Perhaps the worst game played by the Predators all season. Lifeless, careless, nothing. How in the world do you go from beating Anaheim 3-0 to losing 4-1 to Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh didn't do anything special tonight, they just buried their chances.
Nashville looked flat out terrible and deserved this loss.
Kariya, Dumont, Arnott, Sullivan? No where to be found.
I think the highlight of the game for me was seeing Radulov, Kariya and FIDDLER on a line together towards the end of the game (Zanon out as well).
honestly, I don't think he played all that well, tonight. he had a couple big saves, but he also gave up some huge rebounds and left a lot of net open.
we simply couldn't finish it.
Either way if you saw the Montreal game(2nd he was like early season fleury, improved but a big rebound mistake on the Plek goal) the first one he was great. Made huge stops when needed, and always seems to make the routine ones now usually without bad rebounds. Hes working on his composure and its showing. Maybe not amazing, but timely goaltending is part of this 11 game point streak
I think this was the worst game of the year thus far. Didn't seem to be no urgency and except for the 4th line No one seemed to care. Preds have been struggling on the road lately. Aberration or trend? What do you guys think?
I thought the Pens played a good game, but definitely not a great or dominating game. Our guys didn't look into it tonight. We weren't willing to break through the defensive system in the third period, and we just weren't willing to pay the price for goals. Ah well, we will get them next time. I definitely think that this had the potential to be a high scoring affair because we were able to abuse their defense generally at will (until the third period when it seemed like we simply quit trying.)
Dumont with 2 goals in his last 18 games. Seems like if the puck isn't on his stick, he isn't working. Numerous times tonight the puck bounced off his stick or was within a few feet and he decided to watch it slide onto the stick of another player. Not scoring is one thing, but crappy work ethic is another. The only time he showed any heart was after he got lit up while looking down at the puck at mid-ice.
I was looking forward to this game all season. Too bad the Pred's didn't show up, actually they just showed up for the first period. Maybe they were just frozen by the arctic temps.
The Hordichuk hit is when the entire game turned around. The Pens woke up and we didn't answer. Pens scored 2 goals within 5 minutes of his hit.
Nice shot by Brookbank for his first NHL point.
We did keep Crosby in check fairly well, didn't let him get in alone to do his thing even though he did get a couple of assists. Not that being in any kind of traffic has ever really stopped Crosby. Pens are just hot right now but I thought we would have made a game of it. Just disappointed by our effort after the Anaheim game. Half the time it looked like we had puck repellant on our sticks. We looked like we were skating in mud while the Pens were flying.
Both goalies played well. Only the Recchi goal was a bad goal to give up by Mason.
All this talk about how we're a good road team and here we're stuck on 18 road wins and lost 3 in a row (nine of those 18 came against stl,cbj,chi).
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky was responsible for three of the Pittsburgh power plays; he was called for hooking on three separate occasions.
"He leads the team in (minor penalties) right now and that's very disappointing,'' Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. "You can only be a top player when you're on the ice, and we expect him to be a top player.
"When you take three, or even two penalties, you have to answer to your teammates. He already knows what I think about it.''
"We usually shoot to score all the time. Sometimes when you shoot to score you miss the net and you don’t get that second chance because you are going for a certain area of the net. As a result your shot total is not that high.”
Trotz admits that sometimes the “shoot to score” approach can be a detriment.
“Sometimes it hurts us because we don’t create enough disruption in the crease area,’ Trotz said. “But when we are hitting those spots we can score five or six goals. We shoot to score. We shoot for the corners.”
Trying to get his players to increase the shot total has been a difficult challenge.
“Sometimes when you are having success you can say something and talk about it, but when it comes down to it, then it falls on deaf ears,” Trotz said. “We have some guys who are pretty high quality shooters. To just play it off the goaltender is not in their mindset. But when they get too cute is when it hurts us.”
I thought that Upshall had an awesome game. Oh that's right, he wasn't in the lineup.
Gosh, what is your deal with Scottie? Honestly, even down here in MILW he is not exactly been a 'world beater'. He's had I don't know how many seasons to be someone special, and I just don't think rhe kids shows up mentally half the time...Yes, I think Nashville will get something for him, if they package him, but believe me, no other GMs/scouts are burning up the lines to your GM asking, "What about Scottie - WHAT ABOUT SCOTTIE!"
Zidlicky killed us. Our best period was the first period, well the times that we could actually skate without being shorthanded. Then the Pens scored on Zids powerplay and took the momentum for the rest of the game.
It also looked like we may have been out-coached. I dotn know what Trotz thinks sometimes. Examples:
-Every time Hordichuk was on the ice, the Pens came unglued, yet Hordi played his usual 2 minutes per game.
-A line with Rads, Kariya, and Fiddler?
-For the first half of the game we looked like Detroit, puck posessing and controlling the game. Then we get behind and go into crazy mode with all the no look stretch passes to no one in particular, couldnt connect, couldnt posses, how does that happen?
That 3rd goal that Mason let in really was a back breaker too.
but you cant be down too much, we are still number 1 in the entire league.
[playing like this against Detroit might take care of that though]
From what I'm seeing/hearing, your thoughts about Hordi might be an insight into what is happening slowly around the league. With the 'new rules', and the crackdown on large, physical players who, in the old days, were paid as 'muscle' - it seems almost as if we've come full circle. Now, there is not the level of fighting majors as seen in the past, however, the fact that many teams have gone smaller, quicker, and more skilled in the forward and even defense positions, teams that have maintained an intimidating, physical presense are showing the value of that strategy. I read on another sight that Nashville may be looking to pick up a physical, grinder type for the playoffs. We all know that the way to keep Buffalo off of their game is to pound them physically. One of the worst moves the Pens made was getting rid of Andre Roy - and conversly getting hime back was a great move in TB. Anaheim is just crazy with their intimidation game. I think that down the stretch, as forwards are getting popped - and hurt, and the intensity and fire of the playoffs gets kicked up, teams like Anaheim, and maybe even an Atlanta, are going to have an edge due to the intimidation/physical element...IMO.