Saturday, February 28, 2009

Preds Embarass Red Wings, 8-0

What a night where everything went right. Pecca Rinne with super saves and a shutout. Hat trick by Arnott. Koistenen plays offense instead of defense and gets a goal. Pihlstrom gets a much needed confidence building goal. Cal O'Reilly comes up from Milwaukee and gets a point in first NHL game. Sullivan/Dumont 3 assists each. And with the winning streak at 4 games, the Preds are in the playoffs by being the #8 seed in the west at the moment.

Food for Thought........
* I know it was due to Martin Erat's injury but Ville Koistenen playing wing instead of defense may have been for other reasons. Was it to showcase his offensive skills as trade bait? He has been rumored in trade talks and he has publicly requested a trade. Scoring that goal didn't hurt. If David Poile is working a deal, Koistenen's stock went way up with that move.

* Preds still need a ton of help to make the playoffs. Winning 4 in a row is doing their part, now they need Minnesota, Dallas and Edmonton to lose because they have played 2-3 fewer games than the Preds. HUGE, HUGE, HUGE game versus Edmonton Tuesday night.

* I hope the scoring binge lately doesn't make David Poile ride out the season with what he has. Another goal scorer is needed not only to make the playoffs but make a run if they get in. A trade must happen and Koistenen is at peak value the moment.

* I love Shea Weber's game. Punish teams with the body, great shot from the point and bring the hammer when needed like you saw tonight. If Detroit thought about getting chippy being down several goals, he put that to rest with his response to Lilja. Three Weber uppercuts later the Red Wings knew the Preds would not allow a physical response.

That is all for now. Watch for a trade and watch those scores until Tuesday when Edmonton comes to town.

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