What you are smelling is the rotten egg that the Preds laid last night against a very good Dallas Stars team.
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Where It Went Right: The first period for the most part was solid and the Preds played step for step with the Stars. It looked like this was going to be a game decided in OT or by a late goal. Both teams were skating hard and playing a physical game.
Where It Went Wrong: For me it all went wrong when the Preds failed to convert on an extended five on three power play...I think the Preds had like 1:20ish of 5 on 3 time. They kept looking for that perfect play. They kept looking for Steve Sullivan to be available back door or for Paul Kariya to make that perfect pass. We are not that team. We have to create the chances...throw the puck at the net. That kill coupled with the horrible clock management at the end of the first killed all Pred momentum and gave the Stars life. They took over the game from there.
Injuries: Yes we were without Gelinas and Radulov and Jed went down leaving Trotz to juggle lines but it's no excuse to the way we played. That was pathetic hockey. Pathetic.
To Trade Or Not To Trade: Arnott called out David Poile after the game urging him to make a move to help the banged up team. What will Poile do? I have long maintained that this team needs a star...if one can be procured through this process as more than a rental (al la Brad Richards who has a few years left on his deal) then let's make it happen. If it's just a rental then we stay put and make a splash in the free agent market. It will be an exciting few days...if anyone can make something happen it's David Poile.
David Legwand: So...it appears David Legwand was pulled over for a DUI. It's a sad day for a franchise that, for the most part, has stayed remarkably clean in it's ten years history. It sounds like he made a poor decision and now has to face the consequences. David is a bright guy and even bright people do stupid things. I just hope this is a one time thing for him and not the beginning of something worse. At least the Preds are still better than the Titans and their thugs...Pac Man anyone?
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