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On the Forecheck Mar 30, 2021
Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars 3/30/21: Marching On

Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars 3/30/21: Marching On

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The Preds have won five in a row. Let’s make it six? Nashville Predators The Predators announced on Monday that Kasimir Kaskisuo will return to the practice squad. This is good news and suggests that Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne are both in game shape for tonight’s contest. All three Finns are healthy at this time. Filip Forsberg’s status hasn’t been specified, however. He didn’t play in either game against the Blackhawks. Matt Duchene, Ryan Ellis, Luca Sbisa, and Mark Borowiecki remain injured and unavailable. Eeli Tolvanen has...
On the Forecheck Mar 28, 2021
Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2: Let’s go dancing

Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2: Let’s go dancing

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The Wild Card is ours! The Nashville Predators took on the Chicago Blackhawks again tonight in the second game of their back-to-back. What were the storylines, who stood out, and where does the team go from here? All that below. What went right? The first period was clinical work by the Predators. In terms of shot generation, special teams, and overall process, Nashville repeated their performance from last night through twenty minutes. Pekka Rinne looked great, the forecheck was retrieving pucks, and everything was swell. Viktor Arvidsson and...
On the Forecheck Mar 21, 2021
Nashville Predators 4, Dallas Stars 3 (SO): Top line activates, gives Preds win

Nashville Predators 4, Dallas Stars 3 (SO): Top line activates, gives Preds win

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The Predators eventually won a weird one tonight. The Nashville Predators concluded their long, long road trip with a swing west tonight, taking on the Dallas Stars while still shorthanded. Pekka Rinne was back in the starter’s crease after two games off, while Mikael Granlund was out day-to-day. Fortunately for us all, the Preds started this game off much more evenly than they did last night’s game against the Florida Panthers. While they didn’t look great, they looked reasonably competent, got some time in the offensive zone, and...
On the Forecheck Mar 21, 2021
Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Perseverance

Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Perseverance

Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports We’re perseverating, anyway. I don’t know about the Preds. Recap: Nashville Predators 0, Florida Panthers 2: Saros stellar in Preds debacle | On the ForecheckIf you turned off the game when the Panthers had 10 shots on goal and the Preds had 2, you already know how it went. Catch up with the recap anyway if you'd like to see me calling Radko Gudas a coward and giving Pekka Rinne, who didn't even play, the Preds' third star of the game. NHL Trade Deadline: Predators changes can start with Ekholm trade | ProHockeyTalkThanks, I hate it...
On the Forecheck Mar 18, 2021
Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Florida Panthers 3/18/21: Catnip

Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Florida Panthers 3/18/21: Catnip

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The Preds are in the Sunshine State (still) to face the Panthers tonight. Nashville Predators Ah, trade season. This time, it’s less of “who will Nashville overpay for?” and more of “who will Nashville trade?” Mattias Ekholm and Mikael Granlund seem to be the big names in play, however, I could see GM David Poile parting with Rocco Grimaldi, Nick Cousins, or Erik Haula, too. Pekka Rinne has started a ridiculous number of games lately...I’m not sure if HC John Hynes refuses to trust Kasimir Kaskisuo or if he just wants to ride...
On the Forecheck Mar 15, 2021
The Philadelphia Flyers are a cautionary tale

The Philadelphia Flyers are a cautionary tale

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Despite their recent turnaround, Philly is an example of the perils of a half-committed rebuild. Rebuilds are simple in concept, but difficult to execute. Often GMs are reluctant to go all-in on a rebuild when ownership expects a competent team that sells tickets and merchandise, but as our very own Kate R has illustrated with the case of the Buffalo Sabres, going scorched earth can have its drawbacks as well. As the Pekka Rinne era comes to a close in Nashville, some fans still cling to the hope that the Predators will claw their way...

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