Posts Tagged ‘phoenix coyotes’

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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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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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Ready??? Break!

January 25, 2008

At the end of last nights game you could almost feel a collective sigh from the team. The All Star Break is here and the Preds can use a break. After playing four game in six nights (including the brutal trip to Denver) the team gets a much needed break. A time to recharge. Time to heal. Time to take a look in the mirror.

Last nights 4-3 OT loss was frustrating because the Preds, at least in the second and third periods, really outplayed the Coyotes. They were swarming and throwing pucks at the net but could not get that key fourth goal past Bryzgalov (who played great last night by the way. I mentioned this yesterday but last night confirmed it…The Yote’s got the steal of the year in claiming Brzgalov off waivers. It was a smart move to ink him to the three year deal once they did. This guys is a stud!).

Some things I liked about last nights game:

Our intensity in the second and third.

Radulovs feisty play all night (was voted 2nd star of the game by attending media)

Another solid effort by Chris Mason.

The Refs just letting them play…only 5 penalties called all night and I saw several that in other games would have been called but ticky-tac.

Finished Strong: The Preds pushed hard and really finished strong heading into the all start break. They picked up 7 of a possible 8 points against the team immediately around them in the playoff race and that was huge. Yes two points last night would have put them into a tie for 8th with the Av’s but I feel like this team has really turned it around.

Looking Like Buyers: The Preds are looking like buyers heading down the stretch. I think the ownership feels like they need to make a Forsberg like splash to help nudge ticket sales. If the Preds come out of the break as hot as they went in I look for a move to be made before the deadline.

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Who Would Have Thought?

January 24, 2008

I mean no offense here to the Coyotes or to their fans but I never thought that this pre All Star break game between the Preds and Yotes would be so meaningful to both teams.

Seriously…the Coyotes have been awful
. Last year, for instance, they finished last in the West and the only team with a worse record was the Flyers. Nobody thought that they would contend for a playoff spot but here they are. Gretzky has them playing well with a mix of solid veteran leadership and promising youth. Add to the mix waiver claim Ilya Bryzgalov (who is proving to everyone in the league including his former team that he deserves to be a number one) and they are a team that can beat anyone on any night.

The 07-08 Coyotes are led in scoring by Shane Doan with 46 points and have four players with 30+ points including rookie of the year candidate Peter Mueller. This kid is the real deal and is proving to be just what the doctor ordered for this team. Add in twenty year old Martin Hanzel who has posted 25 points so far this season and you have a dangerous team with a top notch goalie.

The Preds will have to continue their recent game plan which involves heavy forechecking and getting shots and traffic to the net. You will not beat Bryzgalov often with a shot from the point…if he sees it he stops it.

Who Starts?
Does Trotz give Ellis the start again following his terrific 39 save performance in Colorado or does Mason get the nod. My guess is that you have to go with the hot hand. Mason has really been playing well lately so either way I think we are in great shape.

Who Do You Love? With the playoff race so tight I thought I would post the schedule of games of interest for Pred fans and who we should root for. The Team that we should be a fan of is in BOLD. That means that I believe the Preds would benefit in the standing more if the result would come out that way. Let me know what you think.

Edmonton at Florida-do you ever root for an east team against a west team?
Columbus at Chicago – Don’t want to see OT for sure!
Buffalo at Dallas – C’mon Buffalo!
Minnesota at Colorado – Let’s go wild! No OT!
Nashville at Phoenix – Need I say anything?
Anaheim at Los Angeles – Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then!
St. Louis at San Jose– Boy! I hate to root for them!