The Sharks rolled into Nashville late last night after dropping a 6-5 shootout decision to the Blackhawks. Team captain Patrick Marleau was not with the team in Chicago due to his wife giving birth to a son, Brady. David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Marleau is joining the team and is expected to play in tonight's game.
The injury bug continues to bite hard on the Predators, as C David Legwand took a puck in the face at practice on Wednesday. The injury is severe, and the word this morning from the coaching staff is that he will miss the games this week and could be out for the year. Cal O'Reilly is expected to join the team from Milwaukee to fill the roster spot.
The team (and the fans) have one of two choices here: sigh deeply, shrug our shoulders, and say the playoffs weren't meant to be. Or, take the hand that has been dealt, shut up and play, and leave it all on the ice. I think this team chooses the latter. No, I KNOW they will choose the latter. This squad has shown too much heart and character to roll over now. I know the coaching staff refuses to just accept fate. They are still coaching their rear ends off. So we as fans have to do our part as well- bring the energy, the noise, and the passion to help carry this team.
Nine games to go; 18 points and a playoff position hang in the balance. One game at a time. The puck drops at 7:00.