Welcome to the November 6, 2013 edition of Predlines Morning Links, thanks for checking in with us.
Starting off with some roster news from yesterday, the Preds called up Marek Malzanec to replace Magnus Hellberg as the primary backup. Hellberg has not seen much work for the Preds and is likely being sent down to Milwaukee to get in some game action. Meanwhile, Malzanec has been stellar in Milwaukee, posting a 1.97 gaa and a .933 save percentage to go with an undefeated record in five games. The Preds are still in the midst of a season-long road trip, and it is possible Malzanec will see some action soon.
Former Nashville Predator Jason Arnott officially announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday. Arnott had not played a game since the end of the 2011-12 season. He retires with 938 points in 1244 career games. Arnott played 275 games with the Predators and chipped in 229 points. The 72 points he posted during the 2007-2008 season has not been eclipsed since.
ESPN released its latest power rankings on Monday and the Preds moved up a spot from 16 to 15. ESPN cites David Legwand as the catalyst for this small improvement and it would be hard to disagree. Legwand has had a huge past few games and will continue to be an interesting story if he keeps up his current scoring pace.
While we don’t have to be happy about it, the Chicago Blackhawks visited the White House this week. Even though the Hawks are rivals, this is a fun tradition and probably makes for a neat experience for a lot of the players. However, Jonathon Toews does not appear to be amused.
The Preds take on the league-leading Colorado Avalanche at 8:30 CST tonight. Check back later for a game preview.