Just got back from the morning practice, and this was a loose and energetic bunch on the ice. A very spirited and brisk morning skate by the team. Pekka Rinne will be in net tonight, and the Preds will continue to be without the services of Jason Arnott until at least the San Jose game. Radek Bonk will be out of the line up for at least another week.
The Preds have to continue to win on the road on their march to the playoffs and must improve on their 13-18-2 road record. Disciplined hockey is a must and the PP has to continue their stellar work when called upon (31 of the past 32 PK opportunities). Solid D is critical, as the L.A. squad boasts some explosive forwards with Kopitar and Frolov leading the way. The Preds have to generate scoring chances by throwing the puck at the net, and hopefully have scoring from other than the top line. Congratulations to David Legwand, whose empty netter against Phoenix put him at 20 goals for the season. Gotta have more scoring and strong skating from David.
L.A. has won three straight in their barn, and they are coming off a two game road losing streak. We will be facing a hungry team that sits 5 points behind the Preds in the playoff race in the West. The road is never easy. Tonight will be a scrap. Time to play with some jam and grit, boys.