Monday, February 23, 2009

The Push

Five straight home games, beginning with Chicago on Tuesday night, and the drive to the playoffs is in high gear. The Preds will be without Radek Bonk for at least two weeks with the recurrence of the mysterious "upper body injury". Speculation is that he again injured the wrist that originally put him on the shelf for a couple of games. The loss of Bonk means that the Preds lose their top face off man and a presence in front of the net on power plays. Now is the time for other players to step up and fill the void. I'm looking for better production from Marty Erat, who has been held off the score sheet for the past eight games and is a minus six.

For the Preds to succeed during this critical stretch, everyone has to step up their game. Scoring has to come from all the lines, especially the Arnott and Legwand lines. This is the time that winners step up and deliver. Pekke Rinne has been stellar in goal. Time to give him some support, boys.

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