Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Predators Devour Avalanche

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Ouch. Double ouch actually since that's the second time this season that the Predators have shut out the Avalanche. And on the day I launch the new look for this site too. Who does Nashville think they are?

If it weren't for some stellar goaltending by Dan Ellis, this game may have had a different tone. He came up big early on and definitely deserved the shutout which included a couple big saves late in the game.

Jose Theodore put in a mediocre performance as he let in 4 goals on 29 shots. Memory is failing me now but at least 3, if not all 4, were blocker side shots including a couple that you'd expect to be stopped.

However I do hope to see Theodore in net next game, if only to show that Q has figured out that one bad game doesn't mean a shakeup is needed in the crease.




Ok, that was a little glib but shutouts always put me in a sour mood. The game wasn't as bad a performance as it looked on paper.

- Wolski is showing that he has the ability to hang onto the puck in the offensive zone and not get pushed off easily
- but he still isn't finishing his checks like earlier in the year
- Svatos had some point blank chances but Ellis shut him down
- Shea Weber > Dion Phaneuf

Related Links
NHL.com Event Summary
In the Cheap Seats Recap
ColoradoAvalanche.com Recap