Even as the Predators picked up a win last night (ending at a reasonable hour too), there are still some worries with the long change. The long change happens in the second period (really, considering how this series is going, I should say even periods) when a team’s defensive zone is on the opposite side of the ice from its bench.
Individual play is just as important as team play in the NHL. Two NHL trophies that are awarded each year to individuals are up for Pekka Rinne’s grab. The Vezina trophy goes to the best goalie in the league, while the Masterton Trophy goes to the player (not just goalie) who has played at the highest level and has overcome challenges.
I break down his chances to win over the competition over on TWH.
My first post over at The Hockey Writers, a hockey commentary site, considers what might be in the Predators’ best interest going forward through the rest of the regular season. If the Predators value Lord Stanley over the President they might want to sit goalie Pekka Rinne for much of the final month of regular season hockey.
Detroit and Nashville used to see a lot of each other when both played in the Western Conference’s stacked central division. They have fewer opportunities to square off since Detroit’s move to the Eastern Conference this year, though, so each meeting takes on greater importance. Continue reading →