It’s Thursday, so it is time time for our weekly addition of Predator of the week.
This past week Nashville posted a record of 2-1-0 with wins over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets with the one loss this week coming courtesy of the St. Louis Blues.
Here is a fun stat, the Predators out scored their opponents by a combined score of 14-7 over the span of games this past week. With that being said, there are a number of players to consider for this week’s Predator of the Week.
We pick the Predator of the Week each Thursday because the Predators’ season began on a Thursday this year.
Here’s who we think stood out for Nashville this past week:
Mark Harris – This week I am going to give the nod to Shea Weber. Weber’s offensive game seems to be coming around seeing as he posted five-points in the three-games played last week. He had three-assists in the blowout win over the Leafs on Tuesday and seemed to dominate (who didn’t) in every aspect of his game. Weber has 11-points on the season with +11 +/- rating this season. At this time last season he had eight-points with a -8 +/- rating.
Cutler Klein – Taylor Beck. The youngster is finally getting consistent NHL minutes, and it’s paying dividends. Number fourty-one scored two-goals vs. Toronto on Tuesday, and they were pretty goals too. He is still playing on the bottom-six, but if he keeps this up, Peter Laviolette may want to give him a trial run on the top-six; he’s already getting a bit of playing time on the power play.
Here’s a look at one of those ‘pretty goals’ he scored Tuesday night:
Garrett Green – I’m tempted to go with Prince Filip again but for the sake of change I am going to give my vote to good ol’ Shea Weber. To be honest I hadn’t been very happy with Weber’s play early this season but he’s come around the past six to seven games, especially the last three to four games. This past week he was defensively stronger and more effective in his own zone without losing his offensive production. Last week he posted one-goal, four-assists and a +3 plus/minus; those are some numbers I can get behind. So keep it up O Captain! My Captain! For our fearless trip is not done.
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Daniel Lavender – While I’m tempted to declare the Toronto Maple Leafs as my pick for Predator of the Week, it has to remain Filip Forsberg. This past week he scored five-points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three-games. He is still better than a point per game player. I don’t know how long this form can hold. So enjoy it while you can. He is on fire.
The Admiral of the Week is very easy to choose this go-round. It has to be Magnus Hellberg. The Milwaukee Admirals faced a dynamo of a hockey club in the Rockford IceHogs this past weekend. They had only two regulation defeats prior to those games and a franchise best eight-game winning streak. Hellberg stopped 53/55 shots on goal to beat Rockford twice on back-to-back nights. He has won all five of his starts so far for the Ads and has an AHL best for goals against average (0.78) and save percentage (0.969).