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I Wish I Could Trust Him

March 26, 2008

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Dan Ellis has unseated Chris Mason as the Predators starter.

“I wish I could trust him.”

That’s what kept echoing in my brain last night following the superb performance by Dan Ellis last night in goal. for the second game in a row Ellis has stood on his head and led this team to victory. First it was the 2-1 shootout victory over the Blackhawks where he stopped 37 of 38 shots then last night he shutout a hungry Columbus Bluejacket team that was hoping to play spoiler to the Preds. Nary (wow…when was the last time I used the word nary. I guess I am running out of descriptive words!) one of Columbus’s 36 shots made it through the mighty wall that was Dan Ellis last night. He was playing inspired hockey and once again was there to bail out the defensive lapses (though those did seem less frequent last night…but there will still some).

But all is not right in my hockey world. We have seen these stretches from Ellis before. We have seen him post shutout wins before. We have seen him make huge save after huge save before. As much as I want all the good to be my memory I can’t help but remember all the times that he has been pulled from goal. All the times that he has allowed some soft goals. All the times I wondered what happened to that goalie who seemed to have an ‘S’ etched on his chest.

I wish I could trust him. I wish I could believe that the Dan Ellis that we saw these past few games would be the one we could ride the rest of the season.

That being said I still believe that Ellis is our best option going forward. Mason has seems to have lost his game somewhere. While I don’t think all is lost with Mason I do have to wonder what role he will play for us in the future.

Scoreboard Watching:
Calgary helped us out last night by keeping Vancouver in striking distance but tonight the Canucks play the Avalanche…meaning tonight we are rooting for the Canucks to win in regulation. The absolute worst possible outcome would be a three point game. The way the schedule lays out the rest of the week the Preds will have a real good idea where they stand when they visit Columbus on Friday. Colorado hosts Vancouver tonight and then host Edmonton (who have played themselves right back into the mix as well) on Friday.

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Who Do You Love?

March 13, 2008

Obviously at this time of year you want your team to win but if you are like me I am scoreboard watching like crazy! Right now I am so thankful for my Spring TREO that allows me to continually check the status of games of interest. I wonder if the people at ESPN are seeing my increased use in their bottom line numbers?

“Guys…ummmm…we had ten thousand hits on the Vancouver game last night and 8500 of them came from Spring Hill Tennessee!” See…I’m a little over the top!

Seriously…who has time to surf youtube or myspace when this kind of stuff is on your PDA!

My Predators find themselves in a tight race for a playoff birth in the west and you can bet that I am watching the scores in games that Colorado and Vancouver play. Tonight will be no exception which is why I am bringing the “Who Do You Love” feature back. Each day I will be highlighting the teams that you should be rooting to give the Preds a little playoff push.

Tonight I give you…

The Edmonton Oliers:
The Oilers travel tonight to Colorado to take on the Sakic and Forsberg led Av’s. The Av’s sit at 82 points with 11 games remaining. The Oliers will need all they have tonight to get two points of of Colorado who are 8-2 over their last 10 games. Edmonton is no slouch either having won 7 of their last 10 as well…The Oilers would like nothign better than to play spoiler to the Av’s attempt to make the playoffs this year. Here is their first of three chances over the next 11 games. C’mon Oliers!

The Phoenix Coyotes:
Yes those pesky Yotes who looked like they might be contenders at one point (they still have an outside chance sitting at 75 points with 12 games left) paly host to the Vancouver Canucks tonight. The Canucks recieved some bad news when they learned that defencemen Mattias Ohlund to a season ending knee injury. Ohlund’s veteran leadership and steady play will be missed by the Canucks. Gretzky will have to have his boys ready to go tonight as they look to climb back into the thick of things with a big win over a team directly in front of them.

So there you have it Pred fans
…tonight we not only wear the home blues of the Preds but the road whites of the Oilers and the home crimson of the Yotes.

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Whoo…That Was Close!

February 20, 2008

With the game in hand and the ice tilted in their direction the Predators let the Edmonton Oilers nearly steal two points in Nashvhille last night. The Oilers scored goals in bunches and scoring three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead. The Preds answered back seconds later knotting the game at four a piece. JP Dumont finally rescued the Preds in the final minutes and then the Preds held on and took the two points to move into fifth place in the West. Yes…FIFTH place people!

The line of Arnott, Dumont and Radulov
continues to hit on all cylinders. Dumont jumped right back in after missing two games with the flu and looked fresh.

Tootoo’s goal was beautiful!
That line was scrapping and fighting for that goal and the hard work paid off.

Ellis was solid in net and only the fourth goal was soft…he should have had that one. The others were crazy bounces or major breakdowns from the D.

Question to all Pred fans
:Eklund (over at http://www.hockeybuzz.com) and I got into a bit of a debate over Hossa and Richards. Who would you like and why?

Out Of Pocket:
I will be out of pocket until at least Sunday as I am out on business…tow huge home games coming up for the Preds. Get down to the Sommet and support the boys.

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Solid Win

January 4, 2008

The Preds posted an impressive 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oliers who continue to find Nashville a tough place to play losing their fourth straight appearance here.

Getting two goals from Alexander Radulov, a goal and an assist from captain Jason Arnott, a short handed goal from Jared Smithson and JP Dumont added a powerplay goal in a game that the Preds seemed to control from the start. The Predators played a great first period (which has been typical of them this year actually) outshooting the Oilers 20-9 and leading 3-1. The Preds were flying around the ice last night during that first period throwing the body and shots at the net like their lives depended on it.

The recent play of Alexander Radulov (5 goals and 2 assists in his last five games) has to have Preds fans excited about the future of his game. We have all been waiting for the floodgates to open and the goals to start coming for ATG (Alexander The Great) and last night we witnesses how special he can be. He is a pure goal scorer and knows the moves to make to get to the net (his second goal last night was a thing of beauty!). He seemed to be clicking well with Arnott and Dumont last night as Erat is still trying to recover from a back injury and was limited last night.

Barry Trotz says that there is no goalie controversy here in Nashville and is being real up front about who is going to play. The bottom line is the guy who is playing better is going to get the start. I heard Trotz on a local radio show this morning mention for the third time in two days (yesterdays goalie announcement and last nights post game presser) that ‘egos will have to be pushed aside.’ If you were to read between the lines you would think that Trotz is talking directly to Mason on this one. I think, however, that this is a message to both of these guys. It’s almost like he is saying ‘I don’t care who you think should start I’m going to play who I think gives us the best shot to win.’ Right now that goalie seems to be Ellis and I hope that he gets the start tomorrow against the Wild.

Inconsistent Blogs: I apologize for my inconsistency the past few days. I came down with a terrible case of the flu and truth be told hockey blogging was the last thing on my mind. I would like to say that it will get better but I am going out of town for a week to DC for a family wedding…I am not sure how much I will be able to blog. Keep checking back…I’ll be back soon!

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Oh Danny Boy (second verse, same as the first!)

November 3, 2007

Well…not quite the same verse (it would have to have been a shut out to do that) but it was close enough as Dan Ellis led the Preds to a 4-1 victory on the road tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. Once again Ellis made some huge saves at critical times…the toe save against Hemsky when the game was knotted at 1-1 was very big!

Great play tonight from Arnott and Legwand as these two guns are starting to fire and put the puck in the net. This is a great sign for the team. Radek Bonk also added a a nifty goal to give the Preds the two goal cushion when he stole the puck away and beat Oiler goalie Garon on a breakaway.

Solid play overall again tonight from the team. Saw a couple odd man rushes tonight but still much better than it was back during the losing streak. I was a bit confused on the pairing of Zidlicky and Suter. In my opinion these are not the surest puck handlers to have out there at the same time. They will both jump up on the play but at times can be a bit clumsy with the puck.

Preds have chance to get back to .500 when they visit Chicago on Sunday night. Chicago is not the same team that we have beat up on the last couple of years. They are loaded with some bright young players who will do their best to give our D fits. I guess the question for now is whether or not Ellis continues to get the starts?

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Oh Danny Boy!

November 2, 2007

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That’s the song that Pred Nation is singing this morning (that is if they are awake after the 10p central start last night!). Once again Dan Ellis is called upon and for the third time in a row he answers with a win and his second shutout in three starts. To say that he might be a hot goalie right now might be an understatement.

The Preds had a solid game plan last night and unlike other nights they actually seemed to stick to it and execute it. They eliminated the odd man rushes last night. I honestly cannot remember a single odd man rush last night (Mason must have been sitting there wondering what the heck was going on. When he’s in net it’s, as Terry Crisp says, “Katie bar the door” but last night the door was locked tight) given up by the Preds. Ellis was challenged and he answered every time. He seeded to have great position, was confident and challenged the shooter.

As Terry Crisp broke down during last nights game the Preds did a great job of keeping all five guys deep in the defensive zone. This allowed them to put pressure on the Canucks, force turnovers and most importantly not allow any odd man rushes. It was a disciplined game for the Preds alst night and welcomed breath of fresh air.

While I would have been thrilled to get out of Vancouver with a 2-0 win I think the fact that the Preds were able to add that third goal (with less than 10 seconds remaining) will really help boost them. The powerplay seemed to be working well and that third powerplay goal was a beaut! Hopefully it will give Arnott, Leggy and Erat some confidence as they head into Edmonton tonight.

Tonight’s game has the Preds in Edmonton to face the Oilers (5-8, 3-3 at home) and another soild backstop in Dewayne Roloson. The question is who goes in goal tonight for the Preds. My guess is, despite Ellis’s shut out, that Chris Mason will be back between the pipes. The Red Deer Alberta native sounded like he will have a ton of friends and family at the game tonight so don’t be surprised if he starts. Perhaps this will be the game to get him out of his funk. Wouldn’t it be nice to have to goalies going strong?