Posts Tagged ‘jp dumont’

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State Of The Preds…Offense/08-09 Predictions

October 10, 2008

So far I have touched on the defense (I think we are good), goaltending (bold prediction…I think we are great) and now comes the offense.

I have saved the most difficult for last. Let me say up front that offensively I think we are going to have problems. I am not blaming all this on Radulov’s journey back to play for the Russian mafia but we will miss his 26 goals for sure. I am also not blaming this on the growing prospect that we will never see Steve Sullivan in a Preds uniform, or any uniform for that matter, again. We made it through without him last year so I can’t blame him.

The fact is that the Preds did nothing to bring in a goal producer. Before you go shooting at me I understand that these type of players don’t grow on trees…they are tough to find. I know that but we did nothing. Yes Joel Ward is a great story. The emergence of some of our young prospects (Rich Peverley, Patric Hornqvist, Ryan Jones) is exciting but is it the answer?

Who Needs To Step Up:
Jason Arnott – We need him to be solid, strong and to not afraid to park his big body in front of the net.

JP Dumont – If the Preds are going to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year I think that JP will have to have a career year. We will need him to produce like never before!

Jordin Tootoo – It is time for his game to go to the next level. I have been a huge supporter of his and continue to be but it is time for him to show up on the offensive side. 15-20 goals is you don’t mind Jordin. [:)]

The Young Guns – Rich Peverley, Patric Hornqvist, and Ryan Jones need to show us why they made the roster out of camp. You need not look further than Chicago last year to see the impact that talented young players can have. The Emergence of two of these guys will give us a huge boost.

Overall Prediction: As much as I want to say that the Preds will make the playoffs again I just don’t think we will see it this year. Too many other teams got stronger while the Preds seemed to have taken a step back. Until we see someone replace Radulov’s output and someone else step up we are destined to finish somewhere between 9-11 in the west.

Please let me be wrong…Please!

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Preds 1 Wings 0

March 21, 2008

a weird bounce but we’ll take the goal off of Dumonts skate. they credited it to Radulov but it went off JP.

this was only possible because Scott Nichol saved the day when he batted the puck out of mid-air to save a goal.

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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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Preds Sticking Around

February 18, 2008

“These Preds just won’t go away.”

That has to be the thought going through many a player and GM in this league right now. The team that many had left for dead before the season started finds themselves sitting in 6th place right now with 21 games to go. Yes, I know that is a lot of hockey left but no one thought we’d be here.

Why Are We Here? For me it goes back to the play of one guy…Dan Ellis. Think back to early in the year…are you there yet? Mason started red hot and even won player of the week honors early in the year. All Pred fans were saying ‘Tomas who?’ Then all of a sudden Mason couldn’t stop a 12 mph wrister from Great Aunt Chris Chelios. It was bad. He was bad. All hope was lost. Enter Dan Ellis the $500k free agent signee that came in and pulled the fat out of the fire. His play inspired the team up front and helped snap out 6 game losing streak. his incredible play has not stopped there and he has become the unsung hero of this team. I think Radulov might be that player for us in the future and he has shown flashes of his game changing ability but he isn’t that guy game in and game out.

Why Are We Here #2? A potent top line. The guys on Versus called the Arnott, Dumont, Radulov line one of the most potent in the NHL. This is a line that can make things happen. These guys have built some incredible chemistry this year and it has paid off big time.

What We Need: While I am thrilled with where we are I am still not convinced that this is a team that can go too far in the playoffs. I am confident that our goaltending will keep us in most games but our lack of depth up front has me worried. I think that we are missing that one guy who can break a game open by himself. Watching Marion Gaborik last night I realized that we do not have that player. I understand that many teams don’t ahve that player but many of the top ones do. Look at Detroit with Datsyuk, Ottawa with Heatly, San Jose with Thornton , Calgary with Iginla, Pittsburgh with Crosby and Malkin and yes even St. Louis with PK. We have a ton of great role players but now dominant players that can take control of a game.

Three Out Of Four…Ain’t Bad: We got three out of four points this weekend which is pretty good if you ask me. Two points against a goalie that nearly robbed us of any points at all and a gutsy comeback last night to force OT against a very good Wild team at home.

If The Playoffs Started Today: We would be the six seed against Minnesota as the three seed. Now that would be one heck of a series.

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Preds Shutout Canes

February 6, 2008

*Please take a moment to pray for the people of the south today following last nights horrific storms that have left at least 26 dead in Tennessee alone. In moments like this sport seems so insignificant.

Great win by the Preds last night. I was unable to attend as I came down with a severe case of strep throat (yup 35 years olds can catch it too!). My parents were at the game last night and apparently they were held inside the building at the conclusion of the game for a few minutes to allow a storm system to pass through downtown Nashville.

It was nice, however, to sit at home and listen to the guys on Versus call the game. The said the the Arnott, DuMont and Radulov line might be the “most lethal in the league!” Nice props for a line that has really come together and is putting up some monster numbers.

Great game by Chris Mason who out dueled Carolina goalie Cam Ward to get his fourth shutout of the year.

Preds are in Hossa sweeps? According to Eklund over at Hockeybuzz the Preds are among teams vying for the talented winger. Hossa is an electric player and would give this team another potent weapon. I’ve often thought of the players that are out there Hossa would bring the most electricity to the Sommet and help fill the seats. The question is what would the Preds have to give up in return?

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Big Statement By Ownership

February 1, 2008

From another name in the rumor mill to a foundational player in the Preds future. JP Dumont has played all parts this past week in the press and I, as a Pred fan, could not be happier in the role he is ultimately cast.

There is no denying that JP has been red hot and the Preds had to be fielding calls from interested GM’s wondering about the availability of the first line winger. Following last night two assist night Dumont has pushed his point scoring streak to 16 games.

Signing Dumont makes some big statements from ownership.

1. We are not going to be sellers at the deadline.

2. We are willing to spend the money on talent (this makes the third in-season extension with the others being Legwand and Tootoo).

3. These Preds mean business

One person that cannot be forgotten
in all this is Preds captain Jason Arnott who has been imploring ownership to step up and get a deal done to keep Dumont. Arnott has stated publicly that JP makes him a better player and this team a better team. Looks like they listened Cap.

Solid Win last night by the boys
. Despite Columbus giving theme a scare the Preds were able to hold off the Bluejackets and win 4-2 leap frogging them in the standings…which is just what we needed to do.

The playoff type games don’t stop for the Preds as the Phoenix Coyotes come calling tomorrow night to the Sommet. The Yotes recently put a scare into the Red Wings before succumbing and have been playing great hockey lead by waiver claim goalie Bryzgalov.

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Performance Under Pressure

January 23, 2008

Knowing that the playoff push has started in earnest for them the Predators posted an impressive 4-0 road win over a team that they are chasing in the standings. Resembling the M.A.S.H 4077th more than the team that started the year the Predators played inspired hockey in their victory over the Av’s.

While Chris Mason’s recent play (4-1-1, 1.32, .948 in last 5 GPI) has diminished talk of a goalie controversy here in Nashville it was back up Dan Ellis (1-0-1, 0.96, .971 in last 2 GPI) who shined once again posting a shutout while stopping 39 shots. Nashville has been waiting all year for both goalies to be firing on all cylinders and both seemed to have hit their stride leading the Preds to a 6-2-2 record in their last ten and three wins in a row.

JP Dumont continues to play for a big contract next year as he extended his point streak with a gorgeous assist on Alexander Radulov’s third period goal. While JP might still prove to be trade bait were the Preds not be able to continue their run towards the post season he is playing arguably the best hockey of his career right now. Pred’s Captain Jason Arnott was vocal in the paper recently saying how much he wants the Preds to resign the UFA siting the great chemistry he has with the top line winger.

Martin Erat came back to life last night tallying two scores. I have been wondering where Erat’s game had gone recently. I thought he had appeared lost and wondered if his recent line assignments had made his game suffer. Erat, to me, always seems to play to the level of his line. Put him on the top line and he is creative as they come. Put him on the third line and he appears lost not knowing his role. Great to see him get back on the score sheet in impressive fashion last night.

A Couple Personal Notes: Some have been wondering what had happened to my blogs. I have a loyal readership both at Hockeybuzz.com and at http://www.predjoe.wordpress.com and I apologize for not writing lately. A week out of town for a wedding and then playing catch up at work and home has kept me away from the keyboard. I’m back.

I make my living in the radio business and our profession is a small world. One of our own, Rick Burgess (of the syndicated morning show Rick and Bubba), suffered a horrible tragedy this past weekend when his two year old son Bronner drown in their backyard pool. I listened this morning to their show and they played comments from Rick at the memorial service yesterday…it was the most compelling radio I have ever heard. Rick was, in this time of great pain and suffering, giving glory to God and calling believers to go out and be warriors for God. It was amazing. I am not sure if they will post an MP3 of this or not but you can check their web site http://www.rickandbubba.com/ if you are interested. Please pray for continued strength for the family.