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04-02-2009, 12:03 PM
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"We're Not Down" - 04.03.09 - Nashville @ Chicago

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Nashville Predators (38-31-8, 84pts, 5th Central, 9th West)

About Nashville
Last Game: Columbus 2 vs. Nashville 1
Last Ten Games: 5-2-3
Away Record: 15-19-4
OT/Shootout Record: 10-8
Win/Loss Streak: LOST 1
Goals For: 197
Goals Against: 211
Power Play: 15.4%, 26th
Away Power Play: 15.0%, 23rd
Penalty Kill: 83.4%, 4th
Away Penalty Kill: 79.1%, 21st

Nashville Team Leaders
Goals: Jason Arnott, 27
Asssits: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 44
Points: Dumont, 59 (15g+44a)
Power Play Goals: Shea Weber, 9
Power Play Scoring: Dumont 20 (4g+16a)
Short-Handed Goals: David Legwand, 3
Short-Handed Scoring: Legwand, 4 (3g+1a)
Shots: Weber, 234
Shooting Percentage: Arnott, 15.1%
Plus-Minus: Greg Zanon, +8
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 122
Hits: Weber, 182
Blocked Shots: Zanon, 222
Giveaways: Dumont, 62
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis, 62
Turnover Differential: Joel Ward, +34
Faceoffs Won: Legwand, 509-514
Faceoff Percentage: Radek Bonk, 60.9%
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter, 24:05
Wins: Pekka Rinne, 27-12-4
Minutes Played: Rinne 2692
Goals Against Average: Rinne, 2.25
Save Percentage: Rinne, .922
Shutouts: Rinne, 7

Nashville Top Five Scorers

1. Jean-Pierre Dumont, 59 (15g+44a)
2. Shea Weber, 50 (21g+29a)
3. Martin Erat 50 (17g+33a)
4. Jason Arnott, 49 (27g+22a)
5. Ryan Suter 44 (7g+37a)

Nashville Injury Report
Antti Pihlström (Upper Body, Status Unknown)
Martin Erat (Leg, Out For Season)
David Legwand (Cheek, Out For Season)
Jason Arnott (Concussion, Out)
Wade Belak (Possible Sports Hernia, Out)
Ryan Jones (Pissed Me Off, Out)

Nashville Projected Lineup
Sullivan-O'Reilly-Ward
Santorelli-Fiddler-Dumont
Ortmeyer-Nichol-Hörnqvist
Smithson-Bonk-Tootoo

Weber-Suter
Hamhuis-Zanon
De Vries-Klein

Rinne



Chicago Blackhawks
(41-24-11, 93 pts, 2nd Central, 5th West)

About Chicago
Last Game: Chicago 3 @ St. Louis 1
Last Ten Games: 4-4-2
Home Record: 22-9-7
OT/Shootout Record: 9-11
Win/Loss Streak: WON 1
Goals For: 246
Goals Against: 207
Power Play: 19.7%, 11th
Home Power Play: 17.6%, 20th
Penalty Kill: 80.4%, 18th
Home Penalty Kill: 79.8%, 20th

Chicago Team Leaders
Goals: Jonathan Toews, 31
Asssits: Martin Havlat, 43
Points: Havlat, 69 (26g+43a)
Power Play Goals: Patrick Kane, 13
Power Play Scoring:
Short-Handed Goals: Kris Versteeg, 4
Short-Handed Scoring:
Shots: Kane, 243
Shooting Percentage: Toews, 16.8%
Plus-Minus: Duncan Keith, +31
Penalty Minutes: Ben Eager, 154
Hits: Brent Seabrook, 201
Blocked Shots: Seabrook, 108
Giveaways: Matt Walker, 40
Takeaways: Keith, 47
Turnover Differential: Andrew Ladd, +22
Faceoffs Won: Toews, 657-539
Faceoff Percentage: Toews, 54.9%
Time On Ice: Keith, 25:26
Wins: Nikolai Khabibulin, 21-8-6
Minutes Played: Cristobal Huet, 2290
Goals Against Average: Khabibulin, 2.50
Save Percentage: Khabibulin, .915
Shutouts: Khabibulin, 1

Chicago Top Five Scorers
1. Martin Havlat, 69 (26g+43a)
2. Patrick Kane, 65 (24g+41a)
3. Jonathan Toews, 64 (31g+33a)
4. Kris Versteeg, 50 (21g+29a)
5. Brian Campbell, 47 (7g+40a)

Chicago Injury Report
Brent Sopel (Elbow, Out)
Dave Bolland (Lower Body, Questionable)

Chicago Projected Lineup
Kane-Toews-Havlat
Eager-Sharp-Versteeg
Byfuglien-Pahlsson-Ladd
Fraser-Burish-Johnson

Seabrook-Keith
Campbell-Barker
Hjalmarsson-Walker

Khabibulin


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uh...this game is tomorrow, buddy

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uh...this game is tomorrow, buddy
It's the allergy meds.

But hey, at least now I'll have time to get everything put together instead of just posting the lineups!

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WFOME, is Jones still hurt? He's missing from both your injury list and lineup.

Thinking about heading down to the game and watching the Admirals tomorrow, as opposed to whoever that ECHL team is Milwaukee has up there.

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Clash theme song for the game more than makes up for that Jimmy Buffet ******** you posted last week. Good job.

Huge game tonight with the Blues at the Wings. In my mind, we get into the playoffs if we outpace the Blues for the remainder of the year- forget the rest of the teams.

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WFOME, is Jones still hurt? He's missing from both your injury list and lineup.
Yeah, all of our injured players have been ruled out through the weekend, although Arnott did skate individually prior to practice today and then went through the full team practice as well. He is traveling with the team and will participate in the morning skate and possibly the pre-game skate as well, but will not play in either game this weekend.

New lines from practice today...

Sullivan - O'Reilly - Ward
Dumont - Fiddler - Hornqvist
Smithson - Bonk - Tootoo
Santorelli - Nichol - Ortmeyer (Arnott skated in Orts place today)

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I really hope we dont have to ice the Santorelli-Nichol line too often.

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I thought that said Smithson-O'reilly-Ward. I nearly crapped my pants.

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Refs: Peel #20, Rooney #5
Well your at a disadvantage already. I absolutely hate Peel. I think he is one of the worst refs I have ever seen. The guy will make call all night from center ice when the play is in the corner

I hope Anaheim tanks the rest of the way and the Blues and Preds make it. I'd like to see you guys finish 7th and us 8th. I think you can beat Detroit this year. Although we beat them tonight, they seem to be in our heads to much of the time in most games. Preds dont seem to have that problem with them.

Are any of your wounded expected back anytime soon? It sucks to lose your best players at any point of the season, but at the end with a playoff push going on is even worse. We've had more injuries than anyone this season, and to key players, but I guess at least it happened early in the season so we could adjust and learn to play as a team without them in time to get hot at the right point of the season. Worst thing for us is losing a year of EJ's development, IMO.

Anyway, even though we are rivals, I really hope we get all 5 Central teams in the playoffs this year. I've been a big supporter of hockey in Nashville and feel bad that you guys get ragged on so much by so many people. Be nice to see you shut people up by beating the mighty Red Wings in the first round, lol (just not at our expense...if only one can make it, its us dangit! Its been tooo long)

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I honestly can't predict a win after seeing those lines. It is absolutely, the worst starting group of forwards in the league.....

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Anyway, even though we are rivals, I really hope we get all 5 Central teams in the playoffs this year. I've been a big supporter of hockey in Nashville and feel bad that you guys get ragged on so much by so many people. Be nice to see you shut people up by beating the mighty Red Wings in the first round, lol (just not at our expense...if only one can make it, its us dangit! Its been tooo long)
Thanks and I agree... I almost would rather the Preds face the Wings in the first round as they seem more susceptible to losing than a Sharks or Flames team would... Here's to Chicago, Columbus, and St. Louis making the playoffs and hopefully all getting out of the first round.

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I honestly can't predict a win after seeing those lines. It is absolutely, the worst starting group of forwards in the league.....
It is hard to call a few of those lines AHL worthy, much less NHL worthy... Eeek.

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Here's to a three-point game. We need the win, and Chicago can go ahead and clinch their playoff spot.

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Rinne needs to be absolutely stellar tonight, the only way I can really see us getting a win is if Rinne gets a shutout.


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I see this being very ugly.

Can we get more than the Detroit games in HD next season?

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we can win, stranger things have happened!

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Keys to the game:

1) Must Bottle Up Neutral Zone - Chicago loves to attack with speed. They love to get the puck in the hands of a forward rushing through the neutral zone with a full head of steam to push back the defense and create opportunities off the rush. Gotta work as a team to angle puck-carrier and limit opportunities for them to carry puck into zone. Whether it is off a regroup or straight breakout, we must limit Chicago's opportunities in transition.

2) Communication and teamwork in Defensive Zone - Something very noticeable about the Hawks offensive zone offense (cycling) was that they utilize a "triangle" offense where one player is always in the near corner, one somewhere around the strongside faceoff dot, and one in the low slot area. Chicago loves to work their offense through the man low in the corner forcing the defense to turn towards the puck and divert their attention to what is behind them, allowing Chicago to find and set up in quiet zones in the defense. Lots of give and go's and quick passes to the front of the net or out to the man standing alone at the faceoff dot for uncontested shots. Must work as a team here to limit opportunities and make sure that all switches are communicated and all options are covered to the best of our abilities.

3) Must limit zone time against - When we get Chicago to dump the puck in, we must get it out first time, every time. When Pekka makes a save and allows a rebound, we must get to the loose puck and clear it first time, every time. When we strip a puck-carrier, we must pounce on that loose puck and clear it first time, every time. Cycles must be stopped whenever they get going before they are able to wear us down and create chance(s) against.

4) Stay disciplined - Chicago likes to finish their checks. They are very protective of their goalies and will clear you out if you are standing around their crease. They are an aggressive team and if you give into them, they have plenty of weapons to make you pay for it on the scoreboard. Campbell is their PP breakout whenever he is on the ice. The Hawks will move the puck to Campbell, he will skate it up the ice looking to build up speed and create an opportunity, but if you angle him and deny him a head of steam he will dump the puck in. Once they gain possession in the zone, they keep possession. Maintain position and attack passes whenever possible. Keep the play to the perimeter and keep the front of the net clean (Byfuglien). Clear rebounds and loose pucks, rinse and repeat.

Something to watch especially in the second period (due to the long change) is that Khabibulin very often passes the puck immediately up to the PP when it is cleared down ice. Must keep puck away from Khabibulin whenever possible and insure that we have men in position to defend whenever the puck is quickly moved back up ice for the PP to attack.

5) Must get offense from more than one line - Against Columbus it was painfully obvious that only the O'Reilly line with Sully and Ward were able to generate any offensive pressure on a consistent basis. Trotz commented on this after the game (thankfully) and has adjusted the lines to try to generate some more offensive chances. Our new lines while not pretty do have balance and IMO matchup against Chicago pretty well. Hornqvist is being given his first true opportunity to play top-six minutes since early in the season and must step up and produce tonight. Not expecting anything from our shutdown line (Bonk), but I believe the team is looking for Santorelli and Ortmeyer to use the chemistry they built playing together with the Ads to generate a little offense in their limited minutes playing on the fourth line.

Defense must be involved in the offense tonight as well. Weber, Suter, Hamhuis, and Klein must get some pucks on net and look to jump into the rush whenever appropriate to create some chances and work to generate some opportunities for the forwards to pop home rebounds, set screens, and tip some pucks past Khabibulin. As was shown in Columbus though, gotta be smart about this and must have support covering back whenever we get a defenseman pinching on a 50/50 puck.

Bonus key) Must get a quick start to the game. Generate early offensive opportunities and try to keep the Chicago offense at bay by making them play defense. St. Louis failed to do this and had only 9 shots on goal for the whole game late in the third because of it.

Chicago loves to use an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck whenever they get the puck in deep. Their defense is very active pinching down the walls and will stay low to keep pressure on the wings if the play is there. If Chicago fails to get the puck deep, they will sit back in a 1-4 trap and make you skate right into them - denying speed and forcing dump-ins. Gotta get pucks deep and use our own forecheck to generate some offense tonight!

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Key matchup will be trying to keep the DeVries - Klein pairing away from Chicago's top two lines which will have a field day skating around them with speed. Will be a tough matchup all game long for these guys regardless of who they matchup against, but I'd really prefer to keep them away from the speedy Chicago lines whenever possible.

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Do you guys know where I can find a stream for this game?

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Rinne has to stop that backhand. That honestly may be game....

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Do you guys know where I can find a stream for this game?
NHL I think there is some kind of promotional code, I forget what it is now

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Rinne has to stop that backhand. That honestly may be game....
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Great hit by Zanon!

Nice tap in by O'Reilly. He is johnny on the spot lately. He really sees and thinks the game well. He might be our third line center next year...

Ward - O'Reilly - Jones ????

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