Nashville Dreams, Nightmare Head Checks

From the NY Times Slap Shot blog:

The Rodney Dangerfield of the N.H.L, the Nashville Predators, are the
only club unbeaten in regulation this season. They’ve earned 13 of a
possible 16 points with five wins and three overtime losses, good enough
to be first overall in the league.

They are never discussed as one of the better teams in hockey,
because they have no playoff success. But almost annually, Nashville
sneaks up on everyone and puts a scare in their post-season opponents.
In two of the last three seasons, the team that knocked them out in the
first round went on to win the Stanley Cup, but not without some
anxious moments
.

It is early and the Western Conference is strong, but imagining a
Predators playoff run this year is no wild dream.

The difference this season is their strong start. Last season, after
eight games, they had only won once in regulation and lost six straight.

This weekend, their two road wins came without their best all-around
defenseman, Ryan Suter, and against two of the league’s early surprise
teams. They shut out Dallas, 1-0, with goalie Pekka Rinne stopping all
30 shots he faced. Then, following a flight that didn’t land until 3
a.m., they polished off Tampa Bay, 4-3, behind rookie goalie Anders
Lindback, who turned aside 42 Lightning shots.

Lindback is 6-foot-6 and Rinne is listed as 6-foot-5. That’s
literally standing tall in goal. Play-by-play man Pete Weber remarked
during the post-game wrap from Tampa (video)
that the Predators have “almost 13 feet of goaltender” this season.
It’s no joke that these two have combined for a .939 save percentage,
second in the league to Boston’s .946 (which is all thanks to Tim
Thomas’s great start).

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183 Comments

  1. HabFanSince72 says:

    You made sense until the Kovy diss.

     

  2. HabFanSince72 says:

    Actually, he did mention Frankie B.

     

  3. RJB says:

    I enjoy everything Stu has contributed, I also don’t think Kovalev should be allowed near the Habs again with a 10 ft pole. But I gotta say, when he is in the zone he is something else to watch, and he also seems like a genuine kinda guy. I’m glad hes not our head-case anymore, but gee has he got talent!

     

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  4. OneTimer says:

    Hahahah, Geocities, that’s gold…fbkj, I approve. you silenced the rabbit with the annoying posts :)

  5. BJT says:

    Actually, I’ll have you know, my noodle has not been crimped. (Wow, that sounds really cool, I must admit.)

    And I said that you know he’ll pot 25 this year… can’t remember if I said “at least” or not, but I meant to, and now assuming I did say/type that (if I did not then this is void, you can stop reading now) then you agreed with me by saying that Gio is gonna get 30.

    Something else, why you saying “the Artiste”? It’s like me saying “le artist”. Pick a language, geez! Haha, but seriously, I couldn’t care less how many Kovy I or Kovy II are getting, it’s irrelevant, unless, of course, you think he’s legit when he says he wants to retire here.

     

    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  6. Bugs says:

    Don’t tell me what I know or don’t know, BJ, ok? I’ll do that, thanks.

    I say Gio’ll pot 30 this year. How do you like that? Puts a crimp in your noodle, that’n, eh?

    Thing is, the Artiste has double NOW, and scored 37 for us two’n’half years ago.

    Again: just sayin…

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  7. fbkj says:

    busy doing what?

    blogging about the habs properly, obviously not

  8. Bugs says:

    I suppose…

    Just…no leafer elevator music, aw’ight? I mean, one little thing, please, no leafer elevator music is all I ask.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  9. BJT says:

    What’s that? Some dude playing on our 4th line we’re paying 600k per year has 1 less goal than kovy does?

    Yeah, yeah, I know that Gio has the same amount as that “dude playing on our 4th line we’re paying 600k per year” and thusly my point is voided, but see, that ISN’T my point. My point is it’s early, get off of Gio. Dude’s gonna pot 25 this year & you know it.

     

    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  10. joeybarrie says:

    Think about it like elevator music. You may not like it, but you don’t skip the trip to the top floor because of it… Ride it, enjoy it and speak to someone over the music.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. Bugs says:

    Holy smokes; I didn’t see those two new ones.

    The Bro’s been busy.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  12. Bugs says:

    Dedicated at not breaking our b*lls with whole articles pertaining to stuff that might not interest us in the slightest, but quick and easy links to’em if we do?

    At that, he is the master.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  13. joeybarrie says:

    You are correct. The difference is nightguy is simply more dedicated than Disco Stu…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  14. Bugs says:

    I have noticed in my time on this site that WHATEVER article has TOP BILLING on the main page accumulates the most recent posts.

    So that therefore, these stats you privilege us with are hardly indicative of the article’s popularity.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  15. Bugs says:

    So, he gets a whole page to post one link whereas our beloved poster Nightdude 49 can post IT and six others in ONE post?

    I’m hardly impressed…

    Nightdude 49 does all this and more before 8 am. Am I wrong?

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  16. sm00re says:

    HA! Well done!

  17. Bugs says:

    Oh, hey, maybe that’s why. He tried and it didn’t go through?

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  18. joeybarrie says:

    Isnt the title of this article a LINK to the entire article???

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  19. joeybarrie says:

    You missed an E in the website… Wouldn’t make sense like that.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Prospect update:

    Not a good night for D Jarred Tinordi of the London Knights, got caught on a tripping call that became the tying PPG for the Kitchener Rangers, ending a 2-1 lead by the Knights in what ended up being a 3-2 win for the Rangers. He maintained an even differential for the rest of the game but for me, I always hang a minus on any player whose in the box when a goal is scored.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  21. fbkj says:

    i agree nobody cares about the preds but to crap on an established writer for contributing here, with some gems, is insane, its clearly indicative and correlates to my theory, those that love kovalev, know little about hockey, hence why disco stu upsets you

  22. Bugs says:

    Yeah, baby!

    Man, that’s what I shoulda said…

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  23. Bugs says:

    What’s wrong with a link?

    “In case you wanna read sumpin about the Preds, here’s a link.” What’s wrong with that?

    But moving a whole bit over here to start a debate about a team we’ve never cared about before seems a little like irrelevant vanity fair to me.

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  24. fbkj says:

    i mean seriously look at that

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

    ive seen porn stars twitter pages with more punch

    glad you didnt register with geocities, welcome to the 90’s?

  25. HardHabits says:

    Make him earn that fat new pay check.


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