"Unelected and Unaccountable" - 2.16.09 - Nashville vs. Ottawa
Last Game: Nashville 4 vs. Boston 3 (SO)
Last Ten Games: 7-3-0
Home Record: 16-10-1
OT/Shootout Record: 7-3
Win/Loss Streak: WON 2
Goals For: 138
Goals Against: 158
Power Play: 13.6%, 29th
Home Power Play: 13.9%, 28th
Penalty Kill: 84.7%, 4th
Home Penalty Kill: 87.7%, 2nd
Nashville Team Leaders
Goals: Jason Arnott, 21
Asssits: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 28
Points: Dumont, 39 (11g+28a)
Power Play Goals: Arnott/Shea Weber, 6
Power Play Scoring: Dumont, 13 (2g+11a)
Short-Handed Goals: David Legwand, 3
Short-Handed Scoring: Legwand, 4 (3g+1a)
Shots: Weber, 173
Shooting Percentage: Arnott, 13.7%
Plus-Minus: Weber, +4
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 90
Hits: Weber, 127
Blocked Shots: Greg Zanon, 168
Giveaways: Dumont, 41
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis/Martin Erat, 38
Turnover Differential: Joel Ward, +27
Faceoffs Won: Arnott 374-371
Faceoff Percentage: Radek Bonk, 61.4%
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter, 23:53
Wins: Pekka Rinne, 16-9-0
Minutes Played: Dan Ellis, 1784
Goals Against Average: Rinne, 2.33
Save Percentage: Rinne, .919
Shutouts: Rinne, 4
Nashville Fun Fact: The Predators remain the only team in the NHL with a perfect record when leading after the first period.
Nashville Reason to Worry: The high-flying Senators have scored 19 goals in their last 5 games.
Nashville Injury Report
Alexander Sulzer (Upper Body, Out)
Scott Nichol (Concussion, Out)
Nashville Projected Lineup
Last Game: Ottawa 5 @ Minnesota 3
Last Ten Games: 7-5-0
Away Record: 9-16-3
OT/Shootout Record: 4-8
Win/Loss Streak: WON 4
Goals For: 135
Goals Against: 155
Power Play: 18.8%, 15th
Away Power Play: 17.1%, 19th
Penalty Kill: 83.0%, 8th
Away Penalty Kill: 82.4%, 11th
Ottawa Team Leaders
Goals: Dany Heatley, 25
Asssits: Daniel Alfredsson, 35
Points: Alfredsson, 52 (17g+35a)
Power Play Goals: Heatley, 11
Power Play Scoring: Jason Spezza, 20 (8g+12a)
Short-Handed Goals: Six Tied at 1
Short-Handed Scoring: Alfredsson, 3 (1g+2a)
Shots: Spezza, 161
Shooting Percentage: Heatley, 15.6%
Plus-Minus: Filip Kuba, +7
Penalty Minutes: Chris Neil, 127
Hits: Mike Fisher, 122
Blocked Shots: Jason Smith, 123
Giveaways: Spezza, 57
Takeaways: Alfredsson, 54
Turnover Differential: Chris Kelly, +19
Faceoffs Won: Spezza, 529-475
Faceoff Percentage: Antoine Vermette, 57.6%
Time On Ice: Kuba, 23:40
Wins: Alex Auld, 10-13-5
Minutes Played: Auld, 1664
Goals Against Average: Brian Elliott, 2.51
Save Percentage: Elliott, .915
Shutouts: Martin Gerber, 1
Ottawa Fun Fact: The Senate is comprised of 105 members, with each of the four major regions of Canada (Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes, and the West) recieiving 24 seats apiece, with the remaining provinces/territories assigned the remainder.
Ottawa Reason to Worry: The Senators have not won in Nashville since 2001.
Ottawa Injury Report
Chris Neil (Leg, Out)
Alexandre Picard (Hand, Questionable)
Frank Mahovlich (Upper Body, Doubtful)
Ottawa Projected Lineup
Sens are due for a big loss.
I got a ticket and Im feeling great, lets get it oooooooonnnnnn!!!!!!
Learn something new everyday.
Auld is starting for Ottawa tonight, not Elliott.
Is this not televised either? Holy **** this is ****ed. They really need to spread these untelevised games out.
Tonight has not been our night in any respect.
Ottawa was in our mug all night long, we couldn't do **** all ... see you on the golf course first week of April boys, if not sooner
We had a real stinker of a game against a team that's playing very good hockey right now. We're 7-3 in February and 8-4 since the All-Star break. I'm willing to win 66-70% of our games from here on out if it means an occasional ugly loss.
It's true that the teams ahead of us last year crapped the bed down the stretch, allowing us to pass them, but you never know. Luongo might have another kid ;)
I knew tonight was gonna be a bad night when the drunk rednecks sitting next to me started yelling at Dumont to get in a fight while we were on the PP:laugh: They also kept saying " We can't let a team from a gay country like Canada beat us" :cry: If only they knew the majority of a our team is canadian. Those idiots, me being very sick and the Preds ****** play probaly contributed to what I would say was the worst game to attend so far this year.
Something Santos said on the radio prior to Thursday night's game against St. Louis was incredibly true and remains true today.
He was talking with Trotz about the record needed to get into the playoffs and said that the only thing they both agreed would be completely true without fail was that they won all 26 games they had remaining.
It is cliche, but everyone has to take it one game at a time and take care of business when they have the opportunity. It remains true today, if the Predators go undefeated from here on we would probably be in 5th come playoff time. We cannot rely on others to help us, we must take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself and not dwell on the past. Everyone except for the team that takes home the Cup has plenty of opportunity to reflect on their season during the summer.
No energy at all. The building had no life either. Saturday you could feel it, the arena was buzzing, tonight though, just dull. And then the team comes out flat and takes a penalty in the first minute. That was it, Ottawa got going and The Preds were never in it the rest of the night.
Oh and, outworked, outskated, out everything all night. I know Ottawa was hot right now, but so were we, no excuses.
Just brutal. Sullivan looks washed up. Dumont won't shoot the puck and also is playing awful. Our PP is beyond abysmal, yet we keep trying the same people and getting the same result. Its frustrating if we could just score a little more this team may do some things, Rinne can't play perfect every night.
Okay, you're right, maybe I'm glad I didn't get to watch this.
the pp is embarassing.
the building was dull because we never had anything to get excited about.
It's hard to get excited when you know what every "rush" is going to lead to and you know exactly what is going to happen when the power play unit takes the ice.
You should see how quiet our arena in Ottawa is -even if sold out !
It was a great game to see Shea Weber - who will be patrolling the blueline for Canada at the next olympics as well.
Dumont is playing awful.
what's his deal? why doesn't he shoot?
Last nite he had several prime chances, and always passed. And most of them ended up turnovers.:help:
Personally, I think Dumont has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome since he took the leaping roundhouse to the head by Burrows earlier this season. Much like Mike Smith in Tampa, I really think he has felt generally OK, however not quite at full speed, and I truly believe he is not sitting out because he knows his importance to this team. That leads to him pressing harder and the cycle continues a downward spiral. Can't prove it, but that is my feeling.
Now on a more practical note, JP has to feel the pressure to get the puck to Sully and Arnott when on the ice together. Have you ever seen the looks on the faces of the two of them when they don't get the puck in a scoring opportunity? They throw their eyes to the sky and curse up a storm. Neither of his linemates go to the net giving him no help there. Both of his teammates are commonly seen standing right next to each other across the ice waiting for a pass. If JP shoots the puck, it better go in, because if it doesn't the best result will be a save and stoppage of play. Shooting to create (generate a rebound opportunity) would be pointless because neither of his linemates are going to crash the net and if he misses the net, the team is screwed because Dumont will be in too deep to backcheck and Arnott and Sullivan simply don't do that, ever.
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