UGG Baratas online. Australia UGGs Outlet España.

Your #1 Source for Nashville Predators News, Updates, and Opinions – A Nashville Predators Blog

Game 37: Minnesota @ Nashville – O Captain…


AP Photo/Jim Mone

The Minnesota Wild have done very well this year and catapulted out of the basement of the Western Conference to one point out of leading the Northwest Division. The additions of Dany Heatley and Devon Setoguchi have paid huge dividends and the backstopping from Backstrom and Harding has been impressive.

The Nashville Predators suffered a huge blow in the Dallas game losing Captain Shea Weber to a concussion. The rumors are abound and some say that Weber could be ready to go as early as Friday, but he will definitely not be contributing in tonight’s match-up. Hopefully Klein is close to suiting up because the Predators defense in in desperate need of some veteran help.

Can the Wild take advantage of Weber being out of the lineup the way Detroit did and come away with two points in Nashville or will the Predators finally start to shoot the puck and give the home crowd something to cheer for?

This Year’s Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 Home, 0-1-0 Away)

Looking at the Wild: The Wild took full advantage of the Predators in the third period of their only meeting this year scoring 3 goals to win 3-2 in regulation. The backbreaker of it all was Cal Clutterbuck burying a short-handed goal when Rinne came out and misplayed the puck.

The Wild have been very consistent in scoring and defense. Mikko Koivu is leading the Wild in points and Kyle Brodziak has been the surprise leader in goals. The Wild play a score by committee offense similar to what the Predators use.

Looking at the Predators: Amazing come-from-behind wins are awesome, but not all that likely to sustain. Case in point the Predators versus the Stars and the Red Wings. The Predators can’t seem to shut down the other teams offensive presence and this is especially blatant without their Captain Shea Weber.

With Klein out the last two games, the Predators are having to rely on untested talent and rookie names such as Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Jonathan Blum to flesh out the defensive core with Bouillon, Hillen and Suter. 

For the Wild to win: Jump out to an early lead and take the crowd out of the game. The comeback wins were huge momentum shifts for the Predators, but as was seen against Detroit, the crowd got taken out early and the defense let up just enough for the Red Wings to punish them, especially Filppula who has been Predator killer #1 this year.

All the goaltenders for the Wild have a winning record, so who they go with still has a decent advantage. Nashville should come out with more shots on net after the Wings game, so either Harding or Backstrom should be ready for a barrage. 

For the Predators to win: The Predators MUST SHOOT THE PUCK…and shoot the puck effectively. Hornqvist needs to be camped out in front of the goal at all times and the other forwards need to start taking the shot rather than passing to what could be a great opportunity that gets tipped and starts a rush back the other way. Craig Smith also needs to break out of his funk; not only does he not have any goals since December 3rd, he has only registered 5 points in his last 11 games.

Rinne has got to tighten up as well. He has been letting in some of the goals that he routinely stopped earlier in the year. Some of the blame could be placed on the defensive core not clearing the puck effectively, but some of the blame also rests on Rinne to snap back into the goalie that earned him the $7M extension.


If you like what I have listed out here or if you have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to let me know on Twitter…@Preducated
Stay HardCore, friends