The Nashville Predators came just short of a victory against the Phoenix Coyotes last time around, as Game 1 showed that they’ll need plenty of scoring power to top Mike Smith. More than any time in recent memory, Nashville’s roster is littered with wild cards from the Kostitsyn brothers to Alexander Radulov. Barry Trotz now can play one more; Josh Cooper reports that Colin Wilson will suit up for the first time since April 7 tonight.
The Predators are noted for integrating prospects into their mix as methodically as any team in the NHL, so it’s not surprising that Wilson (the seventh overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft) has had to fight for every minute of playing time. With 15 goals and 35 points in 68 games in 2010-11, he has the potential to add some scoring punch to a diverse but not particularly distinguished Predators offense.
Perhaps most importantly, the 22-year-old should have fresh legs. That could be a significant difference-maker. Wilson is taking the place of fellow youngster Craig Smith.
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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