Tag: Shea Weber

Nashville Predators v New Jersey Devils

For slumping Preds, schedule not affording many breaks


There are not the best of times for Nashville.

The Preds are reeling, having gone 2-7-1 in their last nine games. They’ve also lost six straight — in regulation, no less — meaning they’ve been stuck on 89 points for more than two weeks, losing top spot in the NHL and having their Central Division lead whittled away.

Now, they’re without a home. Well, temporarily without a home.

This week, Bridgestone Arena hosts the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, meaning the Preds will spend the next four games on the road — a swing that begins tonight in Arizona and continues on through San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

It’s a tough stretch, to say the least.

There’s a decent chance Nashville bumps the slump tonight against a bad Arizona team — the Coyotes have just one win in their last 12 games, and have lost twice to the Preds this season — but from there, things become much more difficult. San Jose is in full-fledged desperation mode, fighting for its playoff life; same goes for the Kings, who are currently on the outside of the postseason picture and have played Nashville tight this season, losing once in a shootout and once in OT.

After the L.A. game — which goes on Saturday night — the Preds play the second of a back-to-back in Anaheim on Sunday, against a Ducks team they’ve failed to beat this season.

As such, you can expect a pretty spirited effort tonight in Glendale. The Preds know they’ve got a tough stretch following the Coyotes game, and admit this current losing streak is gnawing away at them.

“A lot of guys in here are (angry) and frustrated,” captain Shea Weber said, per the Tennessean. “We’ve got to find a way. We’re working at this.

“It’s not going to come easy, we know that.”

(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.


Jets lose in Myers’ debut, Weber shot leaves him limping

Tyler Myers

Tyler Myers made his debut for the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, and it … could have gone better.

For one thing, the Nashville Predators beat his new team 3-1 tonight. Even worse, Nashville’s own really large, hard-shooting defenseman Shea Weber sent a shot that connected with Myers’ knee, leaving him in obvious pain late in the third period.

On the bright side, it might not be the absolute worst-case scenario. Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper sheds a little light on his situation right after the contest:

So, maybe a bullet was dodged, although Myers would probably say that Weber’s shot didn’t feel a lot better.

While there were flashes of brilliance – or at least Winnipeg taking advantage of Myers’ powerful shot on a team that already boasts Dustin Byfuglien’s bomb – it had to be a bit of an empty feeling tonight.

The Jets are probably just hoping they only lost the game and not their shiny new defenseman, though.

(Even if they were considering shopping him anyway.)