Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WCSF Game 4: Nashville Must Even Series



Going down 3-1 in a series against the Vancouver Canucks is not an option if you are the Nashville Predators. Sure, Chicago came back and tied the series with the Canucks at three in the 1st round after being down 3-0, but that's not something the Preds can want to test.

The Vancouver Canucks and the Nashville Predators will meet in Game 4 of this Western Conference Semi Finals bout. Vancouver came into Nashville and won Game 3 to give them a 2-1 series lead. The Predators are looking to tie the series at two games apiece going back to Vancouver.

All people are talking about since the game on Tuesday night is the call on Shea Weber that Ryan Kesler drew. Two days later, it's still a terrible call. However, it's not the lone reason that Nashville lost the game. The Predators were simply terrible in the 2nd period, and were lucky to still be in the game.

Thursday night, the Predators have to come out and play a full 60 minute(at least) hockey game. The effort simply has to be there all game, and it has to be there at a playoff caliber level.

My player to watch for Vancouver is Alex Burrows. He's a quick, talented player who has a nose for the net. The Predators have done a decent job against him in this series, and they'll have to continue to do that.

For Nashville, my player to watch is somebody whom I believe will return to the lineup. That person is Colin Wilson. With the injury to Steve Sullivan, either Wilson or J.P. Dumont is going to return. I'd almost bet that it's going to be Wilson. He's angry and he's ready to play. I, like many others, believe that an angry Colin Wilson can be a good thing for the Preds.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

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