On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders donned the infamous “Fisherman” jerseys to honor their history and the time they’ve spent at Nassau Coliseum. In exactly a month, the Phoenix Coyotes will don the same jerseys they wore in their debut season – the kachina threads that became best known for looking like something Picasso would have designed.
But what are the jerseys we’d most like to see make a comeback? With the advent of the Winter Classic and Stadium Series games, retro jerseys have a very clear place in today’s NHL, so it opens up the door for jersey lovers to let their minds wonder. These are the top 10 extinct jerseys that we’d like to see come back to life – even if only for a night. Read more
Pekka Rinne’s return to the Nashville lineup tonight doesn’t just mean the team is getting their starting goaltender back, it means the Western Conference leading Predators will have their best and most important player back in the lineup.
Rinne, 32, has been unbelievable this season. In what many thought would be a transition year for the Predators under new coach Peter Laviolette, Rinne has flourished, quieting critics that said former coach Barry Trotz’s defensive style was a big reason for Rinne’s spectacular play. And when Rinne went down with an injury his value – and claim to the throne as Nashville’s MVP – became extremely evident. Read more
Over the past 16 years, Nashville has turned itself into a legitimate hockey town. On Tuesday night, they were part of a scene that distinctly screamed, “hockey fans.”
During the typical pre-game rituals, Predators anthem singer Brett Kissell asked the fans to join him in the singing of the Canadian national anthem. Not only did the fans join in, they took over and carried an entire verse of ‘O Canada,’ something you don’t often see south of the 45th parallel. Read more
Predators goalie Carter Hutton didn’t have his best game against Toronto Tuesday night, surrendering a soft go-ahead goal to Maple Leafs forward Mike Santorelli early in the third period. But after his team regained the lead in front of a raucous home crowd, Hutton preserved the win by making arguably the best save any NHL goalie has made this season.
With Nashville hanging onto a one-goal lead and just three minutes left to play in regulation time, Hutton first got some help from the post on a Daniel Winnik shot. But on the secondary scoring opportunity, a wobbly and redirected puck gets past him and Hutton twists backward and somehow bats the puck away to prevent what would have been a surefire goal: Read more
COLUMBUS – Well, that was some “showcase of skill” wasn’t it? Unless of course, you consider bodychecking, backchecking, stopping pucks and skating hard for pucks to be valuable skills.
There’s a good chance that you’ve forgotten whether Team Toews or Team Foligno won as you read this. But it was a good weekend and good on the city of Columbus for being so hospitable and welcoming. And good on the players for letting their hair down a little and letting the fans in on the fun.
Now to more important matters, specifically the second half and stretch run leading up to the playoffs. Here are 10 storylines that should provide some compelling moments as we hit the most crucial part of the season: Read more
Zdeno Chara may not be in Columbus for All-Star weekend, but he’s certainly going to be hearing about Shea Weber’s booming blast that nearly unseated his Hardest Shot Competition record.
Weber, the Nashville Predators blueliner who has put pucks through the net on more than one occasion and blasted holes in the boards with his booming slapshot, stepped up and fired an absolute laser during one of the night’s most famous events. Blink and you’ll miss it. Read more
COLUMBUS – All right, so Shea Weber wins the hardest shot competition after finishing as runner-up three times. This is the same Shea Weber who has been a finalist, but not a winner, of the Norris Trophy in each of the past four seasons.
Soooo, if he’s finally removed the hardest shot monkey off his back, it only stands to reason we should be expecting an addition to his trophy case after the season, right?
“I know where you’re going with this,” Weber told thn.com after winning the event with a 108.5 blast, the second hardest shot in the history of the event. “I’m not going there.” Read more
COLUMBUS – Filip Forsberg went from having no cars to owning two in record time. The Nashville Predators rookie, who has been bumming rides from teammate Mattias Ekholm most of his first season in the NHL, bought a new Jaguar recently, then won a Honda Accord for being taken last overall in the all-star fantasy draft.
In a recent piece on Forsberg in THN’s Rookie Issue, Forsberg talked about not having a set of wheels. “That might change soon,” he said. Little did he know at the time he was going to have one too many cars before long.
“It was just a really fun thing to be here with the guys,” Forsberg said. “Hopefully I can play in another All-Star Game and move up in the draft in the future. And I get a car out of this. That’s not too bad either.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers, who was chosen second last in a fan vote, also received a Honda Accord. No word on whether it was equipped with a block heater.
Both Forsberg and Nugent-Hopkins said they would likely give the new car to a family member, “but you can never have too many cars,” Forsberg said.
Nugent-Hopkins said he expects members of his family back in Burnaby, B.C. will be vying for the prize.
“I’m expecting a few calls from family members lobbying for it,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “We’ll see who gets it.”