The Calgary Flames defeated the Nashville Predators on Monday night by a 3-1 score in a game that wasn't very entertaining to watch. The Preds just didn't have it tonight, which can happen from time to time.
There's really not much to complain about. The Preds have still won 10 out of their past 13 games. The key is going to be bouncing back from this loss on Wednesday at Vancouver. I've really looked forward to playing Vancouver for a while now. It'll be a great test for our team, and I really want somebody to knock the hell out of Dan Hamhuis. His comments over the summer about the attendance of Vancouver's Summer Summit being reminiscent of a Nashville home game in November really pissed me off to be quite frank. So, yes, the Vancouver game is personal to me. Check out the attendance now Dan.
There was really only one decision that I didn't understand vs. Calgary and that was the decision to start Pekka Rinne. He didn't play a bad game, but I still don't understand why coach Trotz decided to start him. I understand that he played well vs. Edmonton and has been playing well lately, but it was the second game of a back to back. Anders Lindback isn't the starting goalie, but he still needs to see action from time to time to keep his groove. Now, Rinne will not be rested for the Vancouver game on Wednesday night. I just didn't understand the move.
The Preds have to just move on from this. They will take on Vancouver on Wednesday night at 9:00 P.M. in Vancouver. Hopefully they'll bring some serious physicality and their scoring sticks.