While winning one game stops a losing streak I don't know how far it will go in turning the Preds season back around. Truth be told I can't get real excited about a home win against the LA Kings. The only thing I knew going into last nights game was one of these poorly playing teams had to win...there was no way around that.
The Preds came out flying and really looked to me like a team with a mission for the first ten minutes of play. They were flying to the puck, aggressive on the forecheck and attacking the net. It was exciting hockey that resulted in some quality scoring chances that culminated in a great pass that captain Jason Arnott tipped home for his first of three goals on the night. Who mdse that great pass you ask? Why none other than Jordin Tootoo who got a look last night on a line with Arnott and JP Dumont. That line had some great chances and Tootoo made some great passes throughout the night. Those Tootoo haters around the league will be surprised to see the well rounded player that Toots is becoming this year.
Dan Ellis played well last night and the D played a strong game around him (with the exception of a few lapses by the D and a costly turnover by the usual sure handed David Legwand that resulted in a short handed goal by Patrick O'Sullivan) and continues to earn playing time from Barry Trotz.
Ryan Suter continues to get goals by simply throwing it at the net. It amazes me what a simple concept that is but how so many of our players fail to grasp it. Put the puck to the net and good things happen.
The Preds play a 4:00 matinee in Columbus today. This is a four point game with the Bluejackets who sit 4 points ahead of the Preds. The Preds do have a game in hand on Columbus. It is these games that the Preds must win going forward to have any chance to make the playoffs. You have to beat the teams ahead of you...right now for the Preds that's just about everyone! The Good news is that there is still 49 games left for the Preds and that they are only 10 points out of the number four spot held by Colorado.