Weekly Predator (March 29th)
The Predators came off a huge week last week continuing their win streak and extending it to 6 games. Tonight they take on the Canucks at the Bridgestone Arena to try to both continue the winning ways and to further cement their place in the top 8.
Last week as I mentioned before was a huge week for the Predators as they swept the week with 4 wins in 4 games including key wins over the Ducks and Stars top help create a gap between them and other teams in the West. With the West being as tight as it is I was really impressed with this team, the games they needed to win they won and have chosen the best possible time to find their offense and start a run into the playoffs, as it has been a March to remember with this team going 9-2-2 so far this month with 2 games remaining.
This week the team takes on a Canucks team that has already clinched a playoff berth as well as holding on to the top of the league in points. They just recently got to 50 wins in a season for the first time in franchise history and will be a tough opponent on Tuesday night. They are 2-1 against the Canucks this season and have faired well against them this year. It must be a tough being a Canucks fan as even with the team getting first, they will have to face a tough team no matter who get’s 8th seed in the West.
Later this week on Thursday night they take on the Avalanche in a game that should be another win. They are 3-0 this season against the Avs but they have been close games and in a couple the Preds were lucky to take the 2 points. No game is easy but if the Preds want to do something this year, seeding may be key to getting past the first round and every point helps that cause.
Recently as I stated before the Preds have finally found their scoring touch so it seems. Legwand and Erat have been on fire lately posting close to or over a point a game pace since being called out by Trotz and have continued to lead this team to wins. As well the new line of Kostitsyn, Fisher and Hornqvist has proved to work well as those three have started to roll a little recently with both Kostitsyn and Hornqvist leading the Preds in goal with 19. For a team that doesn’t have a single game-breaker everyone has contributed nicely this year especially with all the key injuries to offensive players. The team could end up with 4 twenty goal scorers this year if everything goes well in the final stretch which would be nice to see.
Blake Geoffrion was a topic of large discussion this past week as he got a hat-trick against the Sabres in a come-back of epic proportions to help the team to an OT win. 3 generations of the 4 have had hat-tricks in the NHL with only his father not having any. It happened in Buffalo so when he arrived back in Nashville fans collected hats and brought them to him so that he got the true experience of a hat trick which is nice to see.
Next week I am going to look at possible seedings and who the Preds would want to face and who they are most likely to face.
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