Vs Colorado, Sat Vs Detroit (all teams in or fighting for a playoff spot).
-The Predators are 1-1-0 since Andrei Kostitsyn & Paul Gaustad joined the team.
-C Mike Fisher leads the team in Goals with 19 equaling his total from last year.
-F Martin Erat leads the team in Assists with 33 & Points with 47.
-F Jordin Tootoo leads the team with 68 PiM’s, Brian McGrattan has 61 PiM’s & 6 Fighting Majors (all at home).
-G Pekka Rinne leads the NHL in wins with 36 & has 3 Assists.
Leg-watch 500- With 1 Goal Vs Fla on Saturday, David Legwand now has 489 points in his career (184G 305 A) with the Predators.
Time to rock the Stone,
<a href=”http://www.prednecknation.com/our-writers/”>”Crazy” Charlie Saunier</a>