Predators goaltender Chris Mason stopped 44 of 46 shots in Nashville’s 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena during Saturday night’s season finale.
After joining the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, Marian Gaborik wasted no time finding his way onto the scoresheet, netting 2 points in his first game on Thursday.
Curtis McElhinney has played in 69 NHL games, but he’s spent the greater part of the last two seasons in the AHL. He hopes for one more shot at the big time.
Without one player to focus on, the Nashville Predators were forced to cover the possibility that Columbus’ scoring could come from any position and any line.
Matt Halischuk returned to the Predators lineup on Monday night and netted his 11th goal of the season.
Nashville returned from a three goal deficit on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena, based largely on the efforts of their rookie Swiss defenseman.
Patric Hornqvist’s late third period goal against Columbus sparked Nashville’s rally, but an unpenalized hit after the play left head coach Barry Trotz fuming.
Nick Spaling’s third period goal forced overtime in Nashville’s first home loss to Columbus in 5 years.
Columbus defenseman Grant Clitsome discusses the Blue Jackets’ rough start and the losing streak in Bridgestone Arena.
On a night when the Nashville Predators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in Nationwide Arena to win their third consecutive season opener, it was a line of three Americans that stole the show.
Answering the age-old question of whether or not hockey players play as themselves in video games.
A few Predators and a Blue Jacket share their opinions on the NHL’s new social media restrictions.
Mark Dekanich may have finally found his path to the NHL.
The 25-year old Milwaukee Admirals goaltender signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The deal guarantees him almost 10 times as much money as he was making in Milwaukee…not a bad weekend for someone who is also getting married on Saturday.
Stuck in an almost impossible situation last season in the Predators organization behind Pekka Rinne and Anders Lindback, Dekanich managed to put up extremely impressive numbers during his All Star season in Milwaukee. During the 2010-11 campaign, “Dex” finished 3rd in the AHL in GAA with 2.02 and 1st in save percentage with a 0.931. Until a knee injury ended his season prematurely, he was quite possibly the best goalie in the American Hockey League. In addition, he saw a few games in Nashville and made it into a game against the Kings in which he played 50 minutes of relief.
The Colgate alum had a remarkable bounce back from last season, in which his struggles in net actually forced the Predators to send him to the ECHL for a weekend – a weekend in which he only let in one goal and managed to gather up ECHL player of the week.
“I’ve never been handed anything in my career,” Dekanich said last season. “I’ve always been overlooked and sort of the underdog in a lot of ways and that experience was no exception.”
Playing with a chip on his shoulder, he is probably the hardest worker on any team on which he plays.
While he would never admit it, signing with Columbus was most likely a very calculated decision – Steve Mason is currently the starting goaltender in Columbus, but has struggled mightily since his Calder Trophy year in 2008-2009. Dekanich has the work ethic to become a number one goaltender in the NHL and Steve Mason’s position may be prime for the taking.
It is quite possible that on October 7, when the Predators come to Columbus for the season opener, Mark Dekanich will be making his first career start against the team that drafted him 146th overall in 2006.
Press releases from Milwaukee and Columbus after the jump.