April 12, 2012 |
Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Thursday for slamming Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of their playoff series opener Wednesday. The fine for Weber, who was given a minor roughing penalty on the play, was the maximum penalty allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Zetterberg, who says his helmet was cracked by the shove, is expected to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Friday.
January 30, 2012 |
The All-Star game is history — bonus points if you can remember who played for which team — and the best part of the NHL season will begin Tuesday. The scramble for playoff berths intensifies and general managers must decide if they'll be buyers or sellers at the Feb. 27 trading deadline. The cutoff for playoff qualifiers last season was 93 points in the East and 97 in the West, and those numbers should be about the same. Although positions within the top eight might change, teams that weren't in playoff spots at the All-Star break are unlikely to reach the playoffs.
April 24, 2011 |
Reporting from Nashville The Ducks made NHL history Sunday. It may not be a story Teemu Selanne tells when his grandkids cluster around him, but the fact is this will always be the answer to a Tennessee trivia question: Whom did Nashville beat to finally win a Stanley Cup playoff series? Answer: The Ducks. Ducks-Predators Game 6 box score The Predators, only two days removed from the giddy feeling that came from stealing Game 5, found even greater happiness at home.
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.
April 22, 2011 |
Nashville's Jerred Smithson slid down the slot, between two Ducks players, and was there to make even Teemu Selanne stray momentarily from his relentlessly optimistic path. "That was tough to swallow," Selanne said after Smithson's goal turned the Ducks' near-victory into 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators on Friday at Honda Center. Smithson's goal, 1 minute 57 seconds into overtime, came after Nashville had tied the game with only 35 seconds left in regulation on a goal by defenseman Shea Weber.
April 10, 2011 |
No. 4 DUCKS VS. NO. 5 NASHVILLE The Ducks faced the Nashville Predators four times this season. The Ducks won only the second game, 5-4, Nov. 7 at Anaheim. The Predators won, 4-1, at home Oct. 9, and by the same score at Anaheim on Jan. 5. The Predators won the teams' final meeting, 5-4, at Nashville on March 24. Goaltender Jonas Hiller started for the Ducks but couldn't finish and hasn't played since then. REGULAR-SEASON RECORDS DUCKS: 47-30-5 PREDATORS: 44-27-11 TOP SCORERS DUCKS: Corey Perry 50 goals (1st in NHL)