My random thoughts from last night's Predator's game.
1. The Predator's power play certainly got some life in it on the 4th of February, generating three power play goals. Hornqvist “The Super Swedish Viking” scored on two deflections, once again proving he is Nashville's MVP this season. Hornqvist now has 23 goals, his disappointing freshman campaign is now a distant memory. He is now on pace for 33 goals this season, something only Paul Kariya and Jason Arnott have done with the Predators.
2. Steve Sullivan and Jason Arnott had huge games against the Avs. Sullivan had a crucial power play goal in the third to put the icing on the cake and in addition, had one assist. Jason Arnott finally looked like the player everyone in Nashville knew he could be, putting in one goal and helping with three others. I really liked having Arnott on the point with Weber during the power plays. Hopefully this trend will continue into the future because it really seemed to work last night. Of course, Arnott's success last night has to bring up the inevitable question of….
3. Where was el ' capitan this past month? It was recently reported that Arnott has been injured for the past while, as I speculated a week ago. Arnott recently released a statement saying he had an injured bursa sac on his elbow. Now, I'm no doctor, but that sure as hell doesn't sound like a pleasant injury. Certainly an injury like this must have affected his play. He said that his shot was a little bit affected but there was no excuse for him not putting the puck in the net. I disagree. If Arnott was that injured, why in the world was he playing in the first place? In all honesty, I think the Predators would have been better sitting Arnott and calling up Colin Wilson. A 60% or 80% Ovechkin or Crosby can still put up tons of points, an 80% Arnott can't. We needed scoring help and Arnott wasn't there. I'm glad his elbow is better, but I think we really blew an opportunity to see Colin Wilson here in Nashville blossom as a power forward.
4. Speaking of Wilson, he was recently named the AHL Rookie of the Month. Wilson posted 7 goals and 13 assists in seventeen games. The kid is on fire. If Wilson continues playing at this level, I expect him to be called up and Cal O'Reilly to be traded by the deadline. I think congrats are in order for Wilson, who started off the season battling a nagging groin injury. He seems to finally be over that particular injury.
5. I have to give a little bit of credit to Dan Hamhuis who has now played three very solid games in a row. Luckily, his recent success will probably help the Predators' asking price at the trade deadline. Well, we can only hope.
6. “Tide to go” is probably the best invention known to man. Well, at least better than Gunter's “the Caveman” square wheel. I had a date with my girlfriend last night, and we went to see a concert featuring the group, “Canadian Brass.” The show itself was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend checking the group out. They weren't only great musicians, but great entertainers. Where was I? Oh yeah, “Tide to go.” Anyway, right before I was to meet my girlfriend, I spilled some coke on my white shirt. Panicking, wondering what in the world I was going to do about this stupid stain on my shirt, it dawns on me,” Oh wait, I just bought, “Tide to go.” I rushed back to my room, grabbed the little bugger, and BLAMO, the stain was a thing of the past. Guys, I can't tell you enough, this “Tide to go” stick is a MUST for every guy who is either: A. Definitely in a relationship B. Is working toward a relationship C. Has any potential what soever in a relationship or D. Is clumsy with his food and/or drink. There you go, Chris' life tip number one.
Alright Alright, back to hockey.
7. Cal O'Reilly is completely worthless to this team right now playing fourth line minutes. Spaling was much more the reliable and constant energy guy. Cal doesn't fit in our line up and frankly, I think it is foreshadowing what is to become of Cal with the Predators. I don't think he has developed as quickly or nearly as much as many anticipated.
8. Cody Franson will be out for at least two weeks with broken ribs. Now, I again, I am not a doctor (actually I strongly dislike science in general) but two weeks sounds a bit optimistic for a pair of broken ribs. I expect him out for at least four weeks.
Predators have a big game Saturday against the San Jose Guppies. If the Predators can win this game, they will have had at least a point in the past four games. The Preds currently sit in 7th place in the West, but have a long road trip here before the Olympic break.
Predator's forward Jordin Tootoo just re-signed with the Predators. Two year deal, 1.15 mil, then 1.35 mil the 2nd year.
Stay tuned Preds fans.
About the Author
Written by Chris Rydburg
Chris currently attends my Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He hopes to one day be a high school teacher.