Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kings Throttle Preds; Streak Ends

This game was really over before it started(Or shortly after it started). The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Nashville Predators by a 6-1 score Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. With the loss, the Preds went 4-1-0 in the past week, gathering 8 out of a possible 10 points. I'll take that. I do have a few issues with Saturday night's game though.

Why did Anders Lindback start this game? In all honesty, Mark Dekanich probably should have started the game on Friday night against the lowly New Jersey Devils. The Devils are terrible this year, and it would have been a nice game to give Dekanich, as he wouldn't have seen that many shots or pressure. Above all, it would have given Anders Lindback some rest. He's played every single game since Pekka Rinne went out with injury. So if Lindback started last night then he surely shouldn't have started tonight. I know he's been hot. But at some point you've got to give the man a rest. Having said all that, Lindback came out of the gate looking bad. You could tell he wasn't on his game when the warmups started. The defensive help that he was given was awful, but Lindback still wasn't sharp at all. So, Lindback was taken out midway through the 1st period after giving up 3 goals on 9 shots, including one goal 15 seconds into the game. Mark Dekanich came in a played a mediocre game, also giving up three goals. The defensive help for him wasn't there either.

The other issue I have is with Alexander Sulzer. I really don't know why he's playing. I understand that Cody Franson is out with injury, but we've got to have someone more capable of doing the job than Sulzer down in Milwaukee. He's just not up to speed out there.

I really expected a loss tonight. I didn't expect a 6-1 loss though. Nashville just didn't have any legs. The 5 games in 8 nights caught up to them, which is understandable. The good thing is that they've got a minor break until they travel to Chicago for a game Wednesday, and then turn around and play Thursday night against Ottawa back home. The Preds just need to rest the next few days and come back on the ice Tuesday for a good practice. The Predators are looking to start 3-0-0 against Chicago on Wednesday night.

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