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Stars shine as Caps handle Predators 4-1

For the first time all season, Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin scored in the same game for the Washington Capitals.

Let me say that again, the first time, all season. 

Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Caps as they beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night at Verizon Center. 

The Caps got off to a fast start with goals from Ovechkin and Backstrom in the first period and never looked back.

"We wanted to get out to a fast start, and I think we did that in the first," said coach Dale Hunter postgame. 

Ovechkin broke in thanks to a great chip off the boards from defenseman Karl...

Caps host Predators, Finding Offense edition

In the past three games, the Washington Capitals have mustered just three total goals. In that same three-game span, the NHL's leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos has managed four tallies. 


The Caps' hunt for offense won't get any easier when they welcome the Nashville Predators to town tonight. The Predators allow just 2.59 goals per game, which ranks in the top half of the NHL in that department. 

They also boast one of the league's very best between the pipes in last year's Vezina Runner-up Pekka Rinne. But the Caps catch a break as it will be backup Anders LIndback in net for the Preds tonight as Rinne will get the night off ...

Preds Have to Start Winning at Home

In the past, the Predators were not known as road warriors. They wouldn’t storm into another team's building and take two points. Nashville got most of its points and wins at Bridgestone Arena, becoming known as one of the best home teams over the past five years. Recently, this has changed. This season, the Preds have the league's 4th best road record at 9-6-1 but they have been struggling at home with a dismal 5-5-3 record, in front of only Carolina and Columbus.

Before the game against the Ducks on Saturday night the Predators had lost four straight on home ice, with the last two games against the Coyotes and the Sabers both tightly contested games that could have g...

Some Preds not rising to the Occasion


Nashville Predators are known around their league for their drafting and being able to get the most out of their players in the line-up. While this year has shown both of those with Preds rookies coming in and playing above their heads, there have been some both rookies and non-rookies who haven’t played they way they should.

First let’s start with Kostitsyn; while he did start off the year strong playing at almost a point a game, he hasn’t been the same since getting injured earlier this month. He missed three games with an upper body injury in the seven games he has played since then he has only 3 points, all coming in one game. Kostitsyn was brought...

Nashville’s own Kid Line

While many people in the hockey world know of the kid line in Edmonton featuring Jordna Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, there may be another one on the rise in Nashville.

Hornqvist, Smith and Wilson have combined to become Nashville’s top line since David  Legwand was injured two games ago and has performed quite well together in those games. While not as young as the Oilers line, the oldest of the trio is Hornqvist at 24, while both Smith and Wilson are 22.

While they aren’t exactly straight out of the draft, none have a ton of NHL experience, the most being Hornqvist who has played 202 regular season game and being in only his 3rd complete seaso...

Pacioretty Pops Puck Past Pekka

Overtime is becoming a friend to the Habs on this road trip. Two games two overtime victories against western conference teams. Peter Budaj, playing in his second game of the season was sensational stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced in a fast paced entertaining game. 

The Nashville Predators played the 1000th game in their history. Barry Trotz also was coaching on this mile-stone night - only the fourth man in the history of the NHL to coach 1000 games with the same team. The others are Al Arbour - Islanders, Lindy Ruff (Sabres), Billy Reah (Blackhawks). 

The Habs out played the Predators in the first period - skating and passing with authority and totally dominati...

In The Rear View: The Sharks' First Month in Review


It was almost exactly a month ago when the Sharks kicked off their 2011-12 season with an opening night win against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Shark Tank. San Jose dominated that game by a score of 6-3, which doesn't really do it justice, considering just how much better the Sharks actually were. This was the first time fans and coaches alike had a chance to see just what this new, and hopefully improved, Sharks team would look like, and it looked good.


But then there were the dark times. A three game stretch where the Sharks played Anaheim, St. Louis, and Anahe...

The 49 Million Dollar Goalie.

Today was Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne’s birthday; also, it was the day he signed a contract worth $49 million over 7 years with the Nashville Predators.

While this is a large contract for a goalie, it was a necessary step for the team as they must establish their team as one that can spend money and is willing to lock up core players. Rinne has been the team MVP both this year and last season and is now certainly being paid like it.

Coming into this season there were a lot of questions as to which or any of the big three for Nashville would stay. Rinne answered the call and was locked up long term; while the contract isn’t cheap, it isn’t a gross o...

Current Road Trip Key for Predators


On Monday night the Predators started their 5 game road trip against the Blackhawks. The Predators did lose in OT, but put up a spirited fight even while missing some key players. In the next 7 days the predators will play 4 games in their west coast swing, with 3 of those teams, being above the Predators in the standings currently, this road trip will be extremely important for the Preds going forward.

IN Nashville’s first 7 of 8 games this season, the Predators played extremely poorly, only managing to stay close thanks to Pekka Rinne. The team was being out shot, out played and generally out scored. After winning their first two games of the season the Predator...

Preds Losing Streak Shows serious Problems


Being a young team in NHL comes with its highs and lows, and the Predators have had a little of one and a lot of the other so far. After starting the season 2-0-0, with two wins against division rivals, the Predators have recently lost 4 in a row going 0-3-1 and giving up 16 goals in those loses.

The Predators decided this year to go through a youth movement while trying to match or better there great season last year. While all seemed good at the beginning, it has quickly turned sour for the Predators. While going on a 4 game losing streak at the beginning of the season is nothing new for the Preds who did it in 09-10, it is still something that you want to avoid, and ...