A glance at the final score of Saturday’s game, a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, may render a less than ideal reaction. The Nashville Predators weren’t happy with the result, but 45 shots on the net, plus a few attempts which rang off the post, combined with the effort throughout the evening still left plenty of reason for optimism.
They’re moving on and looking ahead to Tuesday’s contest against the Ottawa Senators, but the Preds certainly aren’t feeling bad about themselves on the way there.
“There are so many positive things we can take from the game,” goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “Even though the results [weren’t good], still the guys have to feel good about themselves and how they played. So going forward, I don’t think we need to change anything.”
“We like our game lately; we think we’ve done a lot of good things,” forward Mike Fisher said. “We like where we’re tracking and sometimes you have those games.”
The Senators come into Bridgestone Arena having lost a lead to Carolina on Saturday with four seconds remaining in regulation before falling in overtime to the Hurricanes. The Predators are hoping to take advantage of the time they have at home, with four games remaining until their next road trip. They think if they keep Saturday’s trends up, those pucks that hit the post will find the back of the next once more.
“When we’re playing hard and fast and physical, we’re going to give ourselves a chance a lot of nights,” Fisher said. “Sometimes you’re going to have those nights and more often than not, we’re going to win hockey games if we play like that. We’ve got to have consistent efforts and be hard to play against, especially in our building, and we’ve just got to keep rolling.”
Roster and Injury Notes:
The Predators made two roster moves on Monday morning, recalling goaltender Marek Mazanec from AHL Milwaukee on an emergency basis. The club also placed forward Eric Nystrom, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, on Injured Reserve.
Goaltender Carter Hutton did not practice on Monday, with Head Coach Peter Laviolette calling him, “day-to-day.”
Mazanec, who landed in Nashville on Sunday night after receiving the call, isn’t sure how long he’ll be with the Preds, but is hoping to make the most of his opportunity.
“All I can do is work hard in practice and show the coaches that I’m prepared, and I’m doing all the good things to make it to the next level,” Mazanec said. “It’s always great to watch [Pekka Rinne] because he’s definitely one of the best goalies in the world. Getting more experience is always great and just to be here and have a chance to practice with the best guys.”
Nystrom’s placement on IR was retroactive to Sunday, Nov. 1, meaning he’s already completed the minimum seven days away from game action. The Preds forward has missed the team’s last three games, and Nashville’s coach says his absence has been noticed.
“Nystrom is an important part of the team. He’s a good leader in the room, and he brings a lot of different qualities to your team from playing against top lines, penalty killing, shot blocking, physical play, plus he had three goals, so he’ll be missed,” Laviolette said.
Home for the Holidays:
What did you get your dad for Father’s Day? Wait, you thought you had more time?
OK, breathe. In the United States, you still have more than seven months until Father’s Day dawns on Sunday, June 19. In Sweden, however, the day of celebrating all things paternal was yesterday.
Swedish forward Filip Forsberg had the opportunity to celebrate “Father’s Day” in person with his dad, mom and grandmother, who are in town for the week.
“They’re going to be here for the whole home stretch actually,” Forsberg explained following Monday’s practice. “It’ll be a lot of fun to have them here.”
Forsberg said his father, Patrik, is not only the reason he first got into hockey, but also worked as his coach for several seasons when he was a child.
“No added pressure when I’m playing in front of him,” Forsberg said with a laugh. “Honestly, he was my coach when I was younger too, so he really taught me everything I know about this game.”
Even with Filip emerging as one of the NHL’s most-skilled forwards last season, Patrik still has a word or two of advice at times, although not like he did earlier in Filip’s life.
“He’s still got some tips, but nothing too crazy anymore,” the younger Forsberg said of his dad.
Shot of the Day: