Well, I thought I would bring back the old format since I got a few emails from my readers saying I lost my edge. Energy drink in hand… let’s drop the puck!
20:00 Coyotes at Predators. Should be a great game between the number 4 and number 7 seeded teams. I expect a tight checking game from the Coyotes. I expect the Preds to try to get an early goal and establish offensive pressure from the outset. All the lines have to play well in order for the Predators to get a win tonight.
18:49 What is going on in the room next to me? Kinda sounds like a mixture of someone trying to play guitar while killing a squawking bird. Shut up in there! The games on. Crazy college kids.
17:56 Predators are controlling play. Great forecheck by Sullivan and Goc.
14:06 Yotes score on a 2 v 1. Lee Stepniak just rifled one past Rinne’s glove. Franson got caught pinching which directly lead to the Coyotes goal. Stepniak is one of the guys who I wanted at the trade deadline. Yes, I am a little bit sour Poile didn’t pick him up. Keith Yandle is the one who passed that puck up. Really pretty play.
10:43 I wonder if we are going to see the new headshot rule called tonight.
10:00 This isn’t looking good. I don’t think Nashville can win this game. The Yotes are blocking too many shots and Erat is turning the puck over. This team is really missing the leadership of Captain Jason Arnott. The Preds need someone to up the energy.
6:51 I like it I love it! Honk if your Horny, the “Swedish Super Viking” once again puts the biscuit in the basket, tallying his 29th goal of the season. This was an awesome backhand shot that rang off the post an in. What a great shot and setup.
5:29 Rinne with a huge save! I think Wolski was trying to lob the puck in the net.
End of 1: Looks like Rinne is playing well and the Goc, Sullivan, Hornqvist line continues to look good.
18:00 I barely have time to sit down before Steve Sullivan wrists one past the goalie stick side. Great shot and a great play by Marcel Goc to get the puck to Sully who did the smart thing and shot the darn thing. This line is on fire tonight. They are good for both goals and have been the best line out there so far.
17:00 Preds are coming out and dominating this period. We are out playing them badly right now IMHO. They have established a strong forecheck, which is exactly what I said was the key of the game.
13:45 Great exchange last night between my friend and I. Friend: What’s up man. Me: watching hockey. Friend: Who’s winning? Me: Nashville. Friend: Can I burrow some cash? Me: Yeah yeah whatever I’m watching the game. My friend leaves with my wallet… yep these are my friends taken advantage of a hockey addict. NOTE: I got it back after the game with all my money, he just wanted to see if I was paying attention. Let that be a lesson to you.
11:58 WOW! What a great play by Cal O’Reilly to setup Dan Hamhuis for a onetimer. O’Reilly threw a no-look pass to a streaking Hamhuis who just ripped the puck past Bryzgalov. Great read by Hamhuis to get over to the puck, but even better play by O’Reilly who threw that perfect no-look pass.
9:47 Predators on a power play.
7:47 Predators power play over no shots on goal. Your Nashville Predators are on the FLOWER PLAY!
5:54 Predators appear to be aiming for Bryzgalov’s stick side all the time. I wonder if this is Bryzgalov’s weakness?
End of 2: Predators really came out and dominated this period. Good goals. My one complaint is the power play looked pitiful for the Predators. Phoenix is doing a great job blocking shots. The Predators have to maintain discipline on defense if they want to win. This team has to play out the last twenty minutes like their playoff lives depend on it.
18:20 My goodness do I like Shane Doan. The guy is an absolute leader on the ice. I dunno how he is in the locker room, but he leads by example on the ice. From all accounts, he seems like a quality guy.
8:32 Preds once again squander a power play with no shots on goal. That is two power plays now with no shots on goal. This team misses Jason Arnott.
9:00 Can we trade for Shane Doan? Please?
6:32 Coyotes score right after killing a feeble power play attempt by Nashville. I dunno where the power play went this game, but it went to hell in a hand basket. The newest Coyote, Wolski picks up the puck and slings it past Pekka Rinne. Not sure if Rinne was screened at all, but it mattered little. I thought it was a great shot by Wolski. Score is now 3-2.
3:57 the Coyotes score again tying the game at 3 a piece. The Predators once again relinquish a third period lead. Unbelievable! This team has struggled all season to close games out. They have been outscored 78-67 this season in the third period. Simply inexcusable. When they are ahead with about eight minutes left, they just totally collapse and get their foot off the peddle. Come on guys!
End of 3. To be honest, no real positives. Predators once ago blow a lead in the 3rd. Very frustrating if you are a Predators fan.
0:00 To overtime we go.
Overtime: Nothing of real importance.
Shootout time in Smashville
Coming into tonight’s game Phoenix has a league leading 12 shootout wins lead by Adrian Aucoin of all people. He is 5 for 5 this season. Pretty sensational if you ask me.
First shot PHX- Lee Stempniak dekes Rinne out of his pants and scores on the five hole.
First shot NSH- Cal O’Reilly responds with a snipe of his own, beating Bryz with a wicked wrister just inside the pipe and crossbar on Bryz glove side.
Second shot PHX- Aucoin comes in and does his famous wrister, but Pekka Rinne wasn’t fooled.
Second shot NSH- Martin Erat misses wide glove side.
Third shot PHX- Vrbata got robbed on the backhand after his shot pinged of the post, then crossbar. No goal.
Third shot NSH- David Legwand wastes no time cramming the puck through Bryz’s five hole to win the game. Thank goodness!
Overall a GREAT night to be Predators fan but the Preds have got to figure out a way to make things less exciting. When we have a 2 goal lead, we have to keep it. Leaving their fate to the “Overtime Gods” is a bad idea. The Kings and the Flames lost (in regulation no less!) so things are looking good for the Predators’ playoff chances. The next game is the big Saturday game against Detroit in the Stone. This will arguably be the biggest game of the season for Nashville.
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.