So, P.K. Subban is skating alone, Kyle Turris is practicing non-contact, but Austin Watson is in a walking boot. When it rains, it pours.
Good news: apparently Kyle Turris skated in practice in a non contact jersey.— Alex Daugherty (@AlexDaugherty1) December 10, 2018
Bad news: Austin Watson seen wearing a walking boot. #Preds
Poile inspired by father on way to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame | NHL.com - Some very nice words about David Poile in advance of his induction to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Let’s get this deserving man his Stanley Cup boys.
The Week That Was: Week 9 | On the Forecheck - After attending Saturday’s game, I was in a pretty positive mood going into the week. Coming out - not so much. Also, my first comment has the link to the Christmas shopping segment that includes Anthony Bitetto riding a unicorn.
Nashville Predators Prospects Report: November | On the Forecheck - A look at the Nashville Predators pipeline. I really hope we hang on to our picks this year. I think some restocking is in order.
Our visit with the puppers is from six days ago. This is too adorable.
Central Division News:
Joel Quenneville’s Blackhawks vs. Jeremy Colliton’s Blackhawks | Chicago Sun-Times - Apparently firing coach Joel Quenneville didn’t improve the Chicago Blackhawks. Guess Mr. Bowman didn’t stop to think Coach Q might have been all that was holding them together.
More empty seats, more boos as Blues flop again after big win | St. Louis Blues | stltoday.com - Coach Berube is “very disappointed” in the veterans (before yesterday’s fight at practice) and “We’re going to keep at it, we’re going to keep pounding it in their heads until they get it. That’s it.”. Yep, that should do it.
With Boudreau concerned, MN Wild look to pick up pieces of their shattered game | Twin Cities Pioneer Press - ”Over his past seven starts, Devan Dubnyk is 1-4 with a 4.36 goals-against average and .837 save percentage — statistics warped when he allowed three goals on seven shots in Friday night’s 7-2 blowout loss to Edmonton.” Ouch.
Other Hockey News:
Stewart, former NHL referee, had unique path to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame | NHL.com - I really enjoyed this exploration of Paul Stewart’s route to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
NHL’s willful disregard for broken playoff system getting ridiculous | New York Post - There are some pretty hot takes toward the bottom. “Finally, I believe that was Mr. Ryan Reaves speaking on behalf of the NHLPA rank-and-file as to the matter of Tom Wilson. If you are expecting pearl-clutching, you are in the wrong place.” However, I have to agree in substance with the playoff format rant. I just do not see the advantage of having some of the best teams assured of exiting in the first round.
Hutton optimistic following Monday’s practice | NHL.com - I did not know Carter Hutton had been injured. He and Coach Housley giving the great interview as always. Carter Hutton must have a broadcasting career when he hangs them up.
Super Slow Mo: Week 9 | NHL.com - Actually I’m expecting the Predators sightings to be low this week. Hi Craig Smith! Nice shot. Waiting....Good to see the Penguins back in black. Goalies getting humiliated early on. Ryan Ellis! Kaboom! Welcome back. A Goalie Save! X2! X3! - wait, did he catch that off the post? X4! Wow! Yawn....Well at least Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros weren’t part of the goalie humiliation.
NHL Pucks Will Change Color When Ready at the 2019 Winter Classic | SportTechie - Don’t get me wrong, I think this is cool. But is anyone else flashing back to that weird puck tracking thing they tried for TV? (And I’m sure they’ve checked the referees for color blindness right?)
Humboldt survivor Ryan Straschnitzki in Alberta bus accident | ESPN - Attention hockey gods - this kid and his family have had their share. Lay off!