The Nashville Predators are reeling off wins down the stretch in every way imaginable. You want a drubbing? You got it. You want a shutout? You got it. You want a high scoring close game? You got it. You want a low scoring close game? You got it. This pretty much spells problems for everyone else because they can win any style of game. The team that made it to the Stanley Cup finals last season, seems poised to return this season. Only this time, they are even more well rounded. Pekka Rinne is already unbeatable and backup Juuse Saros looks like a beast. Then you have almost 13 players with over ten goals. And two players named Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith with over twenty goals. We haven’t even mentioned Viktor Arvidsson, P.K Subban or Filip Forsberg yet. Unlike last season, The Predators will have home ice throughout the Western Conference. And Nashville is not an easy place to play. Even the Vegas Golden Knights magical season may not be enough to stop the Predators.

Things I like

1. The many sides of Brad Marchand happened again this week. The good featured Marchand racking up eleven points in his last six games including a five point effort against the Red Wings. He also had three game winning goals in those six games. Then there was the bad. On Saturday, against the Blackhawks, Marchand hits Anthony Duclair up high. If you watch the replay it was pretty clear Marchand was doing something. What that is exactly, I’m not sure. NESN said he looked like he was trying to avoid him but that’s a funny way to avoid someone. But if he wanted to injure him, he could have. Only Marchand knows what he was trying to do.

Things I don’t

1. Once again NHL refs have no clue what goalie interference is. To make matters worse, it is getting worse. The Toronto Maple Leafs were on the wrong end of it on Monday and the benefactors of it on Saturday. On Monday, Johan Larsson collided with Frederik Andersen and no goalie interference was called. Even though Larsson literally took him out. The refs excuse was the contact was made outside the crease. So? He took him out. It doesn’t matter where it happened. He was unable to make a play on the puck because he was taken out. Otherwise, you could just bowl into the goalie on purpose whenever he leaves his crease. You’d score a lot of goals that way. On Saturday, Brian Dumoulin was driving to the crease with the puck and scored a goal. He literally barely touched Andersen and not only did the goal not count, they give him a penalty too. What? The contact was made while Dumoulin was driving to the crease with the puck. He’s entitled to the crease too if he has the puck. Andersen was also not prevented from making a play on the puck. Not only should the goal have counted, he definitely should not have been given a penalty on the play. Sheesh.

Fights of the Week

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Matt Hendricks vs Cody McLeod

Punches then grappling in this one.

Goat of the Week

Jamie Benn – Montreal Canadiens

Benn just casually flings the puck behind his own goal and the Lightning capitalize to tie the game with six minutes left. They won it in the shootout.

Stat Line of the Week

3/08/18 Columbus 5 vs Colorado 4








S. Jones







Seth Jones has been heating up down the stretch. Jones had the game winning goal and two assists in a big win over the Avalanche. He followed it up with two goals against the Red Wings, including the game winner gain, in another big win. Jones has now already set a career season high in points. He’s also the second leading scorer on the Blue Jackets.

Numbers, Numbers

40 – Goals this season for Patrik Laine joining Alex Ovechkin in the 40 club
50 – Saves by rookie goalie Christopher Gibson in the Islanders win over the Flames
0 – Defensemen in the top 40 in scoring
203 – Blocked shots by Kris Russell, 1st in the NHL

This Week in Hockey History

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March 05, 1992 Mats Sundin had five goals (his third career hat trick) and added two assists as Quebec won 10-4 over the Whalers, at Hartford. It ended the Nordiques’ team-record 33 game road winless streak (0-25-8) from the start of the season.

March 06, 2004 Ottawa’s Peter Bondra scored his 25th goal of the season for the 11th time in his career and added an assist in a 4-2 win over the visiting Nashville Predators. Senators Jacques Martin became the 14th NHL coach to win 400 regular season games.

March 07, 1985 Tim Kerr and Dave Poulin both scored hat tricks in the Flyers’ 9-6 win over Washington. Kerr reached his 50th goal of the season with his 7th career hat trick (and the fifth three goal game of the season). It was Poulin’s third career hat trick.

March 08, 2004 Milan Hejduk scored his second career hat trick, and Joe Sakic scored his 30th goal of the season for the 7th time in his career and added three assists as the Avalanche won 9-2 against the Canucks at Vancouver.

March 09, 1975 Boston’s Gregg Sheppard scored two shorthanded goals in 21 seconds and led the Bruins to a 5-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Flames.

March 10, 1982 Islanders’ Bryan Trottier extended his team-record point scoring streak to 25 straight games as New York tied 4-4 with the North Stars, at Minnesota. Trottier scored 28 g9, 27assists for a total of 55 points during the 25 game streak.

March 11, 1995 Florida goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck recorded his 20th career NHL shutout as the Panthers won 2-0, at Boston.


The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5

1. Tampa Bay
2. Nashville
3. Florida
4. Columbus
5. Winnipeg

Bottom 5

30. NY islanders
29. Detroit
28. NY Rangers
27. Vancouver
26. St. Louis

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He currently plays goalie in ice hockey at San Diego Ice Arena.

NHL 2017-18 Recap Week 22 – Predators hot, Marchand still a ball of hate, NHL refs still don't get goalie interference MuellerWeekly Recaps
The Nashville Predators are reeling off wins down the stretch in every way imaginable. You want a drubbing? You got it. You want a shutout? You got it. You want a high scoring close game? You got it. You want a low scoring close game? You got it. This...