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Cyclones Affiliate Report: Nashville/Milwaukee
December 21, 2010 | View Comments
Every Tuesday, I will provide the latest updates on the Cyclones affilates from Nashville and Milwaukee.
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17-9-6, 2nd in Central Division
Next Game: Wednesday 12/22 at Chicago - 8:30pm ET
After a busy -- and productive -- start to December, the Predators have a slower week on tap. The team opens with a three-day break from games before a back-to-back set at Chicago on Wednesday and home for Ottawa on Thursday. The team then closes out the week with a trip to St. Louis on Sunday.
The Week That Was for the Preds...
Nashville posted a 3-1-0 record last week, wrapping up a stretch of five games in eight days with an impressive 4-1-0 mark to move into second place in the Central Division standings.
The team started off the week with a win against the NY Islanders on Monday. For the second consecutive game, rookie goaltender Anders Lindback was perfect in net, stopping all 28 shots he faced, en route to a 5-0 Preds win. It was the first time a rookie netminder recorded back-to-back whitewashes since Columbus’ Steve Mason had three straight in 2008. The Preds closed out their perfect three-game homestand with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. The team extended its win streak to five games with a 3-1 victory at the NJ Devils on Friday night. The Predators had their 10-game point streak snapped on Saturday night when the Kings The Kings picked up the 6-1 win. Rookie goalie Mark Dekanich saw his first-ever NHL action when he took over for Anders Lindback.
Ryan Suter led all Preds players with 5 points during the week, registering at least one point in all four games. Sergei Kostitsyn (2g-2a), Steve Sullivan (2g-2a), and Shea Weber (4a) each posted four-point weeks. Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist joined Kostitsyn and Sullivan with a team-best two goals on the week. In net, Anders Lindback stopped 74-of-80 shots for a 1.89 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
16-9-2-4, 4th West Division
Next Game: Tuesday 12/21 at Chicago Wolves - 8:00pm ET
The Admirals have two games this week, beginning tonight against the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves, who picked up a 5-1 win over Milwaukee last weekend, are just 4 points back in the West Division Standings. After tonight, the Ads will take on Rockford this Sunday afternoon.
The Week That Was for the Admirals...
Former Cyclones goalie Jeremy Smith picked up his first-career shutout (31 saves) for Milwaukee in a 3-0 win over Lake Erie last Friday night. The next night, though, Smith was peppered with 37 shots in a 5-1 loss to Chicago (although Smith made 32 saves). Since being summoned to the AHL early on this season, Smith has posted a 5-4-0 record with a 3.20 goals-against average.
Dylan Hunter also spent a couple of games with Milwaukee this past week, but did not record any points.
The Ads also got some help from above when Nashville assigned forward Steve Begin and former Cyclones goaltender Mark Dekanich to Milwaukee.
Dekanich made his NHL debut Saturday night against the Kings, stopping 22-of-25 shots in 49:59 of action. He is the fourth former Cyclones player to make his debut in "The Show." He spent seven games backing up goaltender Anders Lindback from Dec. 4-17. The North Vancouver, B.C., native posted three shutouts in his last eight starts for the Admirals, and set a franchise record with a 209:31 shutout streak from Nov. 7-18. Nashville’s third choice (146th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft is second in the league in shutouts (3) and is third in save percentage (.941) and goals-against average (tie, 1.71).
Begin made his Predators debut Friday night in a 3-1 victory at New Jersey, and suited up again Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Begin has posted four points (3g-1a) in 21 games for the Admirals this season. The Trois-Rivieres, Que., native has played 486 career NHL games since 1997-98, posting 100 points (52g-48a) and 535 penalty minutes.