Predators Player Rankings – Week 8

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We ended the road trip with an additional lost to Pittsburgh, where we actually opened the scoring before dropping 4 goals. But what a bounce back the very next day. After traveling back to Bridgstone and stopping home for kisses with the family, the Predators lit up Chicago 7-2 on home ice. They were able to carry the momentum into their next match up, where they shut out past arch-nemesis Detroit. Mazanec played in both wins and looked quite calm in nets. The 10 goals this week were scored by 8 different players … including two powerplay markers from the captain. 

Read the full player rankings below, and check out last weeks here.

Player Position Rank Movement Short Description
Patric Hornqvist RW 1 0 Hornqvist shares the team lead in goals, and had a powerplay marker against Chicago along with an assist in the same game. Although he only has 6 goals, he does seem to be getting consistent results with his heavy presence at the top of the crease.
David Legwand C 2 0 Point leader for the Preds, Legwand got three assists this week to bring his totals to 18 points in 21 games. He is off to a very impressive start – his season point record is 53 points, which he'll break if he keeps anywhere near this pace. 
Shea Weber D 3 +5 2 Powerplay goals, including the game winner against Detroit, along with a power play assist to boot. 8 of Weber's 11 points have come on the PP this season. His -7 is a bit iffy though. 
Craig Smith RW 4 +2 Big game against the Blackhawks, with 1 goal and two assists for Smith. His line has started to show some flair and it's great to see. With 11, he's a single point away from his 44 game season total from last season. 
Gabriel Bourque LW 5 +9 Hey! Gabriel Bourque decided to play some hockey this week. With his empty net exclamation point against Colorado last week, Bourque added goal 2 and 3 this week. He also got an assist to bring his point total up to a womping 6. But it's improvement!
Roman Josi D 6 +1 Two assists for Josi and a return to his role on the top line next to Weber. He played 27 minutes against Detroit and is seeing some point action on the powerplay as well. 
Matt Cullen C 7 +6 I really like the goals that Cullen scores. They are the kind that Nashville too often doesn't get. A little extra effort that buries the puck. His game opening goal against Chicago is a good example – a last minute dive to slot home a rebound. He got an assist that game as well.
Viktor Stalberg LW 8 +9 Not only has Stalberg woken up a little bit, but he got a goal against his former team, which is always just stellar. He also assisted on Bourque's goal against Detroit. 
Nick Spaling RW 9 -4 Spaling provides consistent effort and doesn't seem to be impacted by the hot/cold streaks of his team. He was playing well when the team stunk – but went pointless in the last two when the Preds picked it up. 
Mike Fisher C 10 +1 On an off with injuries this season. Fisher scored against Chicago for his 8th point in 14 games. 
Ryan Ellis D 11 +7 Ellis was a +4 in the game against Chicago. Pretty crazy given that two of the Preds 7 goals were on the powerplay and wouldn't count towards +/-. So he was on the ice for 4/5 goals. He also had an assist and is the highest +/-. This is the best hockey I've seen from him.  
Marek Mazanec G 12 +7 Back to back wins for Mazanec, including a shutout against Detroit! Hopefully he can carry the momentum forward. 
Kevin Klein D 13 -4 Klein got an assist against Pittsburgh on the goal that opened the game – but unfortunately it didn't lead to much. He was the only minus for the Preds in the Blackhawks game, which is awkward. But he seems like less of a liability than usual. 
Eric Nystrom RW 14 -10 Got injured in a stupid, pointless fight in Pittsburgh. Bad Nystrom. No. 
Colin Wilson RW 15 -12 Wilson wasn't able to get a point in the last three games. He needs more productivity if he wants to be useful. 
Seth Jones D 16 -6 Jones has been a bit cold and seems like he will be staying on the second pairing for some time. Maybe he is regressing to the mean or finding the NHL workload a bit challenging. 
Victor Bartley D 17 +5 Back in the lineup paired with Ellis on the 3rd pairing. Bartley doesn't look too bad. He is +2 on the season but remains the only defenseman without a point.
Paul Gaustad C 18 -6 Gaustad is still playing well. His faceoff numbers dipped a little on the road, but he may get some luck now that he gets to see some home games. Preds have killed off the last 8 penalties. 
Filip Forsberg RW 19 -3 Played one game after being re-called from Milwaukee and was then a healthy scratch for the next to. Perhaps Trotz wants more grit from him, but he is getting the Craig Smith circa 2011 treatment. 
Rich Clune RW 20 -5 52 Penalty minutes on the season so far. . 
Matt Hendricks LW 21 0 Back from an undisclosed injury, Hendricks and his line haven't done much offensively. He is getting 7 or 8 minutes a game of even strength play and then penalty killing. 
Mattias Ekholm D 22 -2 Ekholm finds himself the odd man out with solid play and chemistry from Bartley and Ellis. He might get sent down if Trotz likes what he sees out of his third pairing. 
Carter Hutton G 23 0 Hutton is now again the backup. Mazanec has earned a few more starts before we see Hutton, I think.  
Pekka Rinne G 24   IR for 3 weeks minimum. 
Taylor Beck RW 25   Returned to the farm. Yeeha