Found November 11, 2013 on The Predatorial:
The best and worst from Nashville’s 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. Plus: The McRib is back. The Predators did not have a holding call in their own end zone that resulted in a safety which would ultimately become the deciding score in a game that the team desperately needed to stay relevant in their division. After crashing awkwardly into Derek Morris against Phoenix on October 31, Matt Hendricks missed three games, but finally returned on Sunday night. He had another scary moment when Eric Gelinas skate appeared to cut his leg, sending Hendricks down the tunnel and off the bench for a brief time. However, Hendricks returned and finished the game. Minus: Shea Weber and Seth Jones finished the game with a 6.7% Corsi-For percentage, combined for zero shots on goal and were on the ice for two of New Jersey’s five goals. Nashville was shutout of six power plays, managing only five shots on the man advantage. It was the second time this season that Nashville had six power plays in one game, but the first time they did not capitalize. Nashville has failed to score on their last 10 power play tries. The Predators were shutout for the fourth time this season in 17 games. The Predators were also shutout on Friday night at Edmonton, which means that the team has currently played 120:18 since Gabriel Bourque scored the team’s last goal in the third period against Colorado. Paul Gaustad lost 12 of 20 faceoff attempts, while Matt Cullen lost six of the 12 he took. Nashville has dropped to 25th in the league with 2.18 goals per game. Meanwhile, the Predators also rank 25th in goals allowed with 3.06 goals per game. The team is not scoring many goals while giving up a lot of goals – that is never an appropriate formula. Victor Bartley was a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game. Carter Hutton surprisingly got the nod between the pipes on Sunday night after getting chased early on Friday night and being mostly ineffective in the first four games of Nashville’s road trip. Sunday night was no different, as Hutton allowed the Devils to score five times on just 23 shots. Over the course of Nashville’s road trip, Hutton has allowed 19 goals on 125 shots, giving him a .848 save percentage on the road trip. His Goals Against Average in that stretch is a whopping 4.50…but wait, it gets worse. Going back to Nashville’s last home game, Hutton has allowed 24 goals on the last 151 shots he has faced, meaning that he has a .841 save percentage over his last six starts. Add a 4.78 GAA to that and you have a struggling goaltender. No one expects Carter Hutton to come in and be Pekka Rinne, but this case is one in which the statistics are telling the truth. Certainly he has been given some difficult shots to defend, but a large portion of that is due to the fact that he is playing in the National Hockey League. Hutton is hardly the first goaltender ever to have defensive breakdowns happening in front of him, but if letting in 24 goals in six games is simply unacceptable. Continuing to leave him in the lineup while he continues to struggle at this level is a detriment to both Hutton’s future and to the team. One would doubt that Hutton has very much confidence in the moment and allowing him to continue to get shelled against poor teams is only going to make that worse. At the very least, if Barry Trotz absolutely feels it necessary to stick with Hutton, he should allow Marek Mazanec to get a spot start against the Islanders on Tuesday to give Hutton a few days to clear his head. The Predators have actually outscored opponents 15-14 in the first period this season. However, in the second and third periods, the Predators are being outscored 38-21. With four goals allowed in the last two-thirds of the game on Sunday, the Predators continued that trend. Nashville is now 1-7 when their opponent scores first. By comparison, they are 7-0-2 when they get the first tally. The post Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at New Jersey Devils appeared first on The Predatorial.

Predators issue statement on Pekka Rinne

The Nashville Predators have issued a statement on injured goaltender Pekka Rinne. *** Pekka Rinne underwent a MRI earlier this week and he continues to progress in his recovery from a bacterial infection in his hip which was initially identified and addressed with arthroscopic hip surgery on October 24. There have been no setbacks – and we and the doctors are thankful they have...

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Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is one step closer to returning to the net

  After undergoing surgery on his hip, his second one of his career, Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne appears to be on track for a recovery. He underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) this week and reportedly has not had any setbacks. Both the team and the team doctors are thankful that they have identified the infection-which means now it is just a matter of recovery. Rinne...

Maturity helps Predators' Jones navigate life as rookie

Rookie defenseman Seth Jones has had his share of ups and downs this season. That's expected of a 19-year-old player not accustomed to the wear and tear of a full season in the National Hockey League. Make no mistake, there have been more positive moments than forgettable ones for Jones, but even he felt his demotion to the third defensive pair in a loss to the Winnipeg Jets...

Jaromir Jagr Becomes Eighth Player to Reach 1,700 Points With Fifth Goal of Season (Video)

Jaromir Jagr added yet another bullet point to his impressive resume on Sunday night. The 41-year-old winger didn’t wait long to reach his latest milestone, scoring just 90 seconds into the game against the Predators to record his fifth goal of the season. Although Jagr’s shot marked his team-leading 12th point of the season, it more importantly served as the 1,700th point of...

Devils’ Stephen Gionta day-to-day with sore foot

New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta is out day-to-day with a sore foot, as reported by Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. Gionta got tangled up and fell into the boards feet-first during Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He left the game because he rolled his ankle and didn’t return. He was not on the ice for the Devils’ morning skate Sunday. Through 16 games...

New Jersey Devils 5 – Nashville Predators 0

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Devils now among worst shootout teams in NHL history

Shootouts have been a problem for the Devils for far too long. It’s not just this season, in which they have lost each of their four shootouts without scoring on all 14 attempts. Going back to last season they’ve now lost eight straight shootouts since Patrik Elias gave them a victory over the Winnipeg Jets on March 10. That’s one short of the NHL record of nine in a row...

Devils ready to renew rivalry with Rangers

The Devils will dress the same lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden as they used in Sunday’s 5-0 win over Nashville with defenseman Mark Fayne as the lone healthy scratch. Left wing Patrik Elias remains out with back spasms and center Stephen Gionta remains out with a sore right ankle. Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he saw Gionta this morning...

Congrats Scott and Brendan

Congratulations to Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan for their inductions to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Always great to see former Devils make their way into the Hall of Fame. They join Peter Stastny, Viacheslav Fetisov, Herb Brooks, Scott Stevens, Igor Larionov, Mike Emrick, Lou Lamoriello, Doug Gilmour and Joe Nieuwendyk as members that once passed through the doors of the New...

Red Wings and Devils dominance evident in recent Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies

The true measure of a hockey team’s legacy can be measured by its contributions to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Over the last several years the Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils have been supplying hockey’s most elite club…Read more →The post Red Wings and Devils dominance evident in recent Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

This Week in Former River Hawks (11/11-11/17)

Chad Ruhwedel (left) skates in four games this week for Rochester. (Photo/Micheline V/Rochester Americans) Another packed week of NHL, AHL and ECHL action is in store for the coming week. This week features 11 former UMass Lowell River Hawks in 25 different games over seven days. Chad Ruhwedel, who tallied his first goal of his professional career last week, will skate...
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