not sure what to say about tonight....a couple terrible turnovers that led to goals, some poor decisions from the coaching staff and atleast 3 players that I won't name that we're at best ineffective tonight. Some big names that have stepped up over the last bunch of games did absolutley nothing...lets hope this isn't what we can expect out of them in seasons to come. If it is I hope we part ways before next season. It's upsetting 3/4's of the team played well and we lost. Maybe the "This is the most important game of the season" memo didn't end up in the other 1/4's inbox.
Our fate is on STL's sticks.
I wonder what would have happened if we had Legwand/Erat out there during crunch time instead of Fiddler/ORLY?
We just don't have the offense to play catch up every single game. Now we have to go into 2 of the hardest home buildings in the West, and try to win out. Tonight was probably the final nail in the coffin, unfortunately.
That first goal goes in against any goalie in the NHL. Absolutely perfect shot.
Second, I guess you could blame him for giving up a rebound.
Third, backhands are so unpredictable. They fool many goalies. But a quick backhand on the blocker side is definitely Rinne's kryptonite.
I don't know we needed Rinne to carry us and he didn't, Of course we were a turnover machine last night and that didn't help (I'm looking at YOU Dumont and Hamhuis ). We couldn't stop their first line most the night.
Oh well we all knew it would be an uphill battle. We have 2 key players out and only one line that is a threat to score and they stink defensively. We had to play a bunch of playoff teams while the Blues get to play the cellar dwellers. It's not over of course but its a longshot.
I don't blame Rinne, I blame the awful turnovers in our defensive zone. Chicago took away the boards yet some Predators thought it was still a good idea to continue to blindly and softly backhand the puck along the boards to get it out of the zone, when they had time to take a look. Happened more than once and to more than one player. Given Nashville's schedule and the schedules for teams we are now chasing, you have to believe the Predators are done.