trotz needs a #1 line with radulov..
erat fisher radulov
sk legwand ak
wilson SpalingBourque Hornqvist gaustad Smith
close, my changes in bold. You can switch Spaling and Smith, but obviously Spaling brings better faceoff ability. I wanted to put Spaling on the 4th and that's a special teams unit. Horns for PP and Goose, Spals for PK.
We've just got so many pieces right now. You could ice that lineup above and still put a 5th line of Halischuk-Yip-Tootoo
A Stanley Cup Final preview, huh? Normally, I'd be more pissed, but losing to my other team helps ease the pain quite a bit. At least Radulov scored, so that's fun. Not much else to like about it from a Preds perspective. Typically embarrassing "statement" game.
So goaltending and chemistry is not doing well? And How is Radulov looking?
Rads looked fine. Not great, not bad. It's pretty obvious that he's not used to playing with these guys...but it's hard to really tell because those guys didn't have a ton of open ice to work with. Legwand's line did more with less. Fisher/Kostitsyn/Erat had a lot more to work with, and were disappointingly bad with execution.
In no way, shape, or form should the Preds have lost that game by 4 goals. The Penguins are a very good team, but we just continuously shot ourselves in the foot. The Pens had two nice goals on the second goal and Malkins last. The rest were just really good luck. Oh, and the brutal turnover by Cube. The Preds have had stretches were they seemed to get all the breaks and now it seems like the tide has shifted. It seems like they have given up a lot of flukey, weird goals lately. If they bury half their golden chances tonight, it could have been a different game. Hopefully, the bounces start to go their way headed into the playoffs. I'm also happy that Rads got that first goal out of the way. GO PREDS!