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Desjardins Post-Game: Predators vs. Habs – March 24st, 2015

The Montreal Canadiens lose in overtime in a goalie duel that saw the team hit 100 points this season. Your Habs lose 3-2 and the gang is here to break it down for you. Join Corey Collard, Sean Lloyd, Steve Farnham and Kelly Grieg as they discuss the loss and what it means for the Canadiens.

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Desjardins Pre-Game: Predators vs. Habs – March 24st, 2015

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Join Steve Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Kelly Grieg as they preview the tonights game in Nashville between the Predators and the Montreal Canadiens. We are also joined in the second by Cutler Klein from predlines.com and @globalpucktalk “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca.

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MHT Post-Game: Preds vs. Habs – Jan. 20th, 2015

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Despite being heavily outshot throughout the game, the return of Carey Price and contributions from P.K. Subban and Alex Galchenyuk led the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators. Join Corey Collard, along with Sean Lloyd, Steve Farnham and Coach Kas they break it all down.

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MHT Pre-Game: Preds vs. Habs – Jan. 20th, 2015

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they preview tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. Mark Harris from predlines.com joins the gang from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Predators – Dec. 21st, 2013

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“Wee” Davey Desharnais scored in overtime on his best shift of the season thus far, giving the Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators going into the Christmas break. Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Matt Casavant, Paolo Mingarelli and Coach K as they break it all down.

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Defense first focus in “Smashville”

To think that a team can lose a Norris candidate to the market one year and then, one season later, draft the most NHL ready defenseman in the draft is heartwarming. Seth Jones was ranked #1 in the 2013 draft and many were surprised to see him fall to #4 but none more than Preds management who jumped on the opportunity to bring back the Defense that has brought them to the playoffs the 3 previous seasons. With a lot of potential prospects making the jump on offense there is some concern of their NHL readiness. Bringing back the defense first mentality is the best way to get the Nashville crowd back into playoff madness.

Last season, the predators finished 29th in goals for. This season they hope to address that issue by bringing in role players like Matt Hendricks, Eric Nystrom and Matt Cullen, (Cullen also adds defensive prowess to the checking line) all in attempts to fill in the bottom 6. Nashville has been patient allowing its prospects to grow and mature by playing in the farm. Austin Watson stands out and with a 6’4” frame and the ability to put the puck in the net, so one can justify Nashville for calling up that 21 year old. Gabriel Bourque and Colin Wilson suffered injuries last year, missing a total of 35 games between them, which unfortunately took a toll on the Preds. Both are expected to play this season. The push to sign speedy winger Viktor Stalberg could be a sleeper move. Relegated to third line duties in Chicago in large part as a result of their depth, Stalberg comes in with the expectation to produce. David Legwand, Mike Fisher and Patrick Hornqvist will be the backbone of the Preds offense. They will be expected to contribute not only to goal scoring, but to goal prevention. For years, this has been the motto and will continue to be throughout this season.

The captain of the Preds will find that this season may go smoother than last. At the draft there was already talk from the Predators camp that Seth Jones would step in and play immediately with the Captain. Developing Jones on the top line, while giving Weber support on both ends of the ice, could mean trouble for the opposition. Without putting too much pressure on the 18 year old, there is support down the D- line if things look shaky at the start with the likes of  Roman Josi and Kevin Klein.  Kleinwho became a staple on the Penalty kill last season, has a good shot and puts his body on the line. Josi could use some work defensively but offers a good offensive upside and has signed a 7 year extension thereby showing his commitment to the team. Long time prospect Ryan Ellis will need to step his game up this season. He has the ability to move the puck but his consistency is still a question mark. With less pressure this season it could be a blessing in disguise for the defender.

Pekka Rinne had an off-year last season, but then so did the entire team after losing Ryan Suter to the Wild and enduring injuries to the forwards, it essentially became a perfect storm even for a Vezina caliber goaltender. Add to that a re-tooled blueline and some more grit up front, as well as a long off-season to recover from a nagging hip injury that goaltender Rinne will be back to form.

Nashville struggled heavily on the road last year (5-14-5) and will need to turn that around this season. On home ice, the Preds have accounted for 24 wins in each of the last 3 full seasons. With the number of changes in the rosters the Preds needed only one missing piece to bring back what worked for them in the past. The number 3 spot in the division is up for grabs and they’ll likely be holding it off by years end.

 

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