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10-17-2013, 11:04 PM
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I will say though, LA usually physically dominates us, not tonight, we controlled the pace of the game and smoked them in puck possession.
For this reason, I remain cautiously optimistic- this game was much different than some previous meetings with LA.

And when you think about it, we have really played pretty good hockey in just about every game- even the 4-0 loss was a very deceiving score..........

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10-18-2013, 06:30 AM
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the play Legwand made to Forsberg in the slot is how we make teams cover that area more on the powerplay. When pull high to cover Jones/Weber like that, sneak a guy to the high slot and hit him instead. Forsberg just barely missed that shot.

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10-18-2013, 06:39 AM
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For this reason, I remain cautiously optimistic- this game was much different than some previous meetings with LA.

And when you think about it, we have really played pretty good hockey in just about every game- even the 4-0 loss was a very deceiving score..........
this has been my impression as well... we havent won as much as I'd like, but this team just looks much different (in a good way) than last year, even before the injuries

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10-18-2013, 06:52 AM
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10-18-2013, 07:23 AM
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the play Legwand made to Forsberg in the slot is how we make teams cover that area more on the powerplay. When pull high to cover Jones/Weber like that, sneak a guy to the high slot and hit him instead. Forsberg just barely missed that shot.
That was a decent looking PP attempt. Unfortunately we didn't see the same type of movement and lane creation in OT.

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10-18-2013, 08:03 AM
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Those last two PPs (late in the third and then OT) cost us the game. I thought to myself, "the hockey gods will not allow us to win a shootout where we squandered those golden opportunities.) Speaking of the power play--let's pray we don't see Cullen and Ellis on the points together again. Two potentially backbreaking shorthanded oddman rushes given up by that pairing. The OT PP was especially frustrating because it seemed like the puck movement was there...until you realized that the Kings were letting the Predators move the puck around the perimeter freely, knowing where the shot was eventually going to come from.

With all of that said..it's hard to be too down about this game. The Predators out-possessed, out-shot, and out-chanced a team that normally dominates all of those categories against not just us, but most teams in the league. Obviously there's still a lack of finish to contend with, but the Predators had two lines working pretty well last night...the Bourque\Cullen\Smith line that's been the best over the last few games, and the Legwand and Forsberg's line looked decent as well, although it's very "Trotz" to put Nystrom on that line, while Stalberg(who looked better than he has) is playing with Gaustad and Hendricks. I understand that Stalberg hasn't played well, and Nystrom has been solid...but it messes with the identity of your lines. You can't really call Legwand's line a scoring line when you've got a guy who is in no way suited to that role on it, nor can the fourth line really be an energy\grind line when you've got a soft player like Stalberg on it. To be fair...Carcillo was on the wing with Richards and Carter.

I don't think you can really say, "same old bad shootout team" on the basis of last night's game. All three attempts were better than the average Erat or Fisher attempt from last season. There's potential, though I was surprised that Hendricks didn't get a chance, given his "specialist" distinction in that role. On the other side, Carter and Richards apparently don't know the book on Rinne--he'll take his chances on a clean shot every time. Anze Kopitar was the only one that knew to get him out of the net, give him a move to bite on, and put it in the empty net.

Overall, we deserved two points, but let the lost 1 be a motivating lesson. I liked this game a lot better than the Minnesota game that we looked very bad in winning.

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10-18-2013, 10:12 AM
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I still think Stalberg is working back into action after being off for so long. He still needs to find his legs and once he does I think he will get moved up. The Smith/Cullen/Bourque line was our best last night for sure. Horny and Fisher played really well but I think Wilson had an off game. His defensive positioning has been very poor and unless he starts putting up a ton of points he is going to end up in the dreaded dog house soon.


Forsberg has been strong but is a defesive liability and I don't see him playing on a line without very defensive responsable player. I think that is a big reason why he is with Legwand and Nystrom as they are both playing very strong in the d-zone this season. I do like the idea of putting him with Hornqvist though. Maybe a Forsberg/Legwand/Hornqvist line? Maybe once Stalberg gets going he could play with Fisher and Wilson allowing that line to be an option. I don't see them changing the Smith/Bourque/Cullen line anytime soon.

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10-18-2013, 10:20 AM
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Wilson has sucked all season long. No way around that.

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10-18-2013, 12:39 PM
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I agree on Wilson. Not lack of effort though, which is good for a young player. Kid just needs to keep working hard and results will come. His linemates are producing. He should too.

Re: Hendricks-I was surprised to hear that is Korn's deal. Trotz said that he wasn't in the top 3 becasue of the book on Quick.

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10-18-2013, 12:43 PM
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Smith and Wilson must have flipped jerseys or something. Nice to see Smitty turning it around though.

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10-18-2013, 12:52 PM
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The Cullen, Smith, Bourque line has worked well. Wilson is not playing poorly, he is working hard along with Fisher and Hornqvist against the other teams top lines. He had a bit of a slow start to the season last year and then got on an absolute tear!
Stalberg was out with a shoulder injury? Maybe he needed a bit more time off to make sure it was ready? Just a thought? It can't be fun knowing you could get hit, or even stick handling and shooting if he is not comfortable with how his shoulder is.

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10-18-2013, 01:45 PM
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Re: Hendricks-I was surprised to hear that is Korn's deal. Trotz said that he wasn't in the top 3 becasue of the book on Quick.
I figured there was SOME reason for it, but it's good to know what it actually was.

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Wilson has sucked all season long. No way around that.
Sucked is a strong word. I think he hasn't played all that well defensively but he does have 3 points so far in this young season and that happens to rank pretty well on this team. We need him to produce more and I think it will come.

One thing I want to see him do nore is agressively drive the net using his size. He tends to always wheel around looking for a pass when driving the net from time to time would pay off more than not. He needs to watch game tape of Fisher and turn himself into the type of player Fisher was when he was younger. Wilson has the skill to do it but may lack the speed. I have faith he will turn it around though.

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Sucked is a strong word. I think he hasn't played all that well defensively but he does have 3 points so far in this young season and that happens to rank pretty well on this team. We need him to produce more and I think it will come.

One thing I want to see him do nore is agressively drive the net using his size. He tends to always wheel around looking for a pass when driving the net from time to time would pay off more than not. He needs to watch game tape of Fisher and turn himself into the type of player Fisher was when he was younger. Wilson has the skill to do it but may lack the speed. I have faith he will turn it around though.
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