Predators Tallying Goals With Their Blueliners

November 11th, 2009 by Drew Elmore Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators, despite averaging around 2.1 goals per game, are staying afloat as they continue a West Coast road swing.

In a losing effort, the Preds managed to go toe-to-toe with the NHL's top team, San Jose, but allowed a feeding frenzy in the final minute.  Sharks' defenseman Dan Boyle sneaked a harmless wrister through Dan Ellis' legs, cementing a result at the HP Pavilion.

It is exactly the issue of defensemen scoring that this article seeks to elucidate. Everyone seems to be talking about getting production from the back end these days. Of course, in Nashville's case, scoring is needed from the forwards too, but including tonight's action 11 of Nashville's 33 goals have been by D-men.

Leading the charge is Nashville's All-Star Shea Weber. He returned to the lineup more quickly than expected after taking a blocked shot off his foot. Five of the 11 goals scored by the Nashville defense have come from his howitzer at the point.

Also contributing two goals apiece are fellow Salmon Arm, B.C. native Cody Franson, and Weber's sometime linemate Ryan Suter. Both of these youngsters know their team needs them to shoot the puck ...

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