Just a little over eighteen hours after the Nashville Predators finished off the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in Nashville, they will play the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena at 4 p.m. this afternoon.
The Predators’ offense against Detroit came from rookies Jon Blum and Blake Geoffrion but the MVP of the game as well as the season was Pekka Rinne who took the lead for the Jennings Trophy (goaltenders for team with fewest goals allowed).
All that is history now as the Preds need to focus on the season’s only meeting with Buffalo who is fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and in eighth place. Buffalo has not played well on home ice this year going 16-16-3. Buffalo is 6-3-1 in their last ten games and shellacked Atlanta 8-2 last night which was also a home game.
The Predators are 6-2-2 in their last ten games ad start the game with 84 points and are ineith place in the Western Conference. A win would move them to the same number of points as fifth place Los Angeles while a loss would move them out of the top eight as Anaheim and Calgary are a point behind the Preds and play each other tonight.
After starting 20 consecutive games dating back to February 5, Pekka Rinne will give up the crease to Anders Lindback (10-5-2, 2.58, .914) who has had plenty of extra practice time with Mitch Korn over the last six weeks and played four games in Milwaukee to get work in.
It is unclear if Ryan Miller (30-21-7, 2.66, .914) will start back to back games for the Sabres or if Patric Lalime (9-5-0, 2.96, .890) or Jhonas Enroth (5-2-1, 2.77, .906) will get the nod.
Anytime the Sabres and Preds play, it has to be mentioned that Barry Trotz and Buffalo's Lindy Ruff are the two most long tenured coaches in the NHL. uff has been with the Sabres since the 1997-98 season while Trotz has been with Nashville since the first game in franchsie history in 1998.
After the game, the Predators will return home to prepare for three more home games this week against Edmonton, Anaheim, and Dallas.
Other previews come from Amanda DiPaolo, Predators.com, The Tennessean, Marc Torrence,
From Buffalo, previews come from Die By The Blade, Black, Blue, and Gold, The Buffalo News, Sabre Noise, WGR, The Gooses Roost, Shots off the Crossbar, and Sabres.com.
Predators Wings Round Up...
Here is our game story from last night with post game video.
Josh Cooper had his postgame ponderings. Bryan Mullen had game story and the notes column.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Teresa Walker, Mark Willoughby, Marc Torrence, Jeremy Gover, Predatorial, Fang Finger Fever, What the Puck, and Hockey Night in Nashville.
The other side of the story comes from MLive, the Detroit Free Press, Winging It in Motown, and the Detroit News.
Audio from the Predators includes Blake Geoffrion, Jon Blum, Shea Weber, and Pekka Rinne. From Detroit we hear from Jimmy Howard, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Coach Mike Babcock.
Finally, this is one not to miss. Puck Daddy has the video of Patrick Eaves geting pushed to the bench by Niklas Kronwall.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass