Are We Hot Yet?November 13, 2007
Oh Yes! After losing six games in a row the Predators have stormed back in dramatic fashion. The Preds have won seven out of their last nine with only one regulation loss in that stretch. The boys have turned a corner and have surprised allot of teams including the Blue Jackets whose coach, Ken Hitchcock, thought that the Preds were done for the year when they were struggling.
“I told my team in training camp that the top three teams in this division (the central) have a chance to make the playoffs…we didn’t think Nashville would be one of them but their coach has them playing again,” said a jovial Hitchcock in a pre-game interview with Preds color analsyt Terry Crisp.
Hitch is right…Trotz has got the boys playing well again. I’ll admit I was ready to see him go earlier this year when the team didn’t seem to be playing well or responding to his game plans but he has turned it around and they are playing some inspired hockey.
Some ‘Inspired’ Highlights From Last Night:
Erat’s goal when he just used his speed, protected the puck and came in and beat Leclaire was a thing a beauty. I had to rewind that one and watch it a few times. Erats gets a second mention for really looking for JP on his empty net goal to try and get him his hat trick. You could almost see him apologetic after the goal. Nice to see that the guys really care about those things for each other.
Jed Ortmeyer is an animal. When we signed him during the summer, Rangers fans were saying how much we would like his style. They are right. He plays all out every shift. With ten minutes to go last night a Blue Jacket was coming through the nuetral zone near the red and Jed slid (head first!) towards the player to stop his progress. It resulted in a turnover. Here’s a guy out of position and the only way he can make a play it to sacrifice himself…and he does it!
Chris Mason…What can I say? How could I ever have doubted you (actually he was stinking it up pretty bad earlier this year)? You have turned your game around and have put this team on your shoulders. Tomas who?