Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Stinging Defeat

The Predators fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in a battle for the 6th spot in the Western Conference. The injury bug continues to bite the Predators as Antii Pihlstrom goes down with an undisclosed "upper body injury", and he will be re-evaluated by the team doctors after the team returns to Nashville tonight. Cal O'Reilly continues to shine as he buries a shot in the first after taking a sweet feed from Steve Sullivan. After that, the Preds didn't mount much offense and didn't really threaten Steve Mason even with a 5 on 3 power play in the third. It is apparent that the juggled 2nd and third lines have yet to develop the chemistry that you would like to see. It remains to be seen what lines will be on the ice for Friday's game against the Blackhawks in Chicago. This was a gritty effort against a good team, but the results, unfortunately for the Preds, were not what we wanted.

Injuries are ravaging the team. Young, inexperienced players are being thrust in to key roles. The schedule doesn't favor the Preds. So we have a choice. We can hang our heads; we can roll over. Or we can fight. We can leave it on the ice for the remaining five games. I think we fight. This team was bred to be warriors, adversity be damned. Time to get it rolling again on Friday night in Chicago.

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