Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Flames Beat Preds Again

The Nashville Predators just simply cannot seem to solve the Calgary Flames. The Flames defeated the Predators by a 3-2 score that was decided by a shootout, after Nashville had given away the lead twice in the 3rd period. It was really and up and down game for the Preds, but they still managed to earn one point out of tonight's game. Here are some things to take away from Tuesday night's game against Calgary:

I'm as big of a fan of Colin Wilson as anybody, but he didn't have a good night tonight at all. He didn't seem to be on the same page as his teammates and he let Sarich burn him for the goal that tied it at two.

Pekka Rinne didn't play an awful game tonight. In fact, he was pretty good. But that first goal should never go in under any circumstance at all. Luckily, it doesn't happent that often so it shouldn't be a worry.

Kevin Klein, for the most part, played a pretty strong game tonight. He brought the physicality, for the most part made smart decisions, and put a few pucks toward the net. Hopefully he can keep that up.

The shootout wasn't very impressive. Erat and Franson did not make very smart shots at all. They literally shot the puck right at Kiprusoff. Legwand had Kiprusoff beaten but was unable to finish and floated it right over the net. I'm not a big fan of the group we chose to send out there tonight for the shootout. They're all capable, but it's really not the speciality of any of them. I'd love to see SK74 and Colin Wilson out there. I wouldn't mind seeing Ryan Suter either.

Nick Spaling went down with an injury but Barry Trotz said it's nothing major and he should be fine for the game on Thursday in Philly.

All in all, it wasn't a terrible effort from the Preds but they've got to learn how to keep a lead in the 3rd period. It's definitely been a problem for them so far this year and it's something that might haunt them down the road. As of the time I'm writing this, San Jose leads Phoenix 4-3 in the 3rd. If San Jose holds on, the Preds will be in 4th. If not, Phoenix will jump them and the Preds will be 5th.

The next game is on Thursday night in Philadelphia against the high-powered Flyers. The Preds need to get this win.