Pekka Rinne carrying the Preds higher and higher - Monday's notes

Awesome stuff from OTF reader Bouldergeist in last night's Game Thread.

The Nashville Predators just keep on rolling, with 10 wins in their last 12 games heading into tonight's tilt in Calgary (Chris has your Game Preview at the ready). Perhaps the biggest factor in this streak has been the Preds' goaltending, which has given up two goals or less in each of those victories. Since December 31, Pekka Rinne has won 9 of 10 games, with a .951 save percentage and 1.48 goals-against-average. On a team with the 20th-ranked offensive attack and 27th-ranked power play, that consistency in net gives the guys a chance to win every night.

The question tonight is, does Pekka go again, or does Anders Lindback get a chance to rebound from that 6-3 loss in Chicago?

Follow after the jump for all the scoop on last night's win, and a bushel full of hockey news, which includes a statistical analysis of just how good Peks has been this season...

The Preds have 9 home games coming up in the month of February, including dates against the Detroit Red WingsVancouver Canucks, and Chicago Blackhawks. Save some cash and get yourself some discount Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home game.

Nashville Predators News

For recap's of last night's shootout in Edmonton, see Preds On The GlassThe View From 111Section 303Hockey Night in NashvillePredlinesFang Finger Fever, and from the other side of the matchup, The Copper & Blue and Cult of Hockey.

Paul McCann - Western Back-to-Back
Paul looks down the road and sees a very dangerous Oilers team coming along one of these years.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Have No Time To Celebrate Win, Face Calgary Tonight
Buddy's got a full menu of morning links, including the latest Space Shuttle news.

Darren Pang: Part 1 – Milwaukee Memories | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan Miller got the chance to sit down with the longtime color analyst and former NHL goalie to talk about a number of issues, including his time in Milwaukee.

Nashville Predators' Ryan Suter close to NHL stardom - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper profiles the should-be All-Star.

Around the NHL

Stat Nerd Sunday: How to really measure your NHL goalie's value - Puck Daddy
In an analysis which attempts to balance for even-strength vs. special teams ice time, Pekka Rinne ranks awfully well among NHL goaltenders.

Peter Forsberg close to coming back with Avalanche | All Things Avs
Adrian Dater's getting downright giddy (or this tongue-in-cheek? hard to say) over Foppa's attempted comeback. I just can't believe he'll be an effective player any more.

Evgeni Nabokov says Nyet to the New York Islanders - NHL Hot Stove
Despite public assurances that he would go to whichever team claimed him on waivers, the former San Jose goaltender refuses to play for the New York Islanders. Boo-freaking-hoo.

Johnson: Sutter clings to positives as Flames push on - Calgary Herald
They may be #14 in the West, but it's #14 with a bullet, baby!

Greatest Hockey Hockey's First All Star Game: Hod Stuart Memorial Game
A cool history lesson from Joe Pelletier, taking us back to 1908 and an All-Star game organized as a memorial for a charter member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Locked in the Nassau Coliseum - The Buffalo News
After reading this tale of a Buffalo reporter getting locked in the arena after a game against the Islanders, perhaps it makes sense why Evgeni Nabokov refuses to report to them. (Found at Kukla's Korner)

Stars: Absolutely nothing to Eklund rumor - The Dallas Morning News
Mike Heika throws some cold water on garbage from Hockeybuzz. I know the Trade Deadline is exciting, folks, but remember that Eklund passes along all sorts of garbage. It's really not worth paying attention to.

Bob And Cory's All Star Fantasy Mock Draft - Canes Country
The Carolina gang take their stab at projecting this weekend's teams.

Video: Justin Pogge fights Penguins, continues descent into insanity - Puck Daddy
A once-promising prospect appears to have lost his cool once again. Sad stuff, really.

Lottery Pick Update: January 24, 2011 - Silver Seven
It's a race to the bottom as teams angle for the #1 overall draft pick this summer.

Péladeau proposes ‘substantial’ financing for Quebec City NHL arena - The Globe and Mail
As Quebec City continues its drive to bring the NHL back, a local media executive steps forward with an offer to invest in a new state-of-the-art arena.

Atlanta Spirit lied to us about Thrashers? Go figure - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Unfortunate truths are coming out of Atlanta - the ownership and management of the Thrashers have been flat-out lying to the sports fans in that city for years.

'The Maple Leaf' revealed as 23rd NHL Guardian - The Guardian Project
What a sap...

And lastly, your hockey video of the day? Blackhawks goaltender Marty Turco offering his appraisal of Pierre McGuire's "between the benches" work on NBC yesterday:

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