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Taking A Look At My Prediction: In my pre-game thoughts, here’s what I said
“Well, I’ve been right on one side of the numbers for the predicted goals 2 games in a row, let’s see if I can make it a third? The Preds are going to have their hands full with the juggernaut that is the Vancouver Canucks, but I just don’t FEEL the Predators grabbing 2 points tonight. This game is going to be CLOSE (see my previous article on this series) and both goaltenders are going to see a heavy amount of shots (30+ on both sides), but I think Vancouver get’s the best of the Predators tonight in a shootout.”
Well I called this one wrong…and I can’t be much happier I did. This game was a 60 minute hockey game for both teams, but Nashville got the better of the defensively-depleted Canucks lineup
Powerplay – 0 for 2, 0%
Powerplay For The Season – 30 for 196, 15.3%, 25th in the league
Penalty Kill – 4 for 5 (Perfect in 4 of the last 5 games! 20 of 21), 80%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 27 for 199, 86.4%, 2nd in the league
Best Play of the Game: Nick Spaling’s goal SEVEN seconds after the Sedin’s connect for the equalizer on a power play. Without this goal, I have a feeling my initial prediction may have come true
Worst Play of the Game: From the Preds? I really can’t put my finger on one. You can’t blame them for allowing 1 goal on 5 attempts to the best power play in the league, and that goal WAS pretty nice. So…no real “worst play” tonight
Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: Pekka Rinne – The Finnish Fiend is at it again! He is the best goaltender in the league, hands down
The Bad: I’m going to leave this one empty as well, no real bad players for the Preds, but that doesn’t say anything about 4 other particular people on the ice though
My Preds #1 Star: Pekka Rinne. 35 saves on 36 shots. Another solid solid night
Synopsis: The Predators were pumped about this game coming into it and they had something to prove to every nay-sayer in the NHL that didn’t think the Predators had it in them to be the real deal that they couldn’t be in the past.
Well, through the initial 20 minutes of this game, it looked like a defensive stalemate between the two teams and that this would probably be another 1 goal game in the lopsided series between these two teams. The second period comes and, for the most part, was pretty uneventful…and then the clock strikes at 5:47 left. Erat scores and brings the near-capacity crowd to their feet!
Well, this stayed pat for about 4 minutes before the Sedin brother connect on a tic-tac-toe powerplay presentation at 18:15 to tie the game. Now from here, it looked like the teams would go into the 2nd intermission to a 1-1 tie. Well, Spaling and Fisher had a different idea: in a matter of 56 seconds the Preds would pocket 2 goals and take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission and hold steady for the next 20 minutes.
This, for all intents and purposes, was a playoff game and looked just like one. Just glad to see the Predators come out on top against the #1 team in the league. Now, onward to the Coyotes which looks to be in front of a SOLD OUT Bridgestone Arena
Next game is Saturday night against the Pacific Division leading Phoenix Coyotes
Thanks for reading!