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The Barry Trotz I Knew

The Barry Trotz I Knew

The Nashville Predators have fired their first and only Head Coach, Barry Trotz. That action has been and will be dissected for some time, and the pros and cons of that decision will be passionately debated among the fans of the team. Trotz has been described as a good coach that couldn’t get the team [...]

There Goes the Neighborhood…Team

There Goes the Neighborhood…Team

It’s been a while since we’ve written, faithful readers. Largely because we wrote back in September about this season was going to pan out, with a highly on point degree of accuracy. We predicted injuries- specifically Evgeny Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky from overuse at their ages. We predicted the missing the playoffs that was inevitable [...]

Predators Win a Wild One Against the Blackhawks

Predators Win a Wild One Against the Blackhawks

Two games to go in the season, games that are meaningless for the Nashville Predators. The first of those games would be at Bridgestone Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks. Would the Predators mail it in against the powerful Hawks? Absolutely not! The Predators won a wild affair 7-5 in front of a capacity crowd that [...]

Predators Have Some Fight Left, Defeat the Coyotes 2-0

Predators Have Some Fight Left, Defeat the Coyotes 2-0

The playoffs will not happen for the Nashville Predators this season. That doesn’t mean that their remaining games are meaningless. The Predators defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 at Bridgestone Arena, and showed they still have a lot of fight and pride in their game. They managed to send the crowd home happy on fan appreciation [...]

Predators Stopped By the Stars In a Shootout

Predators Stopped By the Stars In a Shootout

The Nashville Predators are in desperation mode. Not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Predators have to win out and get some help from teams in front of them. Their first step in the process was to capture a win at the American Airlines Center against the Dallas Stars. The Predators did not start [...]

Predators Stop the Sharks 3-0

Predators Stop the Sharks 3-0

Who are these guys? After struggling to generate offense much of the season, the Predators have suddenly found their offense. After destroying the Anaheim Ducks the night before, the Predators erupted for 3 goals in the second period of their game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on the way to a 3-0 [...]

Predators Step On the Ducks 5-2

Predators Step On the Ducks 5-2

The Nashville Predators have struggled on offense this season. The Anaheim Ducks have scored goals in bunches. In their contest in Anaheim, the team reversed roles, as the Predators exploded for four first period goals on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Ducks. The first period was one where the Predators attacked the [...]

The Predators Problem: Philosophy, Personnel, and Preparation

The Predators Problem: Philosophy, Personnel, and Preparation

The struggling Nashville Predators are going to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season. That has prompted rumblings among the fan base that it is time for head Coach Barry Trotz, General manager David Poile, or both to go. Fans are disgruntled over the lack of offense, the perceived strictures of the Predators “system” [...]

Predators Shoot Down the Capitals In a Shoot Out

Predators Shoot Down the Capitals In a Shoot Out

Our elected leaders in Washington are a pretty dysfunctional bunch. The hockey team in Washington is pretty dang good. The Capitals brought their high octane offense to Smashville to face the Predators, who were struggling to get above .500, and the Predators managed to find enough offense to outlast the Capital in a shootout to [...]

Stars Stomp the Predators 7-3

Stars Stomp the Predators 7-3

The Dallas Stars are a hungry team, fighting for a playoff spot. The Nashville Predators are a team that is playing out the string, waiting for a long offseason. Both teams played their part in their contest at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Predators were absolutely embarrassed by the Stars 7-3 in a [...]

Predators Blast Buffalo 6-1

Predators Blast Buffalo 6-1

The Nashville Predators needed a home win. Dropping 6 straight home games had sapped the energy of the home crowd not to mention the team. The Buffalo Sabres were just what the doctor ordered. The Predators pounded the Sabres 6-1 in front of a happy home crowd at Bridgestone Arena. There was scoring early and [...]

Bergeron Tallies Twice as Bruins Shutout Blackhawks

Bergeron Tallies Twice as Bruins Shutout Blackhawks

BOSTON, MA– For the first time since capturing the Stanley Cup and ripping the proverbial heart out of the city of Boston in a mere seventeen seconds, the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks were back at TD Garden on Thursday evening for a showdown against the Bruins. The two teams had met once earlier this season, a [...]

17 Seconds? Pffff… 17 Reasons to Watch the Blackhawks/Bruins Tonight

17 Seconds? Pffff… 17 Reasons to Watch the Blackhawks/Bruins Tonight

All that’s been made of the 0:17 that the Blackhawks turned Game #6 around and won their 2nd Stanley Cup in 4 years, let’s keep with the theme and check out 17 relevant/random things for tonight’s game: #17. The same number for Boston, Milan Lucic will be surely pumped for this game. Keep your head [...]

Predators Blow Three Leads, Fall to the Avalanche In a SO

Predators Blow Three Leads, Fall to the Avalanche In a SO

The Nashville Predators had every chance to get their first win of the season against the Colorado Avalanche. All they had to do was hold a lead. Yeah…about that “holding the lead” thing. The Predators blew three leads in this game on their way to a disappointing shoot out loss to the Avs. The Predators [...]

The Stars Align in Chicago

The Stars Align in Chicago

Sure, the Dallas Stars are coming into town tonight. They will be a hungry team and have the insane offensive duo of Seguin/Benn (Jamie, that is). These are not the stars I speak of though. In Joel Quenneville talk, Teuvo Teravainen is playing tonight. The stars align and the Hawks young phenom will show Chicago [...]

Rinne Leads the Predators to 2-0 Win Over the Blackhawks

Rinne Leads the Predators to 2-0 Win Over the Blackhawks

The last time the Nashville Predators played the Chicago Blackhawks, it took them about a half period to get their legs going and to make a game of it. In tonight’s contest at the United Center, it took the Predators a bit longer, but once they did, it was good enough to jump out to [...]

New & Improved BLOG and BLACKHAWKS

New & Improved BLOG and BLACKHAWKS

It’s been a Canadian Gold Medal, a Brandon Pirri trade and a Patrick Kane injury since I last blogged. Well those high/low-lights, among others, have been analyzed and over-analyzed by fans over the past weeks as the Blackhawks head into the playoffs. A lot of has happened but I won’t focus too much on the [...]

Predators Win a Wild One Over the Flames 6-5

Predators Win a Wild One Over the Flames 6-5

The Nashville Predators offense can score against the Calgary Flames. Unfortunately, the Predators defense can’t seem to stop the Flames from scoring. The Predators played a wild affair with the Flames at the ScotiaBank Saddledome that saw both teams light up the scoreboard and pull their starting goalies in a game that the Predators eventually [...]

Same Song, Different Verse; Predators Shut Out Again

Same Song, Different Verse; Predators Shut Out Again

The Nashville Predators continued their four game road trip with a stop in Vancouver to face off against the Canucks in a battle of two teams that were struggling to find their game. The Predators were coming off a listless performance the night before against Edmonton and were looking to get their game back to [...]

Predators Embarrass Themselves in 5-1 Loss to the Oilers

Predators Embarrass Themselves in 5-1 Loss to the Oilers

For some reason, the Edmonton Oilers have owned the Predators over the past couple of seasons. There is no doubt that the Oilers have talent up front, but this is a team that has struggled on the blue line and has used six different goalies this season. It didn’t matter in the contest between the [...]