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The Nashville Predators dropped a 3-1 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night but, despite the loss, there were positives. Rookie defenseman Seth Jones looked completely comfortable in just his second NHL game, the power play showed flashes of what it can do and goaltender Pekka Rinne rebounded from a poor performance last night with a 33-save outing and second star of the game honors.
With those positives, however, there were the obvious negatives. And the negatives started late in the first period.
The Avs opened the scoring after a miscue by the Preds. In the Colorado zone, Matt Hendricks tried to follow the puck around the boards but lost an edge, taking Paul Gaustad‘s feet out from under him. With both Predators forwards down on the ice, the Avalanche rushed the other way. After solid defensive plays by both Mattias Ekholm and Seth Jones, Jamie McGinn threw the puck toward the Predators net. Ekholm failed to tie up P.A. Parenteau on the post and he slammed home the r...
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You’d be hard pressed to find any NHL fan who doesn’t consider Pekka Rinne one of the top netminders in the NHL. He’s been a Vezina Trophy finalist two out of the past three seasons and has a career save percentage of .920. But when it came to opening night for the Nashville Predators goalie, he wasn’t exactly at his best.
Let’s break it down:
The rough night began just...
It cannot be denied. Even the biggest Nashville Predators homer has to accept the fact that last year was an absolute nightmare.
A team that had made the playoffs seven of the previous eight seasons (and, the one time they didn’t, were in it until the final days) expects nothing less than a competitive team. Instead, the Predators were everything but. They tied for the fewest...
Pekka Rinne was pulled from Thursday night's season-opening 4-2 loss in St. Louis after surrendering three goals on six shots...
It only took two games, but the first suspension of the regular season could be on its way.
Midway through the second period of Friday’s Avalanche-Predator’s matchup, Colorado winger Steve Downie laid a high hit on Predator’s defenseman Roman Josi in the Preds’ defensive zone. Downie’s contact was a little too much for Shea Weber, though — the former Norris Trophy...
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi left the game 9:21 into the second period after Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Downie delivered a questionable hit that appeared to be high and after he left his feet. The hit does appear to be suspension worthy, but the referees gave him a mere minor.
After the hit, Josi went to the dressing room and did not return with what...
In the second period, Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Downie leveled Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi. Downie has a history and Josi did not return. All things considered, is it suspension worthy? You be the judge. The video is below.
(We will remind you here that this is the Colorado broadcast feed.)
PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)
After Pekka Rinne allowed 3 goals in just 6 shots in the first 9:45 of the game, Carter Hutton relieved him and stopped all but 1 of the 22 shots he faced. Hutton’s only previous NHL experience before Thursday also came in St. Louis, when he allowed 3 goals in a loss during the Blackhawks’ final regular season game last season. Hutton lowered his career...
One night after being pulled in the first half of the first period, Pekka Rinne went the distance on Friday night. Although he was saddled with the loss, Rinne saved 33 of 35 shots that headed his way and allowed fewer than 3 goals for the first time in his last 4 games. For his efforts, the Colorado media awarded him the second star of the game.
The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that they have signed forwards Shawn O’Donnell and Brodie Dupont to PTOs. Both forwards were invited to camp as non-roster invitees, and outplayed some of the higher touted Ranger prospects. Both earned their PTOs, and will be with the team for a while longer.
It wasn't the goal party of Wednesday's season-opener but when the final horn sounded there was still the same celebratory feel inside the Pepsi Center Friday night.
Don't look now but Patrick Roy's Avalanche team is 2-0 after Friday's 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
The Avs rode P.A. Parenteau's two goals to the tough win needing an empty-net goal...
Nashville Predators 1, St. Louis Blues: Pregame
SOG: NSH - 0, STL - 0
PP: NSH 0/0, SJS 0/0
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Nashville Predators 0 @ Colorado Avalanche 0: Pregame Skate
Puck drop is at 8:07pm CST.
SOG: NSH - 0, COL - 0
PP: NSH 0/0, COL 0/0
Predators scratches: TBD
Predators starters: TBD
Avalanche scratches: TBD
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Nashville Predators 1 @ Colorado Avalanche 3 FINAL
SOG: NSH - 27, COL - 36
PP: NSH 0/3, COL 0/5
My Three Stars of the Game
1. PA Parenteau: 2 Goals
2. Paul Gaustad:
3. Steve Downie: Was able to get under the Predators’ skin and direct their attention onto him, rather than trying to put pucks past Varlamov.
1-0 COL: PA Parenteau...
ST. LOUIS -- David Backes had a goal and assist in the first period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.
The Blues scored three times in the first 9:45 to jump in front 3-0 and chased Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves for the Blues and improved to 9-3-3 against the Predators...
There are a couple of ways to look at the Predators’ first two games.
One is the optimist’s view. Nashville didn’t play all that poorly and in some ways outplayed its two opponents — St. Louis and Colorado.
The pessimist’s view would be that a team with a bevy of offensive questions before the season scored only three goals and is winless.
If the Predators play like...