Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Million Dollar Question?

Welcome back Dan Ellis! Dan's first game in some time turns out to be a strong performance with a 2-0 shut out win over the Minnesota Wild. It was not a game of super saves but Dan was solid in turning back 22 shots. Now coach Trotz has a tough decision on who plays in net Sunday. Pecca Rinne who has been spectacular in net for some time or Dan Ellis? There is an unwritten rule in hockey that a shutout means the goalie starts the next game. There were also rumblings during the Preds tough stretch before the all-star break that Dan Ellis was unhappy with playing time. If Trotz returns to Rinne in net, does it cause trouble in the locker room? Tune in Sunday against the Dallas Stars to see what happens.....

* How about Greg Zanon giving up the body to block 4 shots against the Wild. Ryan Suter also tossed in 4 but Zanon seemed to be sprawled on the ice all night trying to block shots. Awesome!
* The Wild really went after the Preds with hard checks pretty much the entire game but to the Preds credit they returned almost every check and didn't back down.
* Shea Weber with some monster hits again shows you better be careful when you come into the Preds offensive zone.
* Steve Sullivan dug one out of the boards that led to Arnott's game winning goal. Seems back is getting stronger and stronger as he is taking on more contact and actually went after Cal Clutterbuck at one point. I think it is only matter of time before he starts piling on the points.

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