- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 9, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

CLOSE BUT This is Nashville's fourth season in the NHL, but the Predators still haven't learned the fine art of scoring. And there are times when the people who least deserve to suffer because of that fact suffer nonetheless.

Take Nashville goalie Mike Dunham. Going into last night, he had lost 16 games this season, including four by 1-0 and two by 2-0 in which the opposition scored empty-net goals at the end. That means he allowed just one goal in six games and still went 0-6-0.

WHAT'S NEXT? The Olympic break starts Tuesday and continues to midnight Feb. 25. There is also a personnel freeze starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday that expires at the same time the Olympic break does. Teams are not allowed to resume practice with non-Olympic players until Feb. 21.

MOVING UP Nashville's Barry Trotz has moved past Ron Wilson in coaching longevity for expansion teams and now has only Terry Crisp to catch. Trotz, who coached for years in the Caps' system, was behind the bench for the Predators' 297th game recently, passing the mark of 296 Wilson had in Anaheim. Crisp, now a Nashville TV commentator, coached the first 391 games of Tampa Bay's existence.

Dave Fay



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