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Happy December! 1-2-1 this week as Mazanec picks up a rookie of the month award and the Preds find themselves literally hurting. Forsberg is still out of the lineup, and both Weber and Klein got injured in the Edmonton game which has made it an interesting week for the rest of the D-unit.
The week started with a 4-0 blowout of Columbus where we limited them to 19 shots and made them look downright silly. Mazanec earned his second shutout in 5 games which contributed to his rookie of the month organization – not that his non-shutout night numbers have been bad. They've actually been quite good.
Read the full player rankings below, and check out last weeks here.
The Preds then dropped a 3-0 game to Edmonton, a 3-2 shootout loss to the bottom of the barrel Flyers (actually they were 6-2-1 going into that game, despite being low in the standings) and finally a 3-1 barn burner against Vancouver. But similar to last week: at least the Preds look into it when they lose now. Start of the season we felt hopeless despair when they lost. It's a bit better now. They are 13-12-3 with just over a third of the season played.
|Matt Cullen||C||1||+1||Cullen steps up and, maybe biasly, takes over the lead of my player rankings. I had a hard time not putting him here last week, but adding another goal and assist to his totals is enough to earn the spot. I though his goal was quite nice a well, as he dove to put it past an out of position Bobrovsky.|
|Mike Fisher||C||2||+6||Two goals in four games this week. More importantly he played in all four games and is still healthy!|
|Colin Wilson||RW||3||+7||Managing 5 points in the past two weeks, including two goals this week, Wilson is starting to look like the player the organization was envisioning a few years ago|
|David Legwand||C||4||-1||Legwand mustered the one goal this week which leaves him 5 points ahead in the point race for the Predators.|
|Patric Hornqvist||RW||5||+1||Hornqvist spent a couple game injured but returned for an assist per game in the two end of week losses|
|Gabriel Bourque||LW||6||-1||Bourque potted two assists this week, further adding some consistency to his point totals over the last few weeks.|
|Marek Mazanec||G||7||0||Mazanec won rookie of the month, which a great accomplishment for him! He is keeping the Preds in some game and has two sutouts in his 12 games played.|
|Nick Spaling||LW||8||+1||Spaling had a goal and an assist this week, keeping some life in the Spaling-Cullen-Smith line. He was also a respectable +/- 0 in the Oilers loss.|
|Craig Smith||RW||9||-8||After a very promising week, Smith managed to stay off the scoresheet in the four games this week. His line was much colder this time through.|
|Roman Josi||D||10||+1||Josi bagged two assists this week and has stepped up in a big way; with 118 career games played, he is now our veteran defenseman.|
|Ryan Ellis||D||11||+6||Ryan Ellis had three assists this week. But he was also responsible for a defensive blunder that lead to a goal.|
|Seth Jones||D||12||+1||Jones is back on the top pairing this week playing with Josi. The Duo is actually doing quite well against the oppositions best lines, all things considered.|
|Viktor Stalberg||LW||13||-1||Stalberg got a goal this week but you just expect more out of him, you know? He had three (by my count) breakaway or near-breakaway chances that he left unfinished.|
|Eric Nystrom||LW||14||+2||Nystrom and Hendiricks are big reasons that our penalty kill was at 25 consecutive kills before a goal at the end of the Vancouver game. Nystrom looks like quite the threat shorthanded too.|
|Matt Hendricks||RW||15||+4||Hendricks is also on that top powerplay unit. He had two great PK plays this week where he spent a good amount of time in the other team's zone allowing the Preds to line change and taking some time off the clock.|
|Paul Gaustad||C||16||-1||The Predators are tied for first (LA) in the league in faceoff percentage, but Gaustad had a pretty shocking week going 3/11 vs Vancouver and 4/9 vs Edmonton|
|Shea Weber||D||17||-13||Weber took a puck to the face and left half way through the Edmonton game. He is currently day to day.|
|Victor Bartley||D||18||0||Bartley is getting more minutes and some powerplay/PK time in the absense of his defensive partners. He's looking ok. Still pointless in 22 games.|
|Matias Ekholm||D||19||+3||Ekholm is back in the lineup thanks to the Weber injury. He wasn't getting much in terms for minutes, playing alongside AHL call up Piskula. But he didn't look too rusty in his time on the ice.|
|Kevin Klein||D||20||-6||Klein injured himself in the Edmonton game and is being re-evaluated in two weeks. He will likely be on the IR at some point – especially if we are able to reactivate Forsberg|
|Joe Piskula||D||21||NA||Piskula was called up from Milwaukee and though he hasn't seen many minues and when he does they are quite sheltered, he hasn't made many glaring errors.|
|Carter Hutton||G||22||+1||He seems in high spirits despite potentially never playing in the NHL again.|
|Rich Clune||RW||23||-3||Clune is a last resort right now for the Preds – only playing because of extensive injuries.|
|Filip Forsberg||RW||24||Moved to IR to accomodate the day to day injuries of Klein and Weber. Apparently his shoulder is worse than we thought|
|Pekka Rinne||G||25||IR for 2 weeks minimum.|