I concur about the lack of morale, but believe you me...I'm an optimist. The Preds are going to come out fired up and ready to go against the Flames. Regardless of the outcome, I'd just like to see them play all out tonight and stay out of the penalty box.
Penalties are going to be one of the keys to this game. If we can stay out of the box, I think we can establish some flow at even-strength and play with the Flames, but if we take a bunch of penalties each period, then we're not going to establish any rhythm, wear down our penalty killers, and keep our top offensive players on the bench or pinned in our zone in defensive roles.
If Tootoo is in the lineup...I'd like to see the return of the high-energy, hard-hitting brand of hockey he played during his first recall and not the unpassionate play we saw the second time around.
Should Zanon be in the lineup, we are going to need to keep things simple...high off the glass and out. Zanon is small, but good positionally. He can provide some leadership back on the blueline if paired with either Weber or Suter (he's the captain at Milwaukee), which is something I think they can only benefit from.
Looking forward to the game...I'm pumped...Let's GO PREDS!!!!
We always play Calgary well, so I'm not really overly worried about tonights game. Hopefully Tootoo will embarrass Iginla again, and Vogoon will show why he could play part-time enforcer in this league
This should be a boring game. I expect the final score to be 3-2 in OT or 2-1 in regulation. Lets see if Leggy can start scoring again.....
a win tonight would all of a sudden give hope to this roadtrip and possibly put some life into the team..time for legwand to step up and finally do something...time for sully to break out of this goal scoring slump.. time for us to play some hockey
Gotta hope Timonen isn't out long...can't afford that.
Great game for two periods, then we failed to match the intensity for most of the third. Overall, a much better effort, and if we can keep that up(read: keep Tootoo up) then I think we're in good shape, going forward.
Great game overall for Legwand, Sullivan, Erat, Tootoo, Hordichuk and...*gulp* Johnson.
Weber had some great hits, but also made some tough errors.
Zanon made some great plays and some bad ones as well. On par for most Preds d-men.
Penalty kill misses Markov, bad. Fortunately, he could be back Thursday.
The second Flames goal came on a blown clear by Smithson. Just a pretty set up from Regehr to Huselius.
Vokoun was huge in the third. HUGE.
I've never known Kipper to give up re-bounds like he did tonight. The second Preds goal was all Kipper sending a rebound ten feet into the high slot to a streaking Legwand, who put it right where he wanted it to. He then almost got the trick on a near identical play, but appeared to either hit the post or the outside of the net.
Hamhuis, Sillinger and Zidlicky all appear to get hurt, but turn out okay. Can't afford many more injuries.
Timonen's injury occurred when he blocked a shot(Phaneuf, I think.) hopefully it's nothing too serious and he'll be able to play on Thursday.
HUGE two points against a team that's just as good as us at home. Takes the sting out of the OT loss in Edmonton a bit. Hopefully we can keep up the intensity on Thursday in Vancouver.
10:1 Kimmo's hand is broke taking that shot from Phaneuf and going straight to the hospital for Xrays.....makes a deal for a defensemen almost imperative if it is.
As much as you may despise Zanon, he played a good postitional game....some nice puck presence and control in front of Vokoun.
Smithson....what a warrior...takes two shots off the unpadded thigh area during the same PK...then goes for another block....all in all 23 blocks for the Preds...a gusty performance throwing their body in front of the puck...Weber with 5...Zanon with 5.
Hats off for Johnson for leading by example...finishing checks...skating hard...and undressing Phaneuf for that shorty.
Wasn't it amazing when we are hitting and our forecheck is on....how Vokoun is like the Maytag repairman....as soon as we start to ease up on the forecheck and not finish our checks...the ice tilts and Vokoun gets pressured to the max.
Still a poor job of getting the puck cleared for the most part. Nice effort by the remaining 5 defenseman once Kimmo went down. Can you believe average age of the remaining 5 is 23.4 years old and a grand total years in the NHL between the 5 of them prior to this year......2..
Great job not taking stupid penalties tonight.....will see how long it lasts, but can't argue with the improvement tonight.
Tootoo has got to stay up for the duration....his energy is infectious, there is no getting around it...if Trotz can't see it he is blind.
Kudos for Leggy for anwering the bell....great 2nd effort on both goals and way to put the puck on the net....he was given credit for 4 shots and 2 misses....nice feed to Smithson crashing the net, and almost had the hatrick on those multiple chances in the third.
Did it seem like tonight we were watching old time Predator hockey again? tonight.....finishing checks...good forecheck....driving to the net....minimal cutsey passes....2nd efforts....GREAT JOB GUYS....that kind of play IS Predator hockey, and is a pleasure to watch....