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09-25-2013, 08:17 PM
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This was on twitter : Francois Gagnon of RDS said tonight on Habs broadcast that Preds have interest in Jose Theodore if backup options in camp don't work out.

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09-25-2013, 08:25 PM
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It is still preseason, won't get too worked up yet, just worry about injuries already?
Looks like Wilson played a few shifts at center tonight? Goose, big on the dots! Have not seen a game yet, so hard to judge from radio/boxscore. Will wait until televised before making any judgements.

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09-25-2013, 08:35 PM
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Not liking that Hornqvist hasn't played much since taking that shot in the foot. Preseason has already taken a bite out of this team.

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09-25-2013, 08:38 PM
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Preds actually scored on the PP. At least not shutout. 4-1 loss.

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At least it wasn't a shutout. And as it has been mentioned, the better D players were benched/rested.

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09-25-2013, 08:41 PM
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gonna be a long year boys... a long year


PPDDS is going to be in full swing this season.

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09-25-2013, 09:10 PM
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Stu Grimson just tweeted this : Hornqvist: no fracture. Probably day to day.

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09-25-2013, 10:02 PM
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i hope we do not play anymore guys that we desperately need for the season in the last pre season game. we cannot afford all these injuries.

it's sad but I feel like hornqvist is turning into a hemsky/havlat ordeal....made of glass

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09-25-2013, 10:05 PM
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i hope we do not play anymore guys that we desperately need for the season in the last pre season game. we cannot afford all these injuries.

it's sad but I feel like hornqvist is turning into a hemsky/havlat ordeal....made of glass
Because of last year?

Hornqvist career has been pretty injury free.

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09-25-2013, 10:21 PM
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Because of last year?

Hornqvist career has been pretty injury free.
Yes Hornqvist played 80,79, and 76 games the 3 yrs before last year. He still played half the games last year. He gets minor injuries a lot but he hasn't missed months at a time with a major injury. Glad there was no broken bones and hopefully he'll be ready by opening night.

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09-26-2013, 07:01 AM
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Stu Grimson just tweeted this : Hornqvist: no fracture. Probably day to day.


We need Horns on the ice.

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09-26-2013, 09:23 AM
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Well I was at the game last night and it wasn't pretty. Several of our best players did not play, but that's not really the point. The score was 4-1 but it could have been worse pretty easily.

Bad
Ekholm - Really, really terrible game positionally and with the puck. He really could not handle 1v1 with any of the stronger Washington forwards. This was disappointing for me given all the positive things I've heard about him recently.
Spaling - He had one of the worst plays in recent memory; burned SO badly one on one in the corner, to the point he fell flat on his face, and led directly to a goal (Fehr iirc). Just generally not great throughout the game.
Goose - Terrible with the puck last night, and I don't seem to remember him dominating the circle, but I was also drinking. Just invisible out there; Nystrom looked vastly superior to him and it makes me want to sit Goose and give Beck more time.

Not Great
Hutton - He gave up a weak short side goal and was just generally not great with rebound control. He had a disastrous 2nd period, but he had some great saves in the 1st and he closed the game out well. All-in-all, he's pretty close to the bad bucket, but the defense was just terrible and gave WSH some amazing chances.
Wilson - Wasn't terrible, but it was a disappointing performance. Wasn't strong on the puck and seemed to be just coasting around for the most part.

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• A lot of players were largely invisible and fell somewhere between average and not great. Hornqvist, Beck, Klein, Bartley, etc. Not going to spend much time here.
Jones - Just average. Some basic stickhandling / possession errors, but no major mistakes. Just didn't really stand out. The defense pairings from last night are clearly not going to persist going forward, so I won't worry too much about it.

Pretty Good
Moser - I actually had to look up who this was when the game started because I didn't recognize the number and I was sitting in the cheap seats. He was one of the few bright spots; had some nice carries with the puck that led to some decent chances. Not awesome defensively, but he looked pretty solid.
Ellis - Ellis was pretty great. He was possibly the only person on the Preds other than Fisher who looked like he knew what he was doing when he had the puck. Solid zone clearing whether he was passing or skating it out and he had some good entries that led to decent chances. He was not great as QB on the PP though.
Fisher - Had a great fight with someone and looked like one of the few people who cared last night. Some great chances and played like Fisher normally does.
Nystrom - Color me surprised, but he was one of the best players on the ice. Physical, great fight, and had the best chances on the team. He was surprisingly good behind the net with the puck and I thought he looked like 4x better than Gaustad which is a reasonable comparable.

That's about all the strong impressions I had. Not a great game at all; was most disappointed with the lack of effort, even from some fringe players like Beck, Spaling, etc. I think Spaling hits the trade block; when he got burned and WSH scored, the coaches did a minor huddle on the bench. We'll see.

Also, my heart stopped when Hornqvist took a slapshot off the side of his skate. He immediately went to the bench on one skate and could not put any weight on the other foot; I seriously thought he broke a bone in his foot. Glad he's ok.

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09-26-2013, 09:33 AM
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Goose won 13 of 14 faceoffs.

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09-26-2013, 09:35 AM
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Goose won 13 of 14 faceoffs.
I chalk it up to the drinking then.

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09-26-2013, 09:38 AM
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Totally forgot about Smith. He had a great game; definitely one of the best out there. I love how he has no problem taking a shot if he sees an opportunity.

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09-26-2013, 10:04 AM
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I guess its a good thing we didn't grab Grabovski off the waiver wire, lets see 3 assists, +2, 100% on FO. Boy what a bad night!

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Does Simon Moser have a shot at making the team out of training camp?

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09-26-2013, 10:45 AM
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Does Simon Moser have a shot at making the team out of training camp?
I think he does, but still unsigned. Any news from that side?

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09-26-2013, 10:46 AM
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Looking at the game highlights, Beck had a bad turnover that left Bartley in a bad spot, Barley was out of position though and his guy easily gets behind him on the first goal?

Another goal looked to come across the zone where Klein is a bit to far in to cut down the shooting lane.

Ekholm on the pk doesn't stop the cross ice pass, Ovechkin taps it in. If Ekholm is going to play the pass he has to stop it there.

47 is totally beat off the boards for the last goal. He has to play the body there better. Ellis could have played that play better as well.

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09-26-2013, 11:05 AM
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I think he does, but still unsigned. Any news from that side?
Nothing yet, but he's made a couple rounds of cuts. We're hoping for a two-way and first call up.

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09-26-2013, 11:25 AM
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Nothing yet, but he's made a couple rounds of cuts. We're hoping for a two-way and first call up.
He'll probably want the Damien Brunner treatment: See if he can play in the NHL and if not he's allowed to go back to Europe.

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09-26-2013, 11:26 AM
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He'll probably want the Damien Brunner treatment: See if he can play in the NHL and if not he's allowed to go back to Europe.
Would that be the Josi treatment also?

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Nothing yet, but he's made a couple rounds of cuts. We're hoping for a two-way and first call up.
Has to be two-way, it's an ELC.

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09-26-2013, 02:37 PM
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Would that be the Josi treatment also?
That was Ekholm and a contractual obligation, not his choice per say. Josi played in Milwaukee.

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i could see it being a 2-way but with emphasis on being at the NHL level.

Secondly, Jarvinen outplayed Ekholm in training camp and was a reason I felt like he shoulda made the cuts. Especially ahead of Piskula even if Piskula is just gonna be a scartch or whatever.

Third, Spaling should go. No room and from what you say you saw at the game then that could be the case.

And finally, are we sure we keep Hutton and don't offer Theodore a 1 yr?

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