Predators Player Rankings – Week 9


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2-1-0 on an interesting week for the Preds. We had a dreadful first period last Thursday against the Leafs and Pred-offense-stiffler Jonathan Bernier. But a goal by Jones early in the second energized the Preds to put 4 past the goaltending wall to pick up our third consecutive win. We then returned home and got shutout by the New York Rangers and I know what you're thinking "But Ray, Lundqvist is a really good goalie". But not only did we face Cam Talbot, we only mustered 17 shots against the backup. 

The week ended on a high note though, as Mazanec improved his record to 4-1-0 in a 4-2 win against Phoenix. Nashville looked really friggen good in the first period where they got three goals and had nine different players register a point. It was a painful final two frames allowing the Coyotes to claw their way back into it, but an empty net goal by the captain was the final nail in the coffin. 

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

Player Position Rank Movement Short Description
Craig Smith RW 1 +3 Smith had a great two goal, one assist game against Toronto that has earned him the top spot in my player rankings this week. He grabbed a fourth point for himself against Phoenix to give him a 2nd best 15 points on the season
Matt Cullen D 2 +1 Cullen is quickly becoming one of my favorite playes. Above 62% in the faceoff this week, a four point game against Toronto and a 5th point Monday night. He's low in point totals because of a slow start, but he's coming around! 
David Legwand C 3 1 Legwand's totals slowed down a bit this week … but how couldn't they. He was cruising at almost a point per game pace. His line seems to change most frequently when roster adjustments are necessary
Shea Weber D 4 0 Weber's empty net bankshot against Phoenix has sprung the captain to the team lead for goals this season. Playing over 26 minutes a game, Weber's physical presence was also of note this week. 
Gabriel Bourque LW 5 0 Another goal for Bourque this week puts him on a bit of a roll. He's brought his total up to four and at least looks a bit more invested from game to game. 
Patric Hornqvist RW 6 -5 Hornqvist took an inevitable shot to the ribs on Saturday. I say inevitable because of how much time he spends right at the top of the crease. He is only day to day and should return sooner rather than later. 
Marek Mazanec G 7 +4 Mazanek allowed 2 goals in every game this week and if that's not consistency I don't know what is. He does let in the occasional bad goal but makes up for it with some amazing pad work to keep the puck out of the net. I'm happy with his play.
Mike Fisher C 8 +2 Fisher got back on the score sheet against Phoneix with a goal in the first. He isn't the point machine he was early on, but I think that's mostly because the teammates around him are stepping up. He is still playing very well. 
Nick Spaling RW 9 0 Spaling got his third of the year against the Coyotes and combined with his assists against Toronto he has 6 on the year. For a player who I thought was trade bait in September, Spaling is proving he's able to play alongsite the team's best.
Colin Wilson RW 10 +5 Wilson had three assists this week on a line that is producing very well. He still hasn't really impressed as much as he maybe should – and his inconsistency is going to be an issue. But this week was a good one
Roman Josi D 11 -5 Not much more to say about Josi's week than a solid defensive performance on the top pairing. ~26 minutes a night next to Weber
Viktor Stalberg LW 12 -4 An assist for Stalberg – he isn't yet the player we were all hoping for, but he's making steps towards it with his five points. And at least he looks like he's trying
Seth Jones D 13 +3 Jones got his 3rd goal of the year with a slapper past Predator nemesis Jonathan Bernier to tie the game against the Leafs. It was a great goal in a big tv market… which many think will help his Calder quest. 
Kevin Klein D 14 -1 Klein dropped the gloves in a reasonable bout against Derek Dorsett who took a bit of a beat-down. He also threw a good sized hit in the Phoenix game. Can you believe he's still goaless?
Paul Gaustad C 15 +3 Gaustad was big in the faceoff circle this week, winning 77% in Toronto, 64% vs New York, and 68% vs Phoenix. 
Eric Nystrom LW 16 -2 Nystrom picked up another assist this week after spending a few days recovering from a minor injury. 
Ryan Ellis D 17 -6 Ellis is still playing well, but he was a bit unspectacular this week. He was a -1 in the game against the leafs and averaged about 12 minutes of TOI in the three game span. 
Victor Bartley D 18 -1 Bartley played some second line minutes against New York while Klein served his penalty. He only looked somewhat out of place during the time. 
Matt Hendricks RW 19 +2 Hendricks is playing some decent hockey again. His line is an effective shut down trio who rarely threatens to score.
Rich Clune RW 20 0 Clune was scratched against New York and would have likely been scratched again against Phoenix were it not for the injury to Hornqvist
Filip Forsberg LW 21 -2 I thought Forsberg was in the Trotz Dog House but I guess he got a minor injury in the AHL and has been sidelined since. I hope he gets back in the roster soon.  
Mattias Ekholm D 22 0 Still a healthy scratch 
Carter Hutton G 23 0 Preds have a double header Wednesday (CBJ) and Thursday (EDM). Hutton could expect to play one of those two games – but neither team is particularly good (standings wise) so it may not prove much. 
Pekka Rinne G 24   IR for 3 weeks minimum.