"The Boys Are Back In Town" - 9/17/09 - Nasvhille vs. Atlanta
:nashville VS. :thrashers
Nashville Predators (40-34-8, 88 points; 5th Central, 10th West)
Goals For: 213
Goals Against: 233
Power Play: 15.7% (26th)
Home Power Play: 16.2% (23rd)
Penalty Kill: 82.5% (10th)
Home Penalty Kill: 88.7% (2nd)
Predators Team Leaders
Goals: Jason Arnott, 33*
Assists: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 49
Points: Dumont, 65 (16g+49a)
Power Play Goals: Shea Weber, 10
Power Play Points: Dumont, 22 (5g+17a)
Short Handed Goals: David Legwand, 3
Short Handed Points: Legwand, 4 (3g+1a)
Shots: Weber, 251
Shooting Percentage: Arnott, 16.8%
Plus-Minus: Greg Zanon, +8
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 124
Hits: Weber, 192
Blocked Shots: Greg Zanon, 237
Faceoffs Won: Arnott, 525-512
Facceoff Percentage: Radek Bonk, 59.9%
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter, 24:15
Wins: Pekka Rinne, 29-15-4
Saves: Rinne, 1316
Save Percentage: Rinne, .917
Goals Against Average: Rinne, 2.38
Shutouts: Rinne, 7*
Greg De Vries
Full Predators roster available on the team Website.
*Denotes Confirmed Franchise Record
Atlanta Thrashers (35-41-6, 76 points; 4th Southeast, 13th East)
Goals For: 257*
Goals Against: 260
Power Play: 19.3% (11th)
Road Power Play: 21.2% (7th)
Penalty Kill: 76.0% (29th)
Road Penalty Kill: 76.6% (28th)
Atlanta Team Leaders
Goals: Ilya Kovalchuk, 43
Assists: Todd White, 51
Points: Kovalchuk, 91 (43+48)
Power Play Goals: Four Tied With 12
Power Play Points: Kozlov, 43 (12g+31a)
Short Handed Goals: Colin Stuart, 3
Short Handed Points: Marty Reasoner, 6 (1g+5a)
Shots: Kovalchuk, 275
Shooting Percentage: Vyacheslav Kozlov, 15.8%
Plus-Minus: Tobias Enström, +14
Penalty Minutes: Eric Boulton, 176
Hits: Garnet Exelby, 151
Blocked Shots: Ron Hainsey, 127
Faceoffs Won: Todd White, 676-656
Facceoff Percentage: Slater, 53.0%
Time On Ice: Tobias Enström, 23:31
Wins: Kari Lehtonen, 19-22-3
Saves: Lehtonen, 1364
Save Percentage: Lehtonen, .911
Goals Against Average: Lehtonen, 3.06
Shutouts: Lehtonen, 3
Atlanta Player To Watch: Former top five pick Evander Kane makes his NHL preseason debut tonight in Nashville.
Atlanta Projected Lineup
*Denotes Confirmed Franchise Record
Very excited to see Colin Wilson play!!
Hockey is back! Excited about seeing the youngsters tonight.
Woot, I know it's just preseason but hockey is back! :yo:
Atlanta's roster for the game against us and Tampa Bay:
If anyone could do me a favor and keep an eye on Crabb and how he does. He's one player I've liked since he played with Colorado College.
Any radio broadcasting for use out-of-staters and internet lovers?
Ryan Ellis and Colin Wilson will be in the lineup tonight! Ellis will start in goal, but will split the game with someone else (Dekanich is my guess). "2 of our more experienced defensemen will be in the lineup tonight" as well as the trio of Sully - Arnott - Dumont.
My expectations for a lineup are something like this:
Jones-O'Reilly-Tootoo/Ward (if he's healthy)
I think that's a pretty good overall mix of prospects, players vying for roster spots, and roster players. Then, for the next game, you have:
Im interested to see Kane and Esposito for the Thrash.
I dont really care for Atlanta, dont particularly like or dislike them, but I sure as heck root for them simply in hopes that southern expansion will rule the Canadian teams at their own game.
Sullivan - Arnott - Dumont
Spaling - Wilson - Eaves
Jones - O'Reilly - Hornqvist
Belak - Olvecky - Thuresson
Weber - Ellis
Suter - Franson
Sulzer - Laakso
I wouldn't look too much in Blum not playing tonight.
All of the positions contain a mixture of NHL and AHL players, with the exception of Ellis, who will get a game before being sent back to juniors.
I'm also pretty sure I read somewhere that Ellis starting in net was confirmed, but I don't remember where...
my guesses, based on what I saw at camp and in the scrimmage:
Sullivan Arnott Dumont
Hornqvist Wilson Eaves
Spaling O'Reilly Jones
Belak Olvecky Thuresson
Good luck this year Preds! The 3 years I spent in Franklin (2000-2003) easily made the Predators my 2nd team. Take it easy on our "B-teamers" tonight.
30 minutes to face-off! :towel:
Preds on radio:
<=hip_czech from Official Boards
Five on three and we immediately lose the zone. Figures.
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