Preds team game prevails; Ducks lost game in 1st period

Saturday in Anaheim, the Ducks failed to score on power play opportunities in the first period, failed to jump on the Nashville Predators who entered the game without top line center and leading scorer Ryan Johansen, and second line center Mike Fisher. The Predators’ team game is strong, with no passengers, just drivers. It took… Continue reading Preds team game prevails; Ducks lost game in 1st period

GM of the Year candidates announced

MAY 16, 2017 — HT’s pick is Peter Chiarelli.  It’s not hard to select Connor McDavid first overall, but pulling in Milan Lucic and Cam Talbot, plus the trade of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, sparked the NHL’s most dramatic improvement (33 points from the prior campaign). That the Oilers very nearly made the conference… Continue reading GM of the Year candidates announced

Double the effort equals extra goal, win for Predators

Nashville leads Western Conference Final 2-1 The Nashville Predators followed a simple rule Tuesday night in Nashville. They needed an extra goal, and a doubling of shot opportunities paved the way to their getting it. “We have to win 2-1 games, one-goal games, etc.” this is the common refrain in the modern NHL, especially at… Continue reading Double the effort equals extra goal, win for Predators

Welcome back Kase

After the Predators jumped to a 2-0 first period lead in Game 2, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle took immediate action, swapping out veteran Corey Perry in favor of Czech rookie RW Ondrej Kase on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie. The effect was profound as the Ducks came back to win, 5-3… Continue reading Welcome back Kase

Resilient Harry Zolnierczyk Emerges on Nashville’s Fourth Line

A nice story is emerging on Nashville’s fourth line as Toronto native Harry Zolnierczyk has proven worthy of a nightly roster spot. The 29-year-old Toronto native who played college at Brown University, went undrafted. Before joining coach Peter Laviolette’s Predators, his fifth club, he’d spent time in the Flyers (44 games), Penguins (13), Islanders (2)… Continue reading Resilient Harry Zolnierczyk Emerges on Nashville’s Fourth Line

8 Questions for Thursday, April 27 (Playoffs Round 2)

Will Ottawa be able to take advantage of the Rangers? They’ve used a 1-3-1 trapping system, to great effect vs. Boston. But the Rangers are faster, and if they can chip pucks in deep and retrieve them, the Senators will be chasing through the series. Wild Card: Derrick Brassard (OTT), formerly of the Rangers, vs.… Continue reading 8 Questions for Thursday, April 27 (Playoffs Round 2)