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Preview: Nashville Predators

Posted in General Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/23/2009 by Ben Gilbert

So yeah.  Apologies for being gone all weekend.  Blogging was on the backburner for a bit, but I now make my triumphant return! We resume with a belated look at tonight’s matchup:

Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings

November 23rd 7:00pm, Sommet Center

Game Notes:

  1. After the highly-offensive and downright vile shift Georges Laraque took on saturday night, where he high-sticked Helm in the mouth and then took out Krons for up to 2 months, the Red Wings are a bit battered.  Helm is fine, but the Kronwall injury hurts…a lot.  We thought we’d be subject to a Derek Meech/Brett Lebda 3rd pairing, while Big-E will moved up to the 2nd pairing. However, per Khan, it appears we’ll see Big-E up with Lidstrom and all the pairings will be jumbled.  Having Brad Stuart on the 3rd pairing while Brett Lebda is on the 2nd seems comical to me, but I guess Babcock knows what he is doing.  Please come back soon Nik Jr.
  2. Ozzie will be starting in goal tonight.  Considering the state of the defense we might need a big game from our goaltender.  I’m left wondering though if we’ll actually get that game.  Ozzie was good against the Preds, and I think this time-share of late with Howard has been helping him get his head on straight.  No matter what people like/dislike about Howard, the fact remains I want to see Ozzie be the goalie that can still keep the Wings in the close games. Hopefully he has returned to that form with Jimmy “giant-rebounds” Howard taking up so much playing time.
  3. Nashville has won 5 in a row and Pekka Rinne has been on fire for the Preds.  He’s sporting a 9-1 record in his last 10 starts and his peripheral stats are spectacular. 1.71 GAA and .931 Sv%.  I guess all we can hope is that Z’s Red Hot power can help the wings put more than 1 goal in against the guy.
  4. Darren McCarty will be doing analysis for Versus during the intermission.  This will likely be the highlight of the night.  I can’t wait to see D-Mac doing analysis.  Does he wear a suit?  Does he punch Brian Engblom in the face?  The intrigue and suspense is killing me.

Bold and Stupid Predictions:

  1. Meech gets an assist on the power-play.  No this doesn’t mean he should be a stalwart on the point from now on…
  2. Eaves puts one in finally.  He’s been working too hard not to.  I like the Draper/Eaves/Helm line to get a goal tonight.
  3. Pekka Rinne reminds the Red Wings of the power of the Finnish Goaltender and holds the Wings to a low-scoring battle.
  4. Osgood holds it down just enough, but let’s in one goal he certainly shouldn’t.
  5. Red Wings Win 3-2.

Review: Columbus Blue Jackets and Random Fight of the Night

Posted in General Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , , on 11/11/2009 by Ben Gilbert

We’ll classify tonight’s game as attempted assault by the Red Wings.  My goodness…

Red Wings 9 – Columbus 1  Final

We jumped right up and punched them in the face.


Also can you say Kronwalled:


Alright, alright…on with the actual review.

Three bar:

  1. Right Post – The entire Red Wings team played the best game of the season so far.  They were unstoppable and did not seem to let up much at all.  They respnded immediately in the 2nd when Columbus scored, to shut the door and maintain their dominance throughout the entire game.  9 goals, 7 goal scorers.  That’s a good night by a team.
  2. Left Post – Niklas Kronwall had the best vision and energy I’ve seen him have in a long, long time.  At times he looked like he will be a feasible top-pairing D-man in the future.  This performance leaves me encouraged, hopefully we can see much more of this.
  3. Crossbar – Disappointing fight from Brad May.  I actually called the fight when watching the game.  I told my two friends I was watching with, “there is gonna be a fight tonight, probably in the next few minutes,” sure enough, 5 seconds later, Brad May fighting at center ice.  He was man enough to remove his visor/helmet for the fight, but took the first swing and missed.  It was downhill from there.  Not his best showing.  On a night like tonight though, who cares.
  4. Empty Net/Final Shot – Ville Leino was fantastic.  He scored some great goals, forechecked well, and played the best I’ve seen him play all season.  He is a capable NHL player, he can score 20 goals a season, he just needs confidence and drive.  I want to see a couple more games like this in a row though before I completely let up on him.
  5. BONUS – What the heck is Ben Gordon doing Dr. Rahmani commercials during the Red Wings time slot for???  Poor showing Dr. Rahmani, bring Datsyuk back.  His commercial was a classic.  I love it…and you shud tu’.

Random Fight of the Night:

To perpare for tomorrow night’s game against the Canuck’s, I’ve found a solid Darren McCarty fight with Scott Walker.  Notice the shreds of clothing McCarty has left by the end…oh before the jersey tie-downs…

Final question, will Drew Miller, the newest Red Wing Acquisition, see the ice tomorrow against the Canucks?  I’m leaning towards no after a night like tonight…