Predators Prospects Report: January | On the Forecheck - Eric’s mid-season report card on the Nashville Predators prospects quenches our pipeline knowledge thirst.
Nashville Ready to Host NWHL All-Star Weekend | NHL.com - This is very exciting for the Nashville community. I’m hoping my husband and I get a chance to at least watch part of the first period before we have to start back to Louisville. How do they handle the potentially overlapping seats of fans who stay and All-Star-Game–only tickets?
Forsberg flips puck over his head | NHL.com - ”Filip Forsberg flips the puck over his head and grabs it in midair before taking it back to his own end to kill time on the Stars’ power play.” I’m adding this again because it was incredible to be in the arena for this play. Be sure to listen with the sound up to hear the crowd reaction!
One from the archives as Doug and Dozer do their stretches to prepare for for their afternoon nap.
Central Division News:
Brent Seabrook denies report that Blackhawks approached him about waiving no-movement clause | Chicago Tribune - Why would anyone think Chicago would do that? He’s got Cups, man.
It’s not pretty, but Blues are happy to be grinding out goals | stltoday.com - First, I think the Nashville Predators could take a page from this book. Second, as usual, things are about to get really interesting in the Central Division playoff race.
Analysis: At this rate, the Avalanche will become a trade-deadline seller | The Denver Post - Okay Debbie Downer, I wouldn’t count the Colorado Avalanche out just yet. They may be looking for a goalie at the deadline, eh?
Stars give fans the ‘Spongebob’ halftime show they asked for | NHL.com - The gauntlet has been thrown down to thirty other game ops! This is really fun.
Other Hockey News:
Playoffs at Nassau Coliseum? NHL owes it to Islanders | Newsday - ”As complicated as the situation is for commissioner Gary Bettman, the decision should be easy. Nassau should win in a landslide.” Come on. You know GB is not going to leave the $$$ from those extra 2,500 seats at Barclay’s slip through the league’s fingers.
Capitals sign netminder Pheonix Copley to three-year extension | Sporting News - When the person who types your birth certificate can’t spell. Seriously though, is Pheonix Copley the next Braden Holtby?
Super Slow Mo: All-Star Weekend | NHL.com - Here we go for the All Star Super Slow Mo! There’s Marc-Andre Fleury on a scooter (with no helmet). Jack Eichel—what is that hair supposed to be? Connor McDavid’s dreams come true as he finally gets one by Pekka Rinne. Seth Jones—too much ice before puck contact. Goalie save! Another one! Three! Pekka Rinne with the helmet save! Pekka—oops. Oops again. I’m sure Roman Josi was in there somewhere, but it’s too hard to tell when everyone has the same jersey.
Who wins the NHL’s Western Conference wild-card playoff spots? | ESPN.com - ”It’s a jumbled mess of teams fighting for the two slots. We debate which clubs will ultimately emerge.” It’s sure to be a photo finish. Who ya got?
NHL players don’t want data to overrule hockey sense | Las Vegas Review-Journal - A) Cue Musa, Paul P and DJ. B) David Pastrnak is only 22? I feel like he has been around forever!
Thrust into adulthood, NHL’s youngest players learn as they go | The Buffalo News - Today’s long read. A great piece about the challenges young players face off the ice when they go straight to the NHL.