(photo: Viv Lynch)
This past week, the Predators lost 2-1 to the Dallas Stars and 5-3 to the Red Wings. On Saturday it was explained that most of the team seemed to have some type of food poisoning while in Detroit. And always good for an amazing quote, Coach Peter Laviolette had this to say:
Peter Laviolette this AM after answering food poisoning questions: "Nobody wants to talk hockey? Just want to talk throw-up and diarrhea?"
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) October 22, 2016
Eight players including new captain Mike Fisher, forwards Colton Sissons, and Craig Smith, and goalies Pekka Rinne and Marek Mazanec were sick. Because of that, the Preds recalled 5 players on an emergency basis from Milwaukee; goaltender Juuse Saros, forwards Frederick Gaudreau, Trevor Smith, Austin Watson, and Harry Zolnierczyk. In addition, the team placed forward Cody Bass on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
Pekka Rinne says he started feeling sick in 2nd period on Friday in Detroit, tried not to think about it. Finished with 38 saves. #Preds
— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) October 24, 2016
The newly-formed team made up of mostly Admirals players ended up beating the Stanley Cup winning Penguins 5-1 on Saturday night in Nashville. Kevin Fiala, the Preds’ #11 overall 2014 NHL Entry Draft pick, scored his first two goals of the season (his first NHL goal was during the 2015-2016 season) and Viktor Arvidsson also scored twice (Calle Jarnkrok had the other goal). This game was Finnish rookie Juuse Saros’ first NHL win:
“He just looked really poised, looked really comfortable,” Rinne said of Saros. “[Pittsburgh scored early], but the rest of the night, I felt that he just looked super comfortable. he’s obviously he’s agile, he’s fast and he played to his strengths, but at the same time he’s really patient and looked really calm in net. I was really happy to see that. It’s always a big deal when you get your first career NHL win, so it was nice to get that for Juuse.”
Juuse Saros' first NHL win was made more special because it came against Marc-Andre Fleury, an idol of his.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) October 23, 2016
Other Predators Notes:
P.K. Subban is doing some awesome stuff. ESPN did a story on him and how he’s handling his new digs in Nashville (spoiler: he loves it and knows way too many Johnny Cash songs). The Tennessee Titans (NFL) have a thing called “The Titans’ 12th man” which is pretty much the person who pumps up the crowd and P.K. wrote about his experience this Sunday.
— theScore (@theScore) October 23, 2016
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) October 23, 2016
The Predators now have 3 Swiss players on their team. Last season there were 14 Swiss players who appeared in NHL games, the most in the country’s history. Mark Streit, the former Islanders captain (currently a Flyer), was the first Swiss NHL player and that was only in 2005.
Matt Carle gets the only assist on the Fiala goal, his first point as a member of the #Preds.
— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) October 23, 2016
Former Predators News:
– Seth Jones [2013 – 2016] met the real King (sorry Henrik, it’s Lebron James).
– Patric Hornqvist [2005 – 2014] scored twice for the Penguins against the Sharks on Oct 20th (with a Matt Cullen assist for one of the goals)
– Vern Fiddler [2002 – 2009] was the Devils’ player of the game on Oct. 18th
– Kevin Klein [2003 – 2014] was interviewed about making his season debut on Oct 19th for the New York Rangers.
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