Before you set those rosters for another big weekend of NHL action (all 30 teams will be on the ice Saturday night!), be sure to check below for which Nashville Predators should be in your lineup, or on the bench...Start 'em
Despite the team's overall offensive problems, the dynamic defense duo of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter will be included in a large portion of any Nashville goals. J.P. Dumont appears to be back in form after missing several early games, and is creating chances for his teammates once again. In goal, Dan Ellis has been the better of the Predators goaltenders so far, and is likely to earn the majority of the starts for the week ahead.
|2009 - J.P. Dumont||5||2||5||7||3||0||0||0||0||0||9||22.2|
|2009 - Ryan Suter||9||2||4||6||1||8||1||0||0||0||14||14.3|
|2009 - Shea Weber||9||3||3||6||1||4||1||0||1||0||28||10.7|
GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Dan Ellis
|2009 - Dan Ellis||6||295||2||2||14||2.85||140||126||.900||0|
Martin Erat and David Legwand still can't buy a point, even when the team lit up Ottawa for six goals Thursday night. Legwand has lost the bulk of his power play duty, while Erat has slipped to 3rd among Nashville's wingers in PP ice time behind Sullivan and Hornqvist.
Pekka Rinne has been up and down so far, and gave up 5 third-period goals in Ottawa Thursday night. Until he puts together two or three strong starts in a row, he should probably be set aside.
On the Fence
Steve Sullivan has recently played on a line with Erat and Legwand, which could be the kiss of death to his scoring, or provide the spark needed to get those two started. At this point, it's a risky prospect.
Patric Hornqvist falls into this category as well; he benefited greatly playing alongside Arnott, but is still getting lots of PP time and putting shots on net, so the opportunity is there for him to contribute.