Yes I know that I took some time off from the ol' blog this weekend. Truth be told it felt kind of good. I took the time to sit back and enjoy time with my wife and 23 month old little girl. Don't get me wrong...I watched some hockey but this weekend was about family and pausing to take time and be thankful for what we have been blessed with. I have an incredible wife, a beautiful daughter and another on the way. We have a four year old miniature Dachshund (our first born) who, like it or not, rules our home. I am blessed.
Now onto hockey...which is why you read my blog.
The Thanksgiving weekend saw the Preds come up big against the Wings on Thanksgiving night winning 3-2 in regulation. There is no doubt that the Red Wings are the team to beat in the Central but there are some chinks in that Red armor that is evident by their 4-4-1 record in their nine game Central series. Without a doubt this was a huge win for the Preds and one that, hopefully, will give them confidence going forward against the Wings. (On a side note...who else is shocked at the play of Osgood and Hasek? Have they traded places? Osgood has played great this year while the Dominator seems to be a bit off.)
Saturday night saw the Minnesota Wild visit and escape with a 4-3 win. The Preds outplayed the Wild for most of the night but the Wild really made the most of their chances. As a fellow Pred fan noted to me at the game Saturday...it's these type of games that the Preds seem to lose. We win the games where we get out shot but have a hard time when we dominate a team (outshooting them 43-25).
With 22 games played the Preds sit last in our division and 11th in the conference with 24 points. While many might look at that and be down I look at it in a positive light (see first paragraph again if you must to see why!). Since the Preds six game slide early in the season they have rebounded going 9-3-2 in their next 14 games including 5-1-2 against Central division foes. These Preds have turned it around. The inspired play of Arnott, Erat and Dumont line and the return of big Shea Weber have pushed this team right back in the thick of it. It's going to be a fun season!
Central Standings (through 11-25)
GP W L OTL PTS
DETROIT 23 15 6 2 32
CHICAGO 22 12 8 2 26
COLUMBUS 23 11 8 4 26
ST LOUIS 21 13 8 0 26
NASHVILLE 22 11 9 2 24