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04-07-2009, 12:01 PM
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"The End Is The Beginning" - 04.07.09 - Nashville vs. Chicago



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Nashville Injury Report
Martin Erat (Broken Leg, Out For Season)
David Legwand (Cheek, Out For Season)
Ryan Jones (Upper Body, Doubtful)
Wade Belak (Sports Hernia, Out For Season)

Nashville Projected Lineup
Sullivan-Arnott-Dumont
Fiddler-O'Reilly-Ward
Smithson-Bonk-Ortmeyer
Tootoo-Nichol-Koistinen

Weber-Suter
Hamhuis-Zanon
De Vries-Klein

Rinne


Chicago Injury Report
Brent Sopel (Elbow, Out)
Troy Brouwer (Knee, Doubtful)
Patrick Sharp (Leg, Out)

Chicago Projected Lineup
Kane-Toews-Havlat
Versteeg-Bolland-Eager
Byfuglien-Pahlsson-Ladd
Johnson-Fraser-Burish

Keith-Seabrook
Campbell-Barker
Hjalmarsson-Walker

Khabibulin



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Nice song, WE NEED TO WIN. I predict Ward/O'Reilly get a goal.

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I hope the entire third line is gone next year.

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I hope the entire third line is gone next year.
I think everybody does.

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I hope the entire third line is gone next year.
I'd like to make Bonk our #4 center next year. Unlike his wingers, he can contribute at both ends of the ice and can still play in a scoring role when the team's in a bind.

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What exactly was Legwand's injury that has him out for year?

Well here's hoping for a good game. We usually suck vs you guys so hopefully my Hawks can pull it out.

Game means alot to both teams. Hawks can clinch home ice in 1st round with a win and a Van lose

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I still think Smithson and Bonk have been pretty good together.

Im ready to be appreciated tonight!

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What exactly was Legwand's injury that has him out for year?

Well here's hoping for a good game. We usually suck vs you guys so hopefully my Hawks can pull it out.

Game means alot to both teams. Hawks can clinch home ice in 1st round with a win and a Van lose
upper body injury

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I'd like to make Bonk our #4 center next year. Unlike his wingers, he can contribute at both ends of the ice and can still play in a scoring role when the team's in a bind.
No love for Nichol?

Bonk wouldn't survive on a 4th line. Looking at your 4th line that appears to be your tough guy, enforcer line. Bonk would be out of place

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What exactly was Legwand's injury that has him out for year?
It was a little like this:



But with a hockey puck.

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It was a little like this:



But with a hockey puck.
come on Belichik

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No love for Nichol?

Bonk wouldn't survive on a 4th line. Looking at your 4th line that appears to be your tough guy, enforcer line. Bonk would be out of place
Nichol's too small to be an effective physical player.

The idea is that we turn the fourth line into less of an "enforcer" line and more of a "checking/shutdown" line with three lines of skill players. E.g.:

Sullivan-Arnott-Dumont
Legwand-Wilson-Erat
Jones-O'Reilly-Hörnqvist
Pihlström-Bonk-Tootoo/Smithson

That fourth line is a line that is defensively responsible (for the most part) and still brings the physical presence that Trotz loves out of his energy players.

Alternately, we could trade Smithson and plug in Ward somewhere and have a more talented lineup with a similar setup in mind.

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What a choke job in the second. 2 goals in the first minute in. Jeez.

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Argh! We suck!

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Come On Preds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Need a Blues loss then. 1-0 Coyotes right now.

EDIT: 1-1 now.

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04-07-2009, 10:06 PM
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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.

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My head hurts.

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.

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04-08-2009, 12:32 AM
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In my opinion, Rinne needs to be better. I watched some highlights of tonights game, and he wasn't good.

The offense is what it is and if the goaltender can't come up with the big saves, you don't win.

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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.

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Well, we need to win both our games and we need St. Louis to lose one, or Anaheim to lose two....

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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.

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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.

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