Game was not blacked out on Comcast center ice.
I agree about Ducks announcers- probably the best I've heard from a visiting team this year.
Hiller was great.
Preds were great.
In addition to the players mentioned above, Ryan Jones had another strong game even given his injury (hit knee on the pipes, I guess. I originally thought it was a blown knee).
Another solid win.
Just watched the highlights, great stuff. Too bad Rinne didnt get the shutout. Looks like he could have had one there. Ive also seen us called for goaltender interference for less, but who cares at this point.
Finally got to see a game with my own eyes. Kidnapped a HFer by the name of Viqsi and we caught the game from the nose bleeds. No real rythem to the game itself. In the first period Nashville spent about 10 minutes in the blue ice grinding and pushing to get a goal and Anaheim with an odd rush to try and score on Rinne. The first goal was all on Rinne. He couldn't secure a rebound with his glove and Anaheim chipped in the rebound. Rinne cost himself a shutout. Nashville outworked Anaheim and won about 95% of the battles on the boards. No one seemed to have any energy at the game. The players on both sides seemed to be going at about 80% and the crowd finally came into play after the first Nashville goal. Towards the 3rd Nashville began to cycle and started blasting one timers into Hiller. Most of the shots in the first 2 periods were snap shots which lead to Nashville crashing the boards and trying to push in the rebound. In the 3rd you could see Weber trying his damnest to blast a 6th hole through the goalie's chest.
Defensively, the Weber-Suter line was phenominal. Suter is the best defensemen on the team. Hamhuis just looks a bit lost out there. Other than Rinne's glove Suter was the most impressive thing I saw at the game.
And as for Weber, does he have an upper body injury? Not much snap in his slap shot.
hmm.. I wanted Rinne tonight. I hope Ellis is up to the challenge
I agree. Maybe part of the feeling is Ellis has a W against the Flames this year. I know its always important for this team but they really need to get the first goal tonight and get everyone into the game.
It looks as if the Pre*da*tors’ goalie-rotation sys*tem will con*ti*nue for a seventh straight game Tues*day against Calgary.
Dan Ellis is sche*du*led to start against the Fla*mes, even after Rinne tur*ned away 25-of-26 shots against Anaheim on Satur*day. The goa*lies have switched the starter’s role over the past six games, with Ellis star*ting on Dec. 22, 27 and 31, and Rinne star*ting on Dec. 26, 29 and Jan. 2.
Other notes coming from Monday’s prac*tice at Som*met Center:
•The Preds appear to have tin*ke*red slightly with the lines they used Satur*day against the Ducks, as Ryan Jones and Nick Spa*ling have switched spots. Jones was on a line with Mar*cel Goc and Patric Hornq*vist on Mon*day, while Spa*ling was with Mike San*to*re*lli and Wade Belak.
•For*ward Mar*tin Erat, who’s mis*sed the past two games with a knee injury, is sche*du*led to skate on his own on Tues*day, and may also join the team for the mor*ning skate. If all goes well on Tues*day, Preds coach Barry Trotz figu*res Erat will be side*li*ned for at most one more week – maybe even less time.
•For*ward Jerred Smith*son (bro*ken hand) is sche*du*led to resume ska*ting soon, though he’s still a few weeks away from the hand hea*ling enough to play. For*ward Jor*din Too*too (bro*ken foot) doesn’t need to wear his wal*king boot all the time now, and it’s pos*si*ble he could do some ska*ting later this week.
Notes from Tuesday's morning skate
Published BRYAN MULLEN, The Tennessean
Published on January 5, 2010in Uncategorized. 0 Comments
Here are a cou*ple of notes from Tuesday’s mor*ning skate:
Ellis in goal: Dan Ellis will get the start in goal against Cal*gary tonight. On Dec. 19, Ellis stop*ped 29 of 32 shots against the Fla*mes during Nashville’s 5-3 road win.
“They have a big group over there,” Ellis said. “They have dan*ge*rous for*wards and they play with speed. They’re very strong defen*si*vely and have a world-class goa*lie. They have a really good mix of pla*yers that com*ple*ments their sys*tem very well. They’re pla*ying well lately, so we have to play our best hockey.”
Back soon: Nash*vi*lle for*ward Mar*tin Erat ska*ted with the team on Tues*day, one day after ska*ting by himself.
Erat said he is get*ting back into the flow but doesn’t want to return if he’s only “60- or 70-percent.”
“Marty won’t play tonight, but Thurs*day is opti*mis*tic and Satur*day is get*ting to be at that pos*si*ble stage,” Coach Barry Trotz said.
Erat has mis*sed the past two games with a sprai*ned knee. He leads Nash*vi*lle in goals (14) and points (27).
sorry for all of the asterisk, cut and past deamons
Bad enough I have to hear the Flames adoration with every breath from the CI feed. Do the refs have to gift wrap that goal but swallowing their whistle while the puck is under Ellis's pad and allow them to poke it in? Holy crap...
This one doesn't look good-- scoring chances that have any hope of beating Kipper haven't been easy to find. I've been flipping mainly to the USA-Canada game... 3-3 after two periods. Shaky goaltending and a US goaltending change but a very exciting game.
Well, that sucked. I don't know why I am surprised we lost that game, but it still hurt to lose it anyway, perhaps because I hate the Flames. Seems like the Flames like some other teams seem to get away with all kind of dubious or borderline physical play without getting called for it. All the time. I was really shocked that the two penalties did get called there in the third when they did after some of the things that had been let go all game long. I hardly even mention it anymore.
But all that aside, seemed like the team was tentative tonight in the things they could control until that 2nd goal right at the buzzer at the end of the 2nd. A little too late to wake up at that point. They could have played thru the goal and the calls on a good night, I just did not see it in them tonight, or was that just me?
Well, on the bright side, we still have a lot of points on the ledger and plenty of games left to get more-- let's hope they learned something from it and get 2 on Thursday.