November 8, 2011
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 6-4-3, Predators 7-4-2. Update: Here's to organizational stability: Nashville's only coach, Barry Trotz, is closing in on his 1,000th game, and will hit that milestone Saturday against Montreal. The Predators have lost only twice in eight road games, and goalie Pekka Rinne made big news last week by signing a seven-year, $49-million contract extension. —Lisa Dillman
February 26, 2011
Loui Eriksson scored a go-ahead, power-play goal with 3:42 left to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory Saturday and send the Nashville Predators to their fourth loss in a row. While Shea Weber served a boarding penalty, Eriksson set up in front of the net and redirected newly acquired defenseman Alex Goligoski's shot past Pekka Rinne for his 21st goal. Earlier in the third period, Goligoski scored his first goal since he was acquired by the Stars from Pittsburgh on Monday. Tom Wandell added a goal, and Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars, who snapped their season-worst five-game losing streak Thursday at Detroit.
April 23, 2011 |
Either way, the Ducks go home after playing the Nashville Predators on Sunday night. They could be returning to Anaheim to get ready for Game 7, with chance to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Or they could be headed back to tie up loose ends and for chitchat about tee times and family vacations. "If you don't recognize the situation going into this game, then there is something wrong with you," forward Bobby Ryan said. The Ducks were 36 seconds from taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series Friday when Nashville's Shea Weber scored, sending the game into forcing overtime.
January 26, 2013 |
The nameplate above Viktor Fasth's locker is misspelled, but the Ducks' new backup goaltender established his identity to everyone else Saturday. Fasth stopped all three shootout attempts by the Nashville Predators in his NHL debut, definitively stopping and gloving with his right hand a final effort by David Legwand to clinch the triumph. "I feel great," Fasth said on the ice afterward. "That's why you want to be a goalie. " Corey Perry rifled the game-winner in the shootout, wristing a shot to the left of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
November 7, 2011 |
+ Goaltender Pekka Rinne will buy dinner for his Nashville teammates for a while after signing a seven-year, $49-million contract extension. That's pricey but a great investment if it convinces free-agents-in-waiting Shea Weber and Ryan Suter that the Predators mean business and they should stay in Music City. + Winger Eric Nystrom has scored three goals in eight games since Dallas, which needed to reach the salary floor, paid full price to acquire him from Minnesota instead of claiming him for half price on waivers.
April 25, 2012 |
Jonathan Quick 's stoic manner undoubtedly kept him sane while the Kings gave him precious little scoring support. But surely he let loose and celebrated Wednesday after learning he's a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender? "Yeah," Kings teammate Jarret Stoll said. "The opposite of what you just said. " Quick reacted calmly to news that he's vying for the Vezina with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.