Predators snap losing streak, finally beat Edmonton

Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:09pm
Staff reports

Nick Spaling scored with 7:39 remaining and goalie Anders Lindback registered his first win of the season as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 2-1 victory Monday over the Edmonton Oilers at Edmonton.

The Predators snapped a four-game losing streak in the first half of a back-to-back set of games in Western Canada. They play at Calgary on Tuesday (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee).

Lindback started for the second time this season and made just 17 saves as the Predators posted a big advantage in shots on goal (31-18). He allowed a goal to Jordan Eberle on the Oilers’ first shot, at 7:07 of the opening period, but gave up nothing else the rest of the way.

The second-year goalie improved to 12-6-2 on his career. He also had an assist on Shea Weber’s second-period power play goal, which tied it 1-1.

The Oilers won the first two meetings of the season by a combined 9-3. In the earlier meeting at Rexall Place, Oct. 17, the Predators were held to a season-low 12 shots.

Nashville, however, had a player injured for the second straight game.

Center Blake Geoffrion, a healthy scratch in each of the previous four contets, logged just 5:30 of ice time before he was knocked from the contest early in the second period with an upper body injury. Defenseman Francis Boullion was in Nashville on Monday after he was injured in Saturday’s loss at Detroit.

Briefly

• The Predators promoted Ian Herbers to head coach of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals after the Carolina Hurricanes hired Kirk Muller to replace Paul Maurice. Carolina fired Maurice earlier in the day,

Muller was in his first season with the Admirals to a 10-6-0-1 record.

Herbers has been an assistant with Milwaukee for the past two-plus seasons. He was a head coach for two seasons with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Cost Hockey League and had a 73-60-8-3 record.

Nashville’s director of player development, Martin Gelinas, was named Herbers’ assistant on an interim basis.
 

1 Comment on this post:

By: News4free on 11/29/11 at 3:36

it may be picky, but wasn't the goal scored on a REBOUND off the first shot? Or did the first "shot" not count as an official shot on goal?

"He allowed a goal to Jordan Eberle on the Oilers’ first shot, at 7:07 of the opening period, but gave up nothing else the rest of the way."