Predators forwards Rich Clune and Simon Moser have found themselves locked in competition this training camp — Clune to get more ice time and Moser to make the team. But the two found a way to hook up for a goal and play effective hockey in Nashville’s 2-1 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night in front of a Bridgestone Arena crowd of 13089. The game was the Predators’ second and final exhibition contest in Nashville. The Predators who are 2-0-0 at home in the preseason and 2-2-1 overall will have two more games before the start of the regular season — Wednesday at Washington and Friday at the New York Islanders. “People are asking me ‘Are you worried about your spot?’ The only thing I’m worried about is being better than I was last year” said Clune who played the 2013 season with Nashville. “You never make the team at camp. You make the team at summer waking up every day working hard. Everything I’ve done up until this point is just coming out. I just want to be better than last year.” With 15:12 left in the first period Clune found Moser in front of Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback for an easy tap-in. Clune was stopped on a breakaway coming out of the penalty box before he corralled the rebound and found Moser. The Predators have Moser a 24-year-old from Bern Switzerland in camp on a professional tryout agreement. And as they’ve trimmed the roster from 60 to 27 Moser has stuck around. “When I step on the ice I give 100 percent and in the end we’ll see if it adds up or not” Moser said. “I can only do my part and the rest is the organization.” Defenseman Kevin Klein blasted the game-winner with 5:13 left in the third period to make the score 2-0. Stalberg out: Forward Viktor Stalberg left six minutes into the game with what the Predators called an upper-body injury. He appeared to be clutching his shoulder. Coach Barry Trotz said Stalberg would miss the remainder of the team’s preseason games. The Predators signed the speedy winger to a four-year contract in the offseason to help their offense on the first line.
Predators remain perfect at home in preseason, 2-1 over Lightning
Tennessean | Sep 25