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The Nashville Predators return home after a five-game road trip where they went 2-3-0. The Predators, who are coming off of a wild 6-5 win in Vancouver on Thursday night, host the Buffalo Sabres. On Thursday, Nashville scored more goals against the Canucks on Thursday night than their previous four games combined. The Sabres last played on Tuesday night when they were edged by the New York Islanders by a 2-1 score.
Buffalo is in 7th spot in the Eastern Conference, while Nashville sits a point out of 8th spot in the West. While Nashville looks to continue its December schedule on a winning note, Buffalo are losers of two straight games and have gone 4-5-1 in the last 10 outings.
Nashville’s special teams continue to improve. The Predators have scored eight power-play goals in the last seven games, including a perfect 3-for-3 night against Vancouver. Usually in the lower third of the league for power play success rate, so far this season Nashville ranks in the top 10% with a success rate of 18.5 per cent.
Ever since the Predators overtime loss to Columbus on November 19th, 8 of Nashville’s 16 goals have been scored on the man advantage.
Of course, while the power play continues to click, the Predators penalty kill finds itself uncharacteristically outside of the top 10 per cent of the NHL at 83 percent kill off rate.
The Sabres last trip to the Nashville saw the Sabres beat the Predators 1-0 on October 10, 2009. The Predators hold a 7-5-2 record against Buffalo but suffer on home ice posting only a 2-4-1 record.
The game on Saturday marks the start of a homestand by the Predators where 7 of the next 9 games are at Bridgestone Arena.
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BEST OF MAXIM
Nashville Predators goaltender Anders Lindback was part of a precious moment before the opening face-off inside Bridgestone Arena tonight.
Before every home contest, the Predators have an “honorary blueliner of the game.” Tonight’s honoree was goaltender Michael Dillard of the NYHL Mite Icebreakers.
Just before the National Anthem, Dillard (no taller than 4’0″) skated out...
Teemu Laakso cleared waivers and was assigned to Milwaukee on Friday. He wasted no time in seeing game action in the Admirals' 5-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen.Laakso picked up an assist and was plus one for the evening. He also picked up two minutes in PIMs for a interference call in the second period. Here's the complete game story.Make the jump for the full release...
Nashville, Tenn. (December 2, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that defenseman Teemu Laakso has cleared waivers and been assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).Laakso, 24 (8/27/87), played nine games for the Predators this season, going pointless and posting eight penalty minutes while averaging 11:26 per game.
At 15:54 of the second period, Jordin Tootoo barreled into Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, and eleven players were involved in an ensuing scrum. Miller is just coming off a concussion, suffered when he got run over by Boston's Milan Lucic three weeks ago. Tootoo got a major for charging and game misconduct. Here is the video (courtesy On the Forecheck), with audio from Tootoo...
The Nashville Predators announced the recall of Chris Mueller from Milwaukee earlier today. Mueller played well in his 15 games in Nashville last season and is tied for the lead in points this season with the Admirals.Make the jump for the complete release from the Nashville Predators...NASHVILLE PREDATORS RECALL FORWARD CHRIS MUELLERNashville, Tenn. (December 3, 2011) – Nashville...
In a game that saw all of the goalies in action (4) and plenty of scorers (10), the Nashville Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 in a contest that will be featured on NHL Home Ice's "Games Gone Wild" for the rest of the year.After the Predators saw a 3-1 lead collapse into a 5-3 deficit, the team fought pack to tie the game with two late goals in the second...
Last night's game between Buffalo and Nashville was a typical 2-0 defensive snoozer for the sold out Bridgestone Arena crowd until late in the second period when Jordin Tootoo collided with Ryan Miller and brought the crowd and both teams to life.Probably at some point later today, Brendan Shanahan will review the matter and decide if it was a "hockey play" as...
Just when you thought that the Vancouver Green Men had run out of ideas to taunt the opponent, the below video comes to light.
It shows the Green Men using a naked cut-out of Ryan Kelser to taunt the Nashville Predators Shea Weber in the penalty box:
(Courtesy of Cosby Sweaters)
Jordin Tootoo hits Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres at Nashville Predators game on Dec 3, 2011. Jordin Tootoo received a charging major and game misconduct. Paul Gaustad received a double roughing and misconduct. via http://www.hockeyfights.comLindy Ruff Post Game Rant - Sabres vs Predators - Dec 3, 2011 (HD)
Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game with 1:16 left, and the Nashville Predators beat Vancouver 6-5 on Thursday night to snap Canucks backup goalie Cory Schneider's five-game winning streak.
via TSN, 15:54 Nashville Jordin Tootoo: 5 minutes, charging
15:54 Nashville Jordin Tootoo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 2 minutes, roughing
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 2 minutes, roughing
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 10 minutes, misconduct
A LOOK BACK.......
Talk about a crazy, batty night in the NHL last night. If anyone believed that Vancouver and Nashville would combine for 11 goals, I would have thought they were nuts. However the funny thing was I saw the over being hit in this game. Both goalies were pulled, and really every odd man rush on both sides...
The Nashville Predators are back in the Music City and will take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Bridgestone Arena.