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Predlines Morning Skate – November 7


Welcome to the Predlines Morning Skate for Thursday, November 7, 2013. Thanks for visiting with us this morning.

Nashville played the Colorado Avalanche last night with a chance to take the NHL Championship Belt and a 6-4 win grabbed it for the good guys. While the link needs a little updating, the Preds will have the belt heading into Friday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. We will have more on this game later, but, you might remember yesterday, when we predicted Stalberg would finally get into the point column and then he went out and played his best game of the season. The other predictions…at least we got the win right.

There were a handful of other games that took place in the NHL last night, but this is pretty much all you need to know. Maybe the guy was trying to make a statement about head injuries…

The Detroit Redwings placed winger and former Predator Jordin Tootoo on waivers yesterday. Tootoo signed with Detroit after the 2011-12 season for three years and a total of $5.7 million. In his last full season in Nashville, Tootoo tallied a career high 30 points while playing 13:05 a game, also a career high. Detroit was looking to add some grit to their fourth line when they signed Tootoo, probably with shades of Maltby and Draper of years past. Tootoo played in 42 of the team’s 48 games during the lockout-shortened season but only chipped in eight points and his ice time fell by more than four minutes a game. This season, Tootoo has often been the odd man out and only averaged 7:13 a night when in the lineup, the lowest ice time of his career. It is unlikely Tootoo will be claimed by anyone else and then it will be up to Detroit to decide if they want to send him to the minors or consider buying him out. Either way, it looks like Tootoo’s time in Detroit is pretty much over.

In the category of better news for former Predators, Jerred Smithson signed a one-year contract to play the rest of the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Smithson had been playing in Toronto, but in the AHL for the Marlies on a ten-day tryout contract. Since leaving Nashville and going to Florida via trade during the 2011-12 season, Smithson also spent time in Edmonton before heading to Toronto this season. Smithson will be expected to help the Maple Leafs in the faceoff circle and on the penalty kill. Right now, the Leafs only have one regular center with a faceoff percentage over 47%. The penalty kill has been strong already, but adding Smithson could create an even stronger unit.

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