Following what I have been saying for weeks, Pecca Rinne is a solid #1 NHL goalie and he is now the man in goal for the Predators. Nothing against Dan Ellis, but Rinne has size to offer so little shooting room, great footwork for his size, and a competitive streak to defend the net. If you score on him he tries twice as hard the next time to keep the puck out of the net. It is time to deal Ellis for some goal scoring help because he has true value to other teams.
Preds playoff chances? Looking better and better as Pecca Rinne gets more confidence with each additional victory. He can be good enough to bring them all the way back.
Other nuggets from the win over the Oilers:
* Another goal for my theory of making the super-duper top line versus spreading goal scorers across all 4 lines. J.P. Dumont adds an unassisted goal off a turnover, but that is still 4 goals in 3 games since Arnott/Sullivan/Dumont were put back together.
* Ryan Jones looks to be the right match for Legwand/Erat. They have been the most active line creating great scoring chances on the western Canada swing.
* 4 out of possible 6 points on the trip takes them to 47 for the year and a tie for 12th place in the west. Good start to 2nd half but a long way to go.
Two home games and a trip to Minnesota this week. Lets go Preds!!!!!!!!