A little over 16 hours past what was definitely one of the more embarrassing moments of the 2010-2011 Nashville Predators season, the Preds are trying to find answers as to what went wrong in Game 1 and try to learn from their mistakes as the best of 7 series continues tomorrow evening in Vancouver.
In my opinion, it wasn’t as much as something going wrong, but more of an “awe-struck” look for the majority of the game. A great comparison? Nashville @ Detroit on October 30th. Nashville was decidedly handled by a much more experienced and much more aggressive Red Wings team who whipped the Preds into a 5-2 decision. This was ALSO the first and only game that I have ever attended at Joe Lewis Arena.
The comparisons to the October 30th game and last nights game, for the offensive forwards, is highly similar. The defense and goaltending surely wasn’t in question last night (except for the huge gaffe by Kevin Kline leading to Vancouver’s only goal) as Pekka Rinne turned away 29 of the 30 Canucks shots on net, and all 30 of those shots were extremely dangerous shots. For the offense? They didn’t look tired…but more of a “nice to be here” attitude.
However, look on the bright side. Nashville played 6 games against Detroit this year and went 4-0-1 after that October 30th mess in Detroit. Nashville has at LEAST 3 more games against Vancouver and get 1 more try at them for every win they get until they reach 4. So, this series is not even close to being able to be decided yet
There is a reason they play 7 games in a series, you’re not going to win every game. Lose and rebound back, that’s what you do and that’s what Nashville has been doing all season. Lose a big game? Bounce back and get the next one. I called a Vancouver win last night, but believe me when I say Game 2 will be EXTREMELY different