"The Reject Returns" 1/17/09: Nashville vs. Atlanta
Some rejects come back to haunt us.
Will Rich Peverley?
:nashville VS. :thrashers
November 28, 2008: Ryan Suter scored 1:44 into overtime, and Dan Hamhius and Scott Nichol each posted multi-point games to help Pekka Rinne (22 saves) get his first career overtime victory.
Nashville Predators (20-21-3, 43pts, 4th Central, 13th West)
Last Game: Last Game: Montreal 3 vs. Nashville 2
Last Ten Games: 3-7-0
Home Record: 12-7-1
OT/Shootout Record: 5-3
Record vs. Atlanta: 1-0-0
Goals For: 108
Goals Against: 124
Power Play Ranking: 13.4%, 28th
Home Power Play Ranking: 14.1%, 26th
Penalty Kill Ranking: 84.1%, 6th
Home Penalty Kill Ranking: 87.6%, 2nd
Nashville Team Leaders
Goals: Jason Arnott, 15
Assists: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 26
Points: Dumont, 34 (8g+26a)
Power Play Goals: Arnott/Shea Weber, 5
Power Play Scoring: Dumont, 12 (1g+11a)
Short-Handed Goals: David Legwand, 2
Short-Handed Scoring: Legwand (2g+1a), Scott Nichol (0g+3a)
Shots: Weber, 132
Shooting Percentage: Ryan Jones, 14.3%
Plus-Minus: Weber, +6
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 81
Hits: Weber, 95
Blocked Shots: Greg Zanon, 128
Giveaways: Dumont, 30
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis, 34
Turnover Differential: Joel Ward, +19
Faceoffs Won: Radek Bonk, 283-173
Faceoff Percentage: Bonk, 62.1%
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter, 23:35
Wins: Pekka Rinne, 10-6-0
Minutes Played: Dan Ellis, 1654
Goals Against Average: Rinne, 2.22
Save Percentage: Rinne, .918
Shutouts: Rinne, 4
Nashville Fun Fact: The Predators impressive home penalty killing unit (ranked #2 in the NHL) has conceded only one power play goal to the Thrashers in 25 attempts over the duration of the series between these two teams.
Nashville Player to Watch: Netminder Pekka Rinne has allowed more than two goals just three times in his last 15 appearances, posting a 1.85 GAA and a .932 save percentage in that span, as well as all four of his shutouts.
Nashville Reason to Worry: Winger and leading scorer JP Dumont continues to struggle offensively. His goal against Montréal was his first since December 8th - a 16 game goal drought. Dumont has 4 goals and 12 points since December 1st (21 games).
Nashville Injury Report
Shea Weber (Foot,
Jason Arnott (Upper Body,
Greg De Vries (Concussion, Out)
Scott Nichol (Concussion, Out)
Nashville Projected Lineup
Atlanta Thrashers (15-25-5, 35pts, 5th Southeast, 14th East)
Last Game: Atlanta 4 vs. Toronto 3 (OT)
Last Ten Games: 3-6-1
Away Record: 7-12-3
OT/Shootout Record: 4-5
Record vs. Nashville: 0-0-1
Goals For: 130
Goals Against: 163
Power Play Ranking: 21.0%, 9th
Away Power Play Ranking: 25.3%, 2nd
Penalty Kill Ranking: 73.6%, 29th
Away Penalty Ranking: 77.1%, 27th
Atlanta Team Leaders
Goals: Bryan Little, 20
Assists: Todd White, 29
Points: Ilya Kovalchuk, 46 (18g+28a)
Power Play Goals: White, 9
Power Play Scoring: White (9g+13a), Vyacheslav Kozlov (7g+15a)
Short-Handed Goals: Joey Crabb, 1
Shots: Kovalchuk, 148
Shooting Percentage: Little, 21.1%
Plus-Minus: Niclas Havelid, +8
Penalty Minutes: Eric Boulton, 102
Hits: Garnet Exelby, 73
Blocked Shots: Havelid, 118
Giveaways: Kovalchuk, 45
Takeaways: Marty Reasoner, 34
Turnover Differential: Reasoner, +25
Faceoffs Won: White, 368-344
Faceoff Percentage: Erik Christensen, 53.7%
Time On Ice: Ron Hainsey, 23:11
Wins: Johan Hedberg, 6-7-3
Minutes Played: Kari Lehtonen, 1177
Goals Against Average: Lehtonen, 3.26
Save Percentage: Lehtonen, .901
Shutouts: Lehtonen, 1
Atlanta Fun Fact: The Thrashers are one of three teams in the NHL with a top ten power play and a bottom ten penalty kill (St. Louis and Washington are the others), and are the only team with a top ten power play and a bottom five penalty kill.
Atlanta Player to Watch: Todd White has an ongoing 5-game scoring streak, during which he has recorded 8 points (2g+6a).
Atlanta Reason to Worry: The Thrasher's road defense has been positively atrocious, conceding 79 goals in 21 games (3.76 average).
Garnet Exelby (Leg Fracture, Out)
Atlanta Projected Lineup
#2 Home PK vs #2 Road PP.
Peverley - 3g 2a
If Arnott comes back... what lines would like to see? I think I'd like to see the old Sully-Arnott-Dumont line, they used to click back in the day and it may wake Dumont up. But that makes the others line weird, probably like:
I dunno just throwing that out there:laugh:
He's looked good though, he's pretty evasive in the offensive zone and a good stickhandler.
anybody know what line Peverly has been playing on in ATL?
I have tickets in the lower bowl for tonight!
Weber and Arnott confirmed as returning tonight, Sulzer reassigned.
Lineup updated accordingly.
Oh my Goodness.....are you KIDDING ME......Koistinen YOU SUCK!!!! Koistinen - the king of going -1 with the primary assist on the same play....
Great start boys.:shakehead
Perfect pass to Koistinen, and what do you know, he lets it go right by him ruining another powerplay setup. I'm sorry, but Koistinen is officially the new whipping boy for me. He is TERRIBLE.
Wow......we are playing God-awful against one of the worst teams in the league. No excuses tonight. Pathetic effort.
3-0 Thrashers, Kovalchuk has half the ice surface of open space......no one was even close to him.
This blows. Why is Koistinen still in the lineup?
Peverley with 2A in the first period? Heh...
Jesus. Where were you going on that one Pekka?
Worst hockey I have seen in at least 3 years out of the Predators. Terrible.
Getting blown out by the Thrashers.
Hamhuis, Zanon and Smithson are -3 through the 1st. haha
Great game for a full house tonight...
VK officially BLOWS!
Two brutal giveaways end up behind Ellis.
Then Ellis looks non-existent vs. Kovalchuk on a breakaway. Wow, I don't think I can watch anymore. I'm switching to watch the 3rd of the Caps/Bruins. Maybe my other team can pull out a win
Any reason we scratched Pihlstrom AND Jones tonight? I guess we really needed to get Belak back in the lineup.
Edit: Great goal by Schneider. Seeing-eye point shot
Edit: Beautiful pass from ARnott to Tootoo, who somehow gets it on net, and who somehow avoids the middle of the chest pads!!!
at least Vanderbilt got beat down by Mississippi State
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