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Friday, April 11, 2008

Thoughts on Game 1, Round 1

-- It doesn't look like Scott Nichol will return to the Nashville lineup for Game 2 after a "left arm injury" and that's a significant loss for the Predators. Nichol centered the third line, but he was a plus-12 in the regular season and won 59.8 percent of his faceoffs.
-- I'm not a big fan of Darren McCarty playing ahead of Aaron Downey. But I did love seeing McCarty's face when Jordin Tootoo acted up.
-- Brad Stuart had three shots on goal but I'm not sure that his broken finger is allowing him to shoot the puck well at all.
-- Dominik Hasek turned the switch on for the playoffs. The Red Wings have the better goalie.
-- Brian Rafalski had a weak game and fortunately it didn't cost the Red Wings.
-- I fear Alexander Radulov above all other Predator forwards. But the Red Wings coaching staff doesn't, matching up against the Jason Arnott line instead. Worked well tonight.
-- Dallas Drake looked like a good lineup decision. He and Tomas Holmstrom had a team-high four hits.
-- Henrik Zetterberg was a one-man shooting gallery. He had eight shots on goal, six that missed the mark and one that was blocked.


Blogger josh said...

thought that chelios looked weak. i know it's hard to sit him, but i think that they have two better defensemen that are healthy scratches. for that matter, lilia shouldn't be starting over lebda or meech either. this won't cost them in this series, but as we go further i'd much rather have lebda and meech as the final defensive pairing.

April 11, 2008 at 7:02 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Downey deserves to be in over McCarty, but Darren has a little more offensive upside. The sadistic side of me would love to see Downey in at least one game this series to give Tootoo his due.

April 11, 2008 at 10:29 AM 
Blogger Matt said...

Chelios had some good shifts. I disagree that you play him above any other guys sitting.

As much as I don't enjoy seeing Lilja playing, I do like the grittiness that he can bring and he is pretty good on the PK. Lebda is still learning and can be a nice offensive presence at a sacrifice of defense. Meech did a great job last year, but is still too young to play over Lebda and Lilja.

I'd like to see Abdelkader over Hartigan, however, and definitely Downy over Mac.

April 11, 2008 at 12:26 PM 
Anonymous Jordin Tootoo said...

Do you think we will see a Drake, Downey, Mac line this year?

April 11, 2008 at 4:03 PM 

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