Mosh’s Monday Musings
Mosh’s Monday Musings……
- Well that was rather disappointing. After a fast start on Tuesday with a dominating performance in Denver, the Preds had a few days off and dropped both weekend games at Bridgestone to finish the week 1-1-1.
- Ryan Johansen continued to torch the Avs with a goal and an assist Tuesday, giving him 6 points in three career games as a Predator at the Pepsi Center. Austin Watson got in on the act as he completed a Gordie Howe hat trick in the third period when he re-directed a puck past Calvin Pickard, who looked more like Chet. Freddie Gaudreau tallied his first NHL point with an assist on the Watson goal.
- Nashville finally got some days off to recuperate before defending home ice Saturday and Sunday, and things looked promising. The Preds took over the match-up vs New Jersey on Saturday afternoon putting on a clinic in the second period to take a 4-1 lead. But things changed quickly as the Devils notched two goals in the first minute of the third before coach Laviolette called timeout, imploring his team to ‘WAKE UP!’. To no avail, as the Devils would eventually tie it up on a power play goal and force OT. The Preds dominated possession in the extra frame, but a wayward shot by Filip Forsberg led to a breakout for Taylor Hall and Mike Cammalleri, with the latter depositing a wonderful feed from Hall into a gaping net.
- Speaking of Forsberg, when did he become ‘regular season’ Colin Wilson? He continues to generate chances and is a threat to score, but he can’t seem to buy one this year. You can tell he’s pressing because he’s trying to do a bit too much on his own and that’s leading to turnovers.
- Which brings us to Sunday against the Flyers. Forsberg spread the bad puck luck around a bit in this one as Saros was victimized twice by unfortunate deflections. A first period PP for Philly ended up in the back of the net when Wayne Simmonds’ redirect was read beautifully by Saros, only to have the puck go off the upper shaft of his stick and in. The Flyers tallied again with the extra man when a cross-ice pass attempt by Claude Giroux went off a Nashville skate RIGHT on the tape of Simmonds who was all alone in front to pot his second of the night. The Preds kept fighting back, each time equalizing on goals by Jarnkrok and ‘playoff’ Wilson. Unfortunately, they had no answer for the game-winner scored by Michael Raffl on a great move around Ekholm, generated by another neutral zone giveaway by Forsberg.
- Nashville will try to rebound and salvage a win on this home stand Tuesday vs Colorado. The Preds have scored 10 goals in two games against the Avs this year. From there, they travel to Dallas Thursday and Arizona Saturday.