Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday Round-Up, Preds Face Hawks in Must Win Game
The Predators have their back against the wall tonight in Chicago. Our Game Preview from yesterday still stands except for the emphasis on the key to the game that says they have to win one of the two games in regulation leaving tonight's game as that game.
Mark at the View from 111 vented his frustration over Saturday's loss at Hockey Independent. As he says, the top players were not the top players. The only reason Jason Arnott was not invisible was for the memorable bumbles that he made with chances to put the puck on net.
I'm not sure what Barry Trotz will do to lite a fire under the team but if he can't get their attention today to encourage them to play a full sixty minutes, then the team is incapable of having their attention gotten.
Hawks- Preds Stories...
Here is our story with post game videos from last night.
Bryan Mullen has the game story at the Tennessean and his notes column.
David Boclair has his piece at The City Paper.
Jim Diamond has his thoughts on the game at The Examiner. He also has a World Junior story.
In Pred Blog World Brandon Felder, See Puck City, and Fan Huddle have stories.
For the Chicago side of the story visit the Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, or Daily Herald.
In Pred Nation...
Sweden announced their Olympic roster and it includes Predator Patric Hornqvist. He is the first of several Predators to be named to their country's team (unless you consider Radulov to still be a Pred). Wednesday should be a big day for Pred players with Canada, Finland, Czech Republic and Germany announcing their rosters.
The Milwaukee Admirals also lost last night, 4-2 to Rockford.
The first day of the tournament was full of excitement with Canada blowing out Latvia 16-0 and with Team USA mounting a big comeback 7-3 victory over Slovakia.
Probably the biggest surprise of day one was Preds prospect Gabriel Bourque having three goals and four assists in Canada's big win. He received Puck Daddy's first star of the day award for his efforts. Bourque was one of the lower picks that stuck on Canada's squad.
The Predator's site is keeping a daily log of the five prospects efforts.
Today's US TV schedule on the NHL Network is as follows (all times CST).
USA vs Switzerland 3 p.m.
Czech Republic vs Finland 5 p.m.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass