Call tonight's game what you want...
"Gut Check Time."
Whatever you want to call it
the Predators have no other choice but to win tonight. While it's not win or go home it is win or start looking at where you'll be vacationing next week.
While the Preds find themselves down 2-0 in the best of seven contest the series has been close. A couple of bad bounces (or calls) go our way and we could be all tied up or better heading into tonight. The Preds hope all those bounces start going their way as they find their way back to home ice tonight.
Much has been said
about our top line being shut down during the first two games. I am as frustrated as the next guy but going up against Daytsuk and Zetterberg (tow of the best all around players in the game) is not easy. These guys can light it up but they also know how to shut down opponents. They have done a great job so far. Tonight Trotz gets the last change...it will be interesting to see what he throws out there.
The Preds played
one of their best periods of hockey during the first on Saturday. They came out and played an up tempo style and really took the game to the Wings. I expect the same energy tonight as the Preds will be feeding off the always potent home crowd.
Nothing would make me more happy
than to see David Legwand out there tonight. He is a much needed presence in the line up...especially with Nichol out.
I'll be there tonight...will you? Let the boys hear you!
UPDATE: I will be blogging live from the game. In the past I have blogged too much at these things...I may only blog during intermission and TV timeouts. To get the updates ck out http://predjoe.wordpress.com/