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Live from Nashville

I'm sitting high atop the Sommet Center in Nashville with the puck drop just 15 minutes away.
I'll post comments as the game goes along.

Mark Howe is sittingf our seats down from me on press row.

This is just only the 4th time that the Predators and Thrashers have played each other in the regular season, which is really a shame considering that they are the team the closest distance to the Atlanta area.

If you never been to Nashville, the Predators skate out onto the ice through a giant inflatable Predator head. As far as fan entertainment goes I prefer the Thrashers choice of bird heads that shoot out flames.

The game lineups have been distributed and Larsen is a scratch and Boulton is being dressed. I'm not sure if Don Waddell is expecting some fisticuffs but they have someone ready to go if necessary.

Both teams enter this game with just 2 wins apiece and thus both have pressure to get a win tonight. If the Thrashers win they have a chance to escape the basement of the Eastern Conference and pass the Rangers and tie Buffalo

So far Exelby and Klee are really struggling in their own end. Enstrom and Havelid are getting the puck out. Seems like most of the game has been in the ATL end.

Finally the puck is in the Nashville end on solid play by 17 and 10.

Hedberg has been getting little help. He made some great saves in a flurry but then left a rebound behind which a Predator player beat McCarthy to.

Shots on goal are 16-3

No breakout for Atlanta, poor coverage and slow reaction times are allowing NAS to spend most of the game in the Thrashers end of the ice.

The team is very fortunate to only down 1-0

2nd Period
Sterling puts the Thrashers down a man. Then he gets a brief look in front of the net as his line draws a PP from NAS.

On the PP Enstrom has a nice play at the blueline and gives to Hossa who skates into the slot and passs to Streling who was in Hossa's usual spot down low left side.

2 on 1 as Klein makes nice move for easy Tootoo goal.

Then the Sterling-Little-Hossa line nearly scored. Both Sterling and Hossa like to cycle. If Hossa had passed across the crease Sterling would have had a tap in goal.

Hoosa and Todd White didn't seem to know where the other guy was going.

Haydar with a terrific chance on a feed from Klee.

More good pressure by the Kovalchuk line.

More shots this period and more play in the Nashville end but it has not resulted in any goals against the backup of netminder. The offense is finally flowing but Ellis has been equal to the task.

3rd Period

No big scoring chances either way so far. Predators may be content to sit on 2-0 lead.

The Predators sem to have a stick of body in the lane every time the Thrashers try to shot or pass.

I'll have wrap up soon.

The Wolves are this Friday night.