Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It's Detroit Game Night

I am just going to gloss over the 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. A pretty lack luster effort, especially from the top line of Arnott/Dumont/Sullivan. They must, and I repeat, must provide goals and keep the puck in the opposition end for the Preds to have a chance. Were it not for another very good performance by Pecca Rinne in goal, this would have been much uglier than 2-0.

But let's forget and go forward. The Preds had won 7 of 10 for 14 points, so a clunker was due. Let's hope we rebound against the Red Wings and then sweep the Blues Thurs./Sat. 4 points is a must, 5 or more would be awesome.

Other Random Thoughts.........
* I understand there was an article in the Tennessean newspaper today concerning Steve Sullivan's production. I was going to post the very same thing before I knew of that. The Preds really go as he does. The goals must start coming. The warm up and re-acclimation to the game from the layoff is over.
* If Sullivan can't get it going, a goal scorer must come in a trade if we are serious about the playoffs. Otherwise, potential good-byes to Fiddler, DeVries, Nichol, Ward, Bonk and Sullivan in deadline trades to go full force into the youth movement. No veteran would be safe.
* The scuttle-butt is Dan Ellis in goal tonight and then Pecca Rinne for the 2 "winnable" games versus St. Louis. I say start Rinne tonight based on his strong performance in the last matchup. The Preds rebounded from a terrible start to take it to Detroit the last 2 periods. I think the Preds' confidence is up for Detroit. Don't send the message we concede to Detroit and going for wins against the Blues. A victory over Detroit is another boost for the playoff run. Ellis can handle the Blues more-so than the snipers from Detroit.

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