Mueller makes most of unexpected opportunity in Predators victory

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 11:25pm
Staff reports

Chris Mueller, who was not originally scheduled to play, had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators defeated the Washington Capitals 2-0 in a preseason contest Tuesday at Baltimore.

Mueller got the game-winner off an assist from Shea Weber with 2:29 to play in the second period. He also had an assist on Colin Wilson’s third-period goal.

The goal was Mueller’s second in as many days as the Predators played their third preseason contest in a span of 24 hours.

Center Blake Geoffrion was pulled in the morning because of a cut to his wrist and Mueller, who appeared in 15 games for Nashville last season, was inserted in his place.

Goalies Pekka Rinne and Jeremy Smith combined for the shutout against a lineup that included Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, one of the league’s top offensive players. Smith preserved the shutout with a late save against Ovechkin.

Niclas Bergfors, an offseason free agent addition, assisted on both goals. Wilson also had a goal in the first of Monday’s two games against the Panthers.

Dubbed the Baltimore Hockey Classic, the first hockey game in that city since 1997 drew a crowd of more than 11,000.

Nashville’s next game is Friday at Carolina. It plays its first home game of the preseason 7 p.m. Saturday against Winnipeg.

First cuts: Nashville returned three players, including 2010 first-round draft pick Austin Watson, to their junior teams.

Watson was sent back to the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

Seventh-round picks David Elsner (2010) and Brent Andrews (2011) also were returned to their clubs in the OHL and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, respectively.

The current training camp roster includes 52 players.

1 Comment on this post:

By: localboy on 9/21/11 at 12:05

How bout them 'Dores?