Forsberg on Predators’ roster, may debut Sunday

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(AP) – The Nashville Predators have added forward Filip Forsberg to the active roster and he may make his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.. The Predators gave Forsberg No.. 9 on Saturday.. Forsberg was acquired in the trade that sent Martin Erat to Washington.. The 18-year-old Forsberg was Washington’s top draft selection in 2012 at No.. 11 overall.. He received the 2013 Golden Cage Award in Sweden as the top junior player after getting 33 points in 38 games this season.. He also helped Sweden win the 2012 World Junior Championships and was captain of the silver medal winners at the 2013 World Juniors.. More NHL source:

Nashville Predators host Detroit Red Wings Sunday night at Bridgestone Arena

Nashville Predators left wing Rich Clune (16). (Don McPeak - USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville’s power play is clicking at a 24.6 percent rate on home ice, the third-highest home mark in the NHL.. On the penalty kill, Nashville relinquished a goal for just the second time in the last eight games – it has killed off 12-of-14 times shorthanded in that span.. The Predators were shorthanded more once for the first time in four games, and more than twice for the first time in six games on Friday; they have been shorthanded the third-fewest times in the NHL (124), and are one of just four teams averaging less than 10 penalty minutes per game (9.9).. The Predators held Dallas to just 18 shots on goal in Friday’s game, the second-lowest total by a Predators opponent this season and the third time Nashville has held the opposition to less than 20 shots in 2012-13.. The Predators are allowing an average of 27.3 shots per game, the sixth-best mark in the league.. Shea Weber is not only tied with David Legwand for the team lead in points (8g-15a-23pts), but is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in goals, and is tied for 10th at the position in points.. Weber is currently tied with Jason Arnott (107) for third on the franchise’s all-time goals list, while already ranking fourth in points (286) and fifth in assists (179).. Weber has 22 points (8g-14a) in his last 29 games.. The back-to-back Norris Trophy runner-up led the team in ice time for the 34th time this season on Friday (25:34).. He ranks leads the League in total ice time (1,091:30) and fifth in average ice time (25:59).. Weber leads the team and is third among defensemen in shots (108).. Weber ranks among the Top 20 at the position in both hits (93) and blocked shots (80) – he’s the only blueliner to rank among the Top 25 in points, hits and blocked shots while averaging more than 25:00 per game. source:

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The goal was his first since Feb.. 5 and helped end the Predators’ four-game losing streak.  Mark Humphrey, AP Related story Fullscreen March 20: So flu-ridden that he couldn’t meet the news media after the game, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf set up third-period goals 64 seconds apart by Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne.. That gave the No.. 2 Ducks a 3-2 win against the No.. 1 Chicago Blackhawks.  Gary A.. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports March 20: Minnesota winger Devin Setoguchi scored twice as the Wild got a rare win in Detroit.. After recording no goals and two assists in his first 10 games, he has 11 goals and seven assists in his last 19.  Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports March 20: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri had three assists in a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to end his team’s five-game losing streak.  John E.. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports March 19: Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar (55) scored the winning goal with a minute left and added two assists in a 5-3 win against the New York Islanders.. He has assists in eight consecutive games, tying a team record.  Bruce Bennett, Getty Images March 19: New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto batted the puck out of the air for a short-handed goal and set up Rick Nash’s game-winner in a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils.  Ed Mulholland, USA TODAY Sports Related story Fullscreen March 19: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan did this in a losing effort, but he had two goals, 11 shots and 13 hits against the Los Angeles Kings.. The Coyotes had been shut out in three consecutive games before he struck.  Stephen Dunn, Getty Images March 18: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves in a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks that give the Wild sole possession of the Northwest Division lead.  Jonathan Hayward, AP March 18: Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Colorado Avalanche, the team that ended their 24-game point streak. source:

Dallas 5, Nashville 2

Alex Chiasson scored a pair of goals for Dallas and Ray Whitney added a goal and an assist for the Stars (20-17-3), who have now won four games in a row.. Both teams have had trouble scoring lately, but with backup goalies starting for both teams, it made life a little easier for both offenses.. Dallas didn’t take long to get started, as Erik Cole slapped a shot over Chris Mason ‘s shoulder and into the net at the 6:04 mark of the first.. Just over two minutes later, the Stars struck again when Whitney took a cross-ice pass from Alex Goligoski and slammed one past Mason for a 2-0 lead on what was just the Stars’ third shot of the game.. The Predators hadn’t even gotten off a shot by the time Dallas had that two-goal lead.. However, on Nashville’s first power play of the evening, Taylor Beck picked up a loose puck in front of the net and got it past Richard Bachman to cut the lead in half at 18:42 of the first.. Dallas got that goal back at 2:28 of the third when Ryan Garbutt got behind the defense on the right side and slid the puck over Tom Wandell, stationed right in front of Mason, who easily put it away for the first goal of his season.. At 11:12, Chiasson slipped behind two Predator defenders, got right in front of Mason’s nose, and took a perfect pass from Whitney to score for a 4-1 lead.. Just over four minutes later, Chiasson, at the top of the right circle, snuck one under Mason’s legs for an unassisted goal.. Former Predator Vernon Fiddler had a pair of assists on the first two goals for Dallas, which might now regret trading Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy away last week.. The Stars have eight games remaining — four at home, four on the road — to Detroit’s seven.. Nashville’s Bobby Butler added a late goal, but it was too little, too late for the Predators (15-19-8). source:–nhl.html

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Bourque – who has been out since April 1 with an unrelated “upper body” injury – shares the Predators’ lead with 11 goals.. Other forwards have missed time this season, including last year’s leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist (28 games with a knee or “upper body” injury), and alternate captain Mike Fisher (five games with a hand injury).. “It has been tough with the schedule this year and the wear and tear on your body.. It happens.. You have to overcome those things to be successful.. It happens every year,” defenseman Kevin Klein said.. “This year it seems to be quite a few, especially the same time when you’re missing four or five forwards, it’s tough to replace all those guys.” Nashville said there was little concern that the shoulder injury will hurt Wilson’s upward trajectory from 2008 first-round draft pick to top-line forward.. Before this season, Wilson’s top offensive season was 35 points in 65 games a year ago.. In an 82-game schedule, Wilson was on pace for 63 points this year â??. which would have led the Predators in scoring each of their last three seasons.. “(Wilson) was our leading scorer and seemed to be getting the consistency he lacked in the past, and then goes out with a shoulder injury,” Poile said.. “That’s bad for him and it’s really bad for us.” Poile said that Gaustad suffered a shoulder issue last season, but consulted with the Predators and their team doctors and felt the problem wouldn’t flare up this year. source:


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