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Nashville Predators v Los Angeles Kings

Video: Rinne shines with spectacular series of saves


How, exactly, did the San Jose Sharks not score here on Pekka Rinne?

The Nashville Predators goalie made a spectacular sequence of saves, including one off Joe Pavelski despite the sound of the whistle, early in the second period of Tuesday’s game. At that point, the Predators had a healthy three-goal lead.

The Predators went to defeat the Sharks 5-1. Rinne made 42 saves. That’s now six wins in a row for the Predators, who increased their lead in the Central Division to six points, and in the NHL’s overall standings.

With that kind of goaltending, and that kind of talent on the blue line, they could be a force to be reckoned with once the playoffs come around.

On the other hand, the Sharks, in a fight to even make the playoffs, remain in the final Wild Card spot for right now, but the L.A. Kings are only two points back.

‘Negative energy’ surrounds Leafs, says newcomer Jokinen

Olli Jokinen, Nick Bjugstad

The losing continues for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Change has already started with player personnel and it appears there will be more on the way.

Toronto’s struggles, which now include a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, left newcomer Olli Jokinen, acquired in a deal with the Nashville Predators, to deliver a rather astute observation about the wayward Leafs.

“The one thing I notice here being here two days is a lot of negative energy around here,” said the 36-year-old Jokinen, as per Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press.

“You can feel the pressure is just building and building…it’s getting to guys,” said goalie Jonathan Bernier, as per Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050.

The Leafs couldn’t get much going through two periods, and the Panthers took advantage, opening up a two-goal lead in the second period. Toronto outshot its opponent 16-1 in the third period, with Phil Kessel — read about the trade talk surrounding him here — scoring his 22nd goal of the season to get his team within one.

The Leafs couldn’t complete the comeback, and lost for the sixth time in seven games this month.

Meanwhile, the Panthers move to within two points of the struggling Boston Bruins for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Roundup: Grabner, Braun activated from IR; Volchenkov put on

Michael Grabner

Some news and notes as we get closer to this evening’s puck drops…

Isles activate Michael Grabner

Grabner will draw in tonight — his first action since Feb. 7 — and, in a corresponding move, New York has placed Casey Cizikas on IR. Grabner will skate with Frans Nielsen and Ryan Strome on the club’s second line; on defense, the Isles will insert Calvin de Haan at the expense of Lubomir Visnovsky, who sits.

Sharks activate Justin Braun

Braun will play for the first time since Jan. 19 when the Sharks take on the Preds in Nashville tonight. Braun, who’s missed the last 11 games with a left hand injury, will skate on a pairing with fellow blueliner Brenden Dillon, which is where he was skating before he came out of the lineup.

Nashville puts Anton Volchenkov on IR

The veteran Russian rearguard went on injured reserve today after speculation suggested he could be ready to rejoin the Preds lineup. Volchenkov, who last played in a win over Winnipeg a week ago, has appeared in 42 games for Nashville this year but could be hard pressed to get minutes in the future, especially with Cody Franson now on board and Ryan Ellis a week or two away from returning from injury.

Goalie nods: It has to be Johnson for the Isles… right? (Update: Yep)

New York Islanders v Detroit Red Wings

All the latest from the crease…

Who goes for New York?

The Islanders won’t announce their starting goalie until 5 p.m. ET today, so we don’t know if it’s Chad Johnson or Jaroslav Halak in net for tonight’s affair against Carolina.

Update: It’s Johnson.

One would suspect Johnson gets the nod, given tonight is the second of a back-to-back; Halak played last night, and allowed six goals on 42 shots in an emotional loss to the Rangers.

That said, head coach Jack Capuano could possibly be persuaded to let Halak try and bounce back; the 29-year-old Slovak looked rattled and a bit shaky as the Blueshirts made a concerted effort to get into his kitchen.

Related: The Isles are surrendering too many goals

“I want to get shots,” captain Ryan McDonagh said, per Newsday. “We wanted to make it more difficult on Halak tonight than in other past games. He’s been a big difference in why we haven’t been able to beat them in the past.

“We talked about getting in front of the net and making it tough on him, make him fight through screens. We were a lot hungrier in front of him for sure.”

No word yet on who’ll start in goal for the ‘Canes.


Blue Jackets at Flyers: Curtis McElhinney vs. Ray Emery

Caps at Pens: Braden Holtby vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Sabres at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Michal Neuvirth likely for Buffalo.

Panthers at Leafs: Roberto Luongo vs. Jonathan Bernier

Stars at Blues: Brian Elliott for St. Louis, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Sharks at Preds: Alex Stalock for San Jose, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

(Video) PHT Extra: Do the Preds have the best defense in the NHL?

Colorado Avalanche v Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators may not have an elite center like Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews, but with the addition of Cody Franson from Toronto, their defense could line up as follows in the postseason:

Roman Josi — Shea Weber
Seth Jones — Cody Franson
Mattias Ekholm — Ryan Ellis

Now put goalie Pekka Rinne behind that blue-line corps, and you can see what GM David Poile was thinking when he made the trade.