Preds 5, Blackhawks 3
This boiled down to some basic things on Tuesday night. This was Predators at their best. Two power play goals. Four of five goals from the top 6 players(first 2 lines). When the Preds get production from the power play and top 2 lines to go with Pecca Rinne in goal, they are a solid team and one that can make noise in the west.
Preds 4 , Coyotes 1
47 shots on goal says a lot. Pecca Rinne with 25 saves and another win. Top 2 lines score all 4 goals. Preds back in playoff picture with 3 straight wins. Team is rolling right now.
The Trade I Would Try
The Phoenix Coyotes are having financial troubles. They are now out of the race after the loss tonight. They probably need to go young, definitely cut pay and they need help in net. I know salaries play into this but David Poile should pick up the phone and see if Shane Doan or Olli Jokinen are available with a combination of Dan Ellis, Koistenen and a good draft pick. Bring a goalie back in the trade to back up Rinne.
Same thing with the Colorado Avalanche. Out of the race, need to go young and prepare for future. No strong goalie so Ellis, Koistenen, draft pick could go for Smyth/Hejduk/Wolski.
The Preds are back in the race and not far out of out of 5th place. Worth a shot to make the phone call and see. Preds can take on a salary some of the other teams looking to move. On Preds pre-game show tonight Kevin Allen from USA Today said talk of moving Ellis happening because Rinne playing so well. If you look back at my posts, this has been something I have called for as far back as 2 months ago. We will watch and see.