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Predators Douse Flames 2-0, Rinne Ties A Franchise Record


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Nashville FINALLY got off their losing streak with a big 2-0 win against the Calgary Flames this afternoon in Calgary. Beating a team that the Predators didn’t beat all last year and Pekka Rinne had never beaten before in his professional NHL career, Nashville scored goals by Bergfors and Kostitsyn to move them back up to a .500 record before starting a 3-game homestand.

What’s better? Pekka Rinne gets the shutout, his 21st with the Predators, tying him with Nashville all-time great Tomas Vokoun

Special Teams:
Powerplay – 0 for 3, 0%
Penalty Kill – 4 for 4, 100%

Best Play of the Game: Craig Smith turned on his warp drive turning a minor turnover from Calgary into a 2-on-1 with Sergei Kostitsyn. Smith waited and timed his pass right, giving Kostitsyn the goal and the Predators a 2-0 lead late in the third period

Worst Play of the Game: Not really a specific play, but more as a whole from the team. Nashville was STILL outshot in this game and by a high margin, 33 to 14. Rinne can stop 30+ shots a night every game, I’m not questioning that, but can Nashville really rely on 14 shots a game to win the contest? I doubt it.

My Three Stars:
#1: Pekka Rinne – 33 save shutout, including some timely Rinne-esque saves throughout the game. Rinne ties the franchise shut-out record set by Tomas Vokoun

#2: Craig Smith – We found out he has a whole different level to his speed when he made his own 2 on 1 and then found Kostitsyn who found the back of the net. 1 assist on the night for Smith and a +1

#3: Shea Weber – Didn’t register a statistical point on the night’s statsheet, but his game DRASTICALLY improved from the previous two. 27 minutes on the ice and his presence was felt.


As I mentioned briefly earlier in this post, Nashville was badly outshot 33-14 in their 2-0 win against the Flames. Even though they DID get the win and played much better tonight than they did against Vancouver or Edmonton, they have to increase their shot totals as they’ve been outshot in ALL SEVEN of their games so far this season.

So, I’m not trying to complain, especially after breaking a 4 game losing streak, BUT I do have to touch on that subject before I go into the positives for this game.

Two words: JON BLUM

Blum made probably the most important save of the game tonight for the Predators, stopping a SURE goal for the Flames and protecting an empty net until Rinne could get over. If it wasn’t for Blum, the score would have been tied at 1 and who knows what would have happened.

After that? The line combinations were a little strange tonight, especially McGrattan-Geoffrion-Bergfors…until that line produced a goal. Still, it’s strange to see those 3 players on the same line, but it produced a goal so I won’t say too much :-)

Nashville’s defense stepped up their game and they did so at the best possible time, RIGHT before a 3 game homestand against San Jose, Tampa Bay, and Anaheim. Couldn’t have been better timing from Nashville, hopefully they can take that momentum into this weeks trio of games.

Stay tuned to The Predatorial on Tuesday morning for the gameday preview of the San Jose game!


Stay frosty, friends.