Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Reason for Buffalo to Hate Nashville

Were you watching Sunday afternoon for Music City Miracle #2? Okay, it didn't happen in Nashville but it involved a Nashville/Buffalo match up. The Preds scored twice in the last 2:30 of the game to tie it up and then win on the first rush in overtime, 4-3. Blake Geoffrion is now the #2 most hated Nashvillian in Buffalo right after Frank Wycheck. His hat trick, with 2 goals coming in the last 2:30 of the game, was gritty and showed he is as good as advertised. Geoffrion now has 6 goals in his first 11 games in a Preds uniform. Across a full season that would have him in the 40-45 goals range.

Are the Preds ready for a serious playoff run? I think tonight's game with Edmonton will tell you a ton about the team. The Preds are on a roll. They are playing a team who has struggled all year and spent most of the year in last place of the western conference. If the Preds are dialed in, ready to solidify a playoff spot and carry momentum into the playoffs, they come out hot early and put Edmonton away. If they lay back, play conservative and lose tonight, I think you will see them struggle the rest of the way to hold onto the last playoff spot.

* Mike Fisher needs to score. He has played so solid but now the pucks are not finding the net. The Preds need a scoring binge from him. Once he gets hot, I think the rest of the team will start scoring as well.
* Pekka Rinne is good. Just look at the amount of goals the Preds have scored this year and tell me how they are in playoff contention. The answer-Pekka Rinne.
* Jonathon Blum has a knack for knowing when to pinch in and help on offense without putting hit team at a defensive disadvantage. He is a very good offensive defenseman. Watch for him to start getting more and more praise around the NHL as people notice him.
* Thanks to Russell and Amanda Mundy for the ticket to the L.A. Kings game last week and being faithful followers to the blog. Kudos to Megan Summers to who lets me tag along to games with her as well.

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