The Week Ah-Pred: Dec. 9
The Nashville Predators closed out their four-game home stand last week with games against the Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes, before heading to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals.
On Tuesday night, the Preds and Canucks took to the Bridgestone Arena ice. After a scoreless opening period, the Brad Richardson and Colin Wilson both tallied in the middle frame, to tie the game at one after 40 minutes. Ryan Kesler took over in the third period, scoring two goals, en route to a 3-1 Vancouver win.
On Thursday, the Preds hosted the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time since February 2012, as the Canes downed the Preds, 5-2. Nashville led 2-1 after the first 22 minutes of play on goals from Mike Fisher and Viktor Stalberg, but Jeff Skinner would steal the show after pocketing his first career hat trick.
After some issues at the airport on Friday afternoon, the Preds finally arrived in our nation’s capital to take on the Caps. The Capitals wasted little time pouncing on the Preds, scoring three first-period goals en route to a 5-2 victory on Saturday at Verizon Center. Roman Josi posted a two-point night (1g-1a) and Eric Nystrom tallied his fifth goal of the season for Nashville.
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The Preds are in the Big Apple on Tuesday night to take on the Rangers in the final game of their two-game season series. These two teams met just 17 days ago in the Music City, as Cam Talbot recorded his second shutout in as many games for the Blueshirts. Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan both scored for New York. It is just the seventh game between the two teams in the last six full seasons.
In 16 all-time games against the Rangers, the Predators have posted a 7-8-(2)-0 record, but are 5-3-(1)-0 in nine trips to Madison Square Garden.
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars – Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. CT
The Preds and Stars renew their rivalry from last season, as they open their five-game intra-divisional slate on Thursday night in Smashville. There is a lot of bad blood between these two teams after the shortened 2012-13 season, and fans are certainly in for an exciting night of hockey. The Stars will return to the Music City on Jan. 20, 2013, while the Preds will head to the “Big D” on three other occasions.
Nashville won two of the three meetings in the shortened 2012-13 season, highlighted by a 32-save shutout performance by Pekka Rinne and a Rich Clune penalty shot goal on March 12, 2013. Roman Josi stole the show on Feb. 25, with a four-point night (2g-2a), including the OT winner.
Nashville is 23-30-2 all-time against the Stars, but holds the 15-12-1 advantage on home ice.
Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks – Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. CT
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The San Jose Sharks waltz into Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night for the first time since Feb. 12, 2013. That night, Colin Wilson was the difference maker as he broke the scoreless tie 2:10 into overtime to put the Preds up two games to one in the shortened season series.
Two of the three games last year, and six of the last nine games between these two clubs, have required overtime or the shootout.
Saturday night will also feature two of the top young Czech-born talents in the League, as rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec faces off against Tomas Hertl, who leads all first-year players with 23 points (14g-9a) on the year.
Filip Forsberg is in IR with an upper-body injury.
Pekka Rinne is on IR with a hip injury.
Jonathan Diaby (third round, 2013) scored twice in just his second game of the season since returning from offseason shoulder surgery, as the Victoriaville Tigres shutout the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-0 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action on Friday night at Harbour Station. Diaby would add an assist on Sunday night against Moncton to give the 6-5, 240-pound defenseman three points (2g-1a) in his first three games.
|NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 3: Colin Wilson #33 of the Nashville Predators scores a goal against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on December 3, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)|