Found April 03, 2012 on
Fox Sports North:
TUESDAY'S STORY LINES: The Minnesota Wild will go for their fourth straight win and try to continue to play spoiler Tuesday night in Nashville. The Wild will be facing the Predators, who are fighting for the fourth spot in the Western Conference. The fourth spot would guarantee Nashville home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Currently the Predators sit in fifth place with 98 points; Detroit is fourth with 99 points.
While home-ice advantage would be nice, Nashville coach Barry Trotz doesn't believe it is the advantage it used to be. In last year's playoffs, Trotz's team was 2-4-0 at home and 4-2-0 on the road.
"I am looking at all the teams in the West, and it doesn't matter if you finish first or eighth; the difference is going to be very, very small," Trotz said.
The Wild won't face Nashville's No. 1 goalie, Pekka Rinne. Trotz will give Rinne a rest and start Anders Lindback. Rinne has played in 71 games this season and amassed a huge 4,091:06 in ice time.
Trotz said going into the season he envisioned Rinne getting about 65 starts. Rinne is 42-18-8 with a 2.43 GAA and will be a huge key to Nashville's playoff success. Though his number of starts is higher than projected, Trotz isn't worried about him being tired for the playoffs.
"We have cut back his reps, his on ice time a month ago," Trotz said. "He is playing a lot of the games, and they have been high-level games but we have been monitoring his rest and recovery."
WILD LINEUP NOTES: Niklas Backstrom will get the start in goal. Center Warren Peters will be back in the lineup, and Cody Almond was sent back to Houston.
HE SAID IT: "We can all sit around and think what might have been if we had Mikko (Koivu all season), but you look at the team we are facing tonight and the fact that we have only got 44 games from our starting goalie this year and play against a team that has 71 from theirs, so that has been a factor. But we can't do a whole lot about those things that have gone by. The only thing we can focus on is now and finishing strong." Wild coach Mike Yeo reflecting on the season
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
NASHVILLE As the story goes, Pekka Rinne played so rarely back in his native Finland that the Predators' scout who found him based his opinions solely on what he saw in warm-ups.
The Predators drafted the goalie in 2004 four years after he became eligible, meaning that for four years no other team saw anything in him that made him worth gambling a pick on, even in the eighth...
A CLOSE SHAVE
Taking a hockey skate to the face sucks, just ask the Minnesota Wild’s Kyle Brodziak.
During last nights 2-1shoot-out loss to the Nashville Predators, the Wild’s Kyle Brodziak got a face full of teammate Darroll Powe’s skate blade. As you would expect the blood flowed off Brodziak’s cheek, but not enough to keep him off the ice for an extended period of time. After receiving...
With the Cincinnati Cyclones’ ECHL season over, the Nashville Predators have elected to call up goaltender prospect Chet Pickard.
Don’t read too much into this move, however. If they wanted to get Pickard playing time, they would have assigned him to the AHL Milwaukee Admirals. Instead, they called him up to the big club so that the 2008 first round pick can work closer with...
The Minnesota Wild have won three straight games against teams looking to better their seeding in the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Wild has played the role of spoiler in the last three games.
Predators forward Patric Hornqvist says as long as Nashville sticks to playing its own game, the Predators should come away with two points.
“We just have to out-work them. We need a...
By Seth Lake
Heading into their final three games of the regular season in the midst of a fight for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning next week, the Nashville Predators took to the ice at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night facing a Minnesota Wild club that had fallen out of the playoff race, but...
The playoffs are almost here and Smashville can feel it. It's time for winning playoff hockey to be played.
On Tuesday night, the Nashville Predators played well enough defensively to escape from the Minnesota Wild with a 2-1 victory, which means two much-needed points in the standings. Nashville is currently playing a game of back-and-forth with Detroit and Chicago for the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alexander Radulov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to reach 100 points for the second time in three seasons.
The Predators, who have two games left, moved back into fourth place in the Western Conference -- one point over idle Detroit and two over Chicago. Detroit will finish the...
The Nashville Predators have assigned Chet Pickard to the NHL. Pickard will back-up Anders Lindback, Tuesday night. Pekka Rinne is sick, per Joshua Cooper. Here is the Press Release.Nashville, Tenn. (April 3, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that goaltender Chet Pickard (CHEHT PIH-kuhrd) has been assigned to...
via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, The game began with a frightening incident when the skate of linemate Darroll Powe struck center Kyle Brodziak in the face. Blood fell and Brodziak rushed to the bench.
“It was scary,” Yeo said. “I think it shows you how much he’s respected by our whole team. As soon as it happened, there was a lot of concern. We’ve got Mikko yelling...
It was not the most exciting game of the season, but Nashville got the job done with a 2-1 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a very happy sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena. The story of the night? The superb play of Anders Lindback, stopping 25 of 26 and going 3-3 in the shootout, the first of his NHL career.
The other thing to take from last nightâs win...
The top five stories from Bloggers’ Row and beyond for April 4.
1. Last night, the Predators reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in franchise history with their 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Amanda DiPaolo of Inside Smashville caught up with Nashville’s lone goal scorer Gabriel Bourque after the game, Hockey Night in Nashville’s Robby Stanley talked to Craig...
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #15 Dany Heatley
2. #21 Kyle Brodziak...
The Nashville Predators' spot in the postseason is secure, but their recent spotty play means they won't want to take their final regular-season games lightly.
The Minnesota Wild are out of contention, but relishing their role as a spoiler.
Possibly needing to win its final three games for a chance at home-ice advantage in the first round, Nashville on Tuesday night will...
Here are the top five stories from Bloggers’ Row and beyond for April 2.
1. On Saturday night, Nashville pulled off an epic 4-goal comeback against Chicago, only to be thwarted in the end when Brent Seabrook scored a little over a minute later. The Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot, while the Predators fell to fifth. All of Bloggers’ Row had game stories, including Amanda DiPaolo...
Dallas Stars 42-33-5
Nashville Predators 46-26-8
The Nashville Predators wrap up the home portion of their regular season when they host the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville has been consistently strong at home over the last several seasons. Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, the Predators have picked up 180 home wins and rank...