Preds get a much needed win in St. Louis last night to stop a 3 game losing streak. Inside that losing streak was 2 losses to the Chicago Blackhawks. Had the Preds won those 2 games they would have been near the top of the western conference standings, but Chicago showed why they are tops in the western conference with 2 strong performances in defeating the Preds. Preds are in Columbus on New Year's Eve and then home for 4 straight before another western Canada 3 game trip. You can sense the importance of every game as the Preds try to hang onto 5th place in the conference playoff standings.
Other quick notes:
* Injuries are starting to be a concern after a good run of not too many significant injuries at once. Now Martin Erat and Kevin Klein were both hurt in last nights game. They join Tootoo and Smithson. When you are talking 4 of your top 20 players injured, that is a tough mountain to climb. Let's hope Erat and Klein are not out long.
* Missing in Action- Steve Sullivan and Jason Arnott. Two-thirds of the top line have disappeared as of late regarding offensive production. They have to get going.
* Patrick Hornqvist!!!!!!! You know my posting history. Didn't understand why he had dropped to the 4th line. You could argue he is MVP to this point in the season for the Preds. Glad to see him getting the ice team because he produces and provides traffic.
All for now. Happy New Year everyone. Let's go Preds.