Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Trotz thinks Jets-Preds rivalry will grow

  • Print
Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz (top).


Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz (top).

Barry Trotz pretty much made one guarantee after his Nashville Predators skated to a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in the MTS Centre on Sunday night.

You’re not likely to need a good book — it would have come in handy on Sunday — the next time the teams play here in early November.

"I think that’ll grow," the Nashville head coach said, asked when the last time his team played such an emotion-free divisional game. "You can say it’s a division game and it is but we don’t have any history yet. If we play Detroit, we have more history... it will grow because we’re going to butt heads and this team (the Jets) has got some really good, dynamic players and they’re well-coached. And they’ve got a passionate city behind them.

"We’re going to bump heads, I can guarantee you that. There’s going to be some head-bumping before it’s done. It’s Game 1. It’ll come as we start playing some rivalry games. We don’t have a rivalry yet.

"Maybe both make the playoffs, we’ll meet and then it’ll be on and you’ll never ask that question again."

It was Nashville’s second straight night with a road win. Saturday, the Preds dispatched Montreal with a late goal, travelled to Winnipeg and took two more points to be 5-1-1 since dropping their first two of the season.

Trotz didn’t make much of a secret he thought his team didn’t even play its best.

"I don’t know if it was low-emotion," he said Sunday. "We’re a pretty physical team. I thought we weren’t very physical today. We’ll get back to that.

"We didn’t finish on people the way we usually do. We’re a lot harder than we were today."

Winnipegger Colin Wilson, who had one assist in the visitors’ road win, said his team held up its end of the emotion in the game.

"I don’t know," he started. "I felt like we were in it. I don’t know if I can say it was emotionless or anything like that. I think our team was in it. I wasn’t on their bench. I think we did a good job."

Just a smart road-game approach, limiting mistakes, was key, Wilson said.

"The guys were a little tired but a lot of guys have played in the league a while," he said. "We just kept getting the puck in and got some good bounces."

Free agent signing Matt Cullen, who scored the 3-0 goal in the second period, thought the Preds just kept right on playing hard, now that they’ve caught their stride early in the season.

"Tough travel, tough back-to-back, but it’s a big two-game stretch for this team to come out and get a big win tonight and last night," Cullen said. "We’re playing pretty well right now, getting some good goaltending and playing some pretty good hockey. We’re wearing teams down. We’ve got four lines that can skate."

That goaltending included the first NHL win for Thunder Bay native Carter Hutton, in his first start of the season.

"Real special for our group to get him a win," said Trotz, who normally has the luxury of throwing Pekka Rinne at opponents most nights. "There’s nothing like winning on the road. It’s hard to win on the road in this league.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Three injured in Sherbrook Street fire

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local- A large osprey lands in it's nest in a hydro pole on Hyw 59  near the Hillside Beach turnoff turn off. Osprey a large narrow winged hawk which can have a wingspan of over 54 inches are making a incredible recovery since pesticide use of the 1950's and  1960's- For the last two decades these fish hawks have been reappearing in the Lake Winnipeg area- Aug 03, 2005
  • A black swallowtail butterfly land on Lantana flowers Sunday morning at the Assiniboine Park English Gardens- standup photo – August 14, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


What are your feelings on NHL potentially implementing 3-on-3 overtime?

View Results

Ads by Google