Archive for October 17, 2011
Shots on goal are already becoming a problem for the Predators.
In the season opener on October 7th against Columbus, the Predators were able to came away from the game with a 3-2 win, but were outshot 34-31. The following night, the Predators beat the Blues 4-2 but were heavily outshot 33-16 and relied on goaltender Pekka Rinne to carry the team to pick up the two points.
Nashville then lost the next two games, both at Bridgestone Arena. Thursday’s home opener was a 5-2 loss to Phoenix where the Predators were outshot 31-25. Saturday night, in a 3-2 shootout loss against New Jersey, shots on goal Saturday night were 41-31 in favor of the Devils.
The Nashville Predators feature a local blog each week on their official website. This week, Inside Smashville writes about former teammates who reunite as members of the Predators organization.
Former teammates reunite as part of the Nashville Predators
By Amanda DiPaolo — InsideSmashville.com
The Predators organization drafted 17 players on their current 23-man roster. Through free agent signings and trades, however, the roster also includes several combinations of players who were teammates on different teams before making the Predators squad.
Nick Spaling and Matt Halischuk played together in Junior for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League and were even linemates.
“It’s fun”, Halischuk said about reuniting with Spaling in Nashville.
Halischuk was a 4th round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2007 but was sent to Nashville in the trade that saw Jason Arnott go back to the Devils in June 2010. “Obviously, it is cool to meet up with guys down in your career. We both went our own ways after Junior. It’s exciting to play with him again.”
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