Tag: Shea Weber


Shea Weber shakes off skate blade cut to arm


Put this one in that bulging “hockey players are tough” folder: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber didn’t miss much time despite having his arm cut by San Jose Sharks forward Tye McGinn:

Here’s video of the moment from CSNBayArea.com:

Pat Iverson shared a photo of Weber’s bloody arm on Twitter:

We’ll pass along updates if he has any setbacks.

How strong are the Predators, really?

Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators

After eking out a 1-0 overtime win against the ailing Edmonton Oilers, the Nashville Predators wake up on Black Friday atop the Central Division and among the NHL’s top teams.

That’s quite the feat considering the mixed predictions this team brought into 2014-15, not to mention two straight seasons outside of the playoffs. So how seriously should this team be taken?

Let’s look at some key numbers to ponder that question.

1. They’re strong in possession, but have also been a little lucky – The Oilers carried a notable shot advantage last night, but Nashville won. The Predators have been a quality possession team, yet they’ve also been a little lucky this season.

Nashville’s PDO is 103.3, indicating that the Predators are enjoying more “puck luck” than any team in the NHL.

2. Pekka Rinne has been outstanding – Critics wondering if Rinne is worth $7 million per year are probably a little quieter today, as he’s been fantastic; in a way, his play last night symbolized the starkest difference between Edmonton and Nashville.

Rinne’s on a five-game winning streak and has won nine of his last 10 games. With a sparkling .932 save percentage, he’d be the easy choice if the Vezina was determined today.

3. The best against the West – Another glaring contrast between Edmonton and Nashville: records against the West. Plenty has been said about the Oilers’ inability to beat West teams, but it’s worth mentioning that Nashville has the best record against the best conference.

They are 12-3-2 against the West. Only one other team (Vancouver at 10-5-1) is in double-digits in victories versus West opponents so far in 2014-15.

That’s a fabulous head start, if nothing else.

4. Filip Forsberg could maintain some of his ridiculous momentum – Look, it’s probably unrealistic to expect the 20-year-old to maintain a point-per-game pace all season long.

Still, while his shooting percentage is high (15.4 percent), it’s not so over-the-top that he can’t keep up a nice scoring rate over the next five months. He’s averaging almost three shots per game (65 in 22) and has quality linemates in James Neal and Mike Ribeiro, so the Calder frontrunner has a chance to remain productive.

5. Nashville’s power play has been awful – While a lot of numbers scream “regression” for the Predators, their power play is almost bound to improve.

They’ve only converted on 12.9 percent of their power-play opportunities, which ranks 24th in the NHL. If they can merely bump that number up to “middle of the pack” – certainly not an outrageous thought with Peter Laviolette behind the bench and Shea Weber leading a slew of talented offensive defensemen – they could deal with some of the likely drop-offs they might face.


Overall, it’s tough to imagine Nashville being the cream of the crop in the brutal Central Division by the end of the season, as even today they’re only two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues. They’re stocking up on enough standings points that they could be a playoff team, however … and possibly a dangerous one, in that.

Predators keep Oilers winless against the west

Edmonton Oilers v Nashville Predators

The Edmonton Oilers’ stretch of games without a win against the Western Conference was extended to 13 games (0-11-2) Thursday night following a 1-0 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators.

Preds rookie Filip Forsberg scored the overtime winner at 3:55 of the extra period.

Edmonton certainly had their chance to win this one.

Thirteen seconds into overtime Predators captain Shea Weber closed his hand on the puck in the crease. The Oilers were awarded a penalty shot, but Jordan Eberle could not solve Pekka Rinne.

Rinne improved to 15-3-1 on the season with a 37 save performance. Rinne has now won nine of 10 appearances (9-1-0) for the first time since he won 11 straight games from Jan. 12 to Feb. 7, 2012.

Thursday night marked the regular season debut of Predators center Mike Fisher, who ruptured his achilles tendon during an off-season workout. Fisher logged 12:44 in ice time while delivering three hits.

Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for the Oilers, who have now gone eight straight without a win. During the 13 game losing streak against the Western Conference, the Oilers have a goal differential of minus-28.

Edmonton, who is 6-3-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, played much of the game with just 11 forwards. Winger Matt Hendricks left the game early in the first period after blocking a Weber shot off his knee.

Post-game coach Dallas Eakins said Hendricks had X-Rays done on his knee cap, which came back negative, but that he was having trouble bending his leg.

Video: Oilers awarded a penalty shot in overtime

Jordan Eberle

The Edmonton Oilers had a glorious opportunity to win in Nashville on Thursday night after Predators captain Shea Weber covered the puck in the crease early in overtime.

Jordan Eberle took the shot for the Oilers, but could not beat the left pad of Pekka Rinne.

Moments later, Predators’ rookie Filip Forsberg scored the overtime winner, his 10th of the season.

Video: Oilers’ Hendricks blocks Weber shot, leaves game (Updated)

Edmonton Oilers v Dallas Stars

Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks blocked a shot from Predators defenseman Shea Weber early in the first period Thursday night.

Hendricks took the shot off the knee and left the game.


Henrdricks is the second forward Edmonton has lost in a week due to an injury after blocking a shot.

Benoit Pouliot suffered a broken foot and has been placed on injured reserve after blocking a shot against the New Jersey Devils last week.

Jesse Joensuu is the lone extra forward currently on the Oilers’ roster. Depending on the severity of Hendricks’ injury, Edmonton would have to place him on IR in order to recall another forward.