Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Preds lose Erat until postseason

Predators left wing Martin Erat suffered a sprained knee in a third-period collision with teammate Jason Arnott during Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to Detroit and will be out four weeks, the team said today.
While he's not a household name, Erat's a big loss for Nashville.

The 25-year-old Czech winger is in the midst of a career season, and was on pace for 66 points heading into tonight's game. Given he was a seventh-round pick all the way back in 1999, it's easy to forget Erat is both this young and still on the rise into his productive years. He certainly hasn't looked out of place on Nashville's top line this season.

The Western Conference leaders are looking a little beat up on their forward corps, with Steve Sullivan, Peter Forsberg, Scott Hartnell and Scott Nichol on the limp. Add Erat to that list, and the Predators' depth is really going to be tested over this stretch.

Still, with Paul Kariya, J.P. Dumont, David Legwand, Jason Arnott and Alex Radulov, they should be able to compensate offensively, and it's going to come down to how well the team's depth forwards, like Vernon Fiddler, can fill in.

Winning tonight in Detroit — the Red Wings are 14-3-3 in their last 20 games — is going to be a tough go.

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At 10:02 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

I watched the Predators recent swing against San Jose and Los Angeles, and the announcers butchered most of the names on the Nashville lineup.

The announcers on Nashville kind of took it personally, and asked how hard it was to learn to pronounce the names of the top team in the NHL.

 
At 10:49 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I watched the Predators recent swing against San Jose and Los Angeles, and the announcers butchered most of the names on the Nashville lineup.

I've always been annoyed by this. The job of PA announcer doesn't come with that many responsibilities. One would think that learning how to pronounce players' names would be one of them, and yet, most of the ones I've listened to clearly disagree. It would be interesting to know if the Nashville PA announcers are any better at it than the ones their broadcast crew was complaining about.

 
At 11:46 PM, March 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody else old enough to recall "Francois Mahovleech" scoring his 500th goal on HNIC?

 
At 2:52 PM, March 17, 2007, Blogger David said...

It would be interesting to know if the Nashville PA announcers are any better at it than the ones their broadcast crew was complaining about.

The Preds PA guy is Paul McCann who writes on HockeyBuzz and makes a weekly appearance on XM Home Ice. He knows hockey and knows the players on different teams.

Yet, he goofs up in other ways so often that I wonder if he's got a little nip in his coffee.

For instance, he called then-Buffalo goalie Mathieu Garon when in fact it was Martin Biron. He also announced in a game against Chicago that the Preds were on a Power Play when in fact they were on a Penalty Kill.

 

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