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This is what we call a “winning streak”. It HAS happened before (Thank you Major League). The Predators did exactly what they had to do and took out a lower opponent in the Avalanche and won this one 4-2
Powerplay – 0 for 5, 0%
Powerplay For The Season – 34 for 230, 14.7%
Penalty Kill – 4 for 4, 100%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 35 for 238, 85.3%
Best Play of the Game: Joel Ward gets a gift wrapped pass from the Avalanche, cuts out Peter Budaj’s jock strap, has time to hang it on the Bridgestone Arena tower outside, and THEN wrap it around Budaj to give the Predators a 3-1 lead and essentially the game winning goal
Worst Play of the Game: Kind of a toughy. There weren’t any MAJOR mistakes and weren’t any glaring issues I saw in the Predators game tonight
Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: Joel Ward – The man has been a BEAST as of late! 3 goals in 3 games (including 1 tonight), back to back multi-point games (3g, 2a in the past 3 games), and had what HAD to be the goal of the week tonight (which also DISTINCTLY looked EXACTLY like a goal he scored last year
The Bad: Colin Wilson – Wilson…what’s going on, man? You’re losing trust from the coaching staff and if you don’t figure out what the problem is soon, you’re going to end up switching spots with J.P. Dumont. Wilson had only 11 shifts, 7:39 TOI, and a -1.
My Preds #1 Star: What I’m going to dub “The Wardratwand”. In years past, we would be praying that Trotz split this line up…but this line has been tearing it up lately. In the past 4 games, “The Wardratwand” has had 6 goals, 12 assists, and a +10 rating. Not just that, but the Predators are 2-1-1
Synopsis: What can I say? The Predators LITERALLY came out and took care of business tonight. They got a goal from their leader, a goal from a rookie, and two goals from what could easily be called their number 1 line now.
I think what strikes me as a little bit odd is how the Predators seem to be able to do very well in their powerplays lately, not convert on them, and then convert no more than 30 or so seconds later. Hey, I’m not going to turn down a goal, but it would be nice if they converted a few seconds earlier and grow their powerplay percentage a bit.
Other than that, this team continues to play superior on the penalty kill and continue to get tremendous goaltending from their resident MVP, Pekka Rinne. If Pekka Rinne doesn’t get a Vezina nomination and at LEAST some serious Hart consideration (pending if and how we do in the playoffs), then it would be a crying shame.
This team NEEDS to continue their strong play with 3 equally strong opponents coming into the Bridgestone Arena this week: The LA Kings, the Boston Bruins, and perennial rivals the Detroit Red Wings. With this upcoming week, 3 wins and 6 total points could almost solidify a playoff spot for this team or at least get this team into a huge roll going into the final 10 games of season. Whew…a 5 game winning streak? Would be nice to see wouldn’t it? Right now, this is the first 2 game winning streak we’ve had in a month and the 10th winning streak of the year.
Next game is Tuesday March 15th against the Los Angeles Kings at 7:00pm
Playoff Outlook: 80 points, Currently, 9th place – 1 point out of 8th…and 7th…and 6th…and 5th, 2 points out of 4th, 10 points out of the division lead
Best of 19 Record: 3-1-2
March Record: 3-1-2
What SportsClubStats Says?: Predators need to go 7-1-5, 8-2-3, or 9-3-1 to secure a playoff spot
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