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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: November 30, 2013


Nov 30, 2013

Written by: Kristopher Martel


Last updated: November 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm


Nashville Predators (13-11-2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-2)
Gametime: 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET
Television: FS-Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (hip, out), Filip Forsberg (day-to-day, out), Patric Hornqvist (day-to-day, probable)

Philadelphia Flyers - N/A

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Marek Mazanec, 5-4-0, 2 SO, 0.934Sv%, 2.01GAA


Steve Mason, 3-4-0, 1 SO, 0.910Sv%, 2.60GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Colin Wilson – We said it Thanksgiving morning and we’ll say it again: Colin Wilson is due to score a goal. Multiple accrued point-blank chances over his last handful of games and Wilson couldn’t buy a goal if it was on sale at Nashville’s monthly flea market.

Philadelphia Flyers -

Claude Giroux – Starting the season in a bit of a rough patch, Giroux may finally be putting the pieces together. Currently on a six-game point streak, he’s put together two goals and five assists in that span.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

Talk about a team of inconsistencies. Nashville went on a three game winning streak against Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto before being shutout by the New York Rangers last Saturday by a score of 2-0. The Predators then beat Phoenix and Columbus before being shutout again by a score of 2-0, this time by the Edmonton Oilers on Thanksgiving evening. Nashville has proven they can score goals when needed, but what happens when the bottom just randomly falls out? The Predators have to find some inkling of consistency going into a December where they host 10 of their 14 games at home.

Nashville’s offense, still led by forward and original Predator David Legwand, is a “scoring-by-committee” approach. With Hornqvist out of the lineup as of late, Eric Nystrom has played admirably in his place on a line with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson. However, Hornqvist could be making his return tonight for the Predators, which would be an added bonus to an inconsistent offensive team.

Rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec has started nine straight games for the Predators, recording a 5-4-0 record with two shutouts. Besides being in the top ten in the NHL in both save percentage and goals against average, Mazanec has come out of nowhere to give Nashville a fighting chance while waiting for Pekka Rinne to recover. A sixth round draft choice in last year’s entry draft, Mazanec has played patient and calm in net for a team that has sorely needed it.

Philadelphia Flyers -

The Flyers started out the season with a paltry 3-8-0 record to finish the opening month of October. November, on the other hand, has been quite a different story for Philadelphia. 8-4-2 in their 14 games so far, they seem to have not only figured out how to string a few wins together, but they’re getting scoring and steady goaltending at the same time.

While one would think that Flyers captain, and leading point scorer. Claude Giroux would be leading the way in goals as well, he hasn’t quite found his goal-scoring touch as of yet this season. Off-season acquisition Vinny Lecavalier leads the Flyers with 9 goals with Matt Read only one goal behind that pace with 8.

When the season started for Philadelphia, the goaltending combination of Ray Emery and former Vezina-trophy winner and Columbus Blue Jacket Steve Mason seemed like a odd and improbable duo to win games for the Flyers. After a month of struggling, both Emery and Mason are giving the Flyers a chance to win every night, something many pundits didn’t believe would be possible with either goaltender.

Last time out...

Wayne Simmonds scored two goals and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots to snap a 5-game losing streak for the Flyers, beating the Predators 4-1 on February 2nd, 2012.

One interesting fact...

The Predators have a 6-7-3 all-time record against the Philadelphia Flyers. Over the past five games, the Flyers and Predators have alternated wins. Curiously enough, even with alternating wins, they’ve all come for the home team with the Flyers winning last on February 2nd, 2012.


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua