Friday Thoughts and Ponderings

Friday, 06.10.2011 / 12:54 PM
By Tom Callahan - Nashville Predators / Tom Callahan's Summer 2011 Blog

Just for a moment, I’m going to talk NBA. Don’t worry, I’ll be brief.

I think like most people I’m not pulling for Dallas so much as against Miami. Sorry Josh Cooper (who is a huge – and legit – Dallas fan). The mocking coughs of LeBron and Dwayne Wade as they arrived at the arena clearly aimed at Dirk Nowitzki are just a symptom of something that will kill any team: arrogance and entitlement.

This Miami team clearly reads its own clips and thinks they are going to win. How can they not with that all-star cast? A team of destiny some might say. Well, if Dallas wins one of the next two games, destiny gets to a fork in the road and takes it. (Thanks Yogi)

I’ve heard that very same phrase talked about in regards to the Vancouver Canucks… that they are a “team of destiny”. Well, through the first two games of the series I would heartily agree with you. They seemed better than Boston in many little areas, despite having a long layoff coming into the Final. Did they begin to read those clips that said “this team is IT!” and buy into it? I’m not ready to fully convict them on that charge. However, I do feel that specifically after Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton the foot definitely came off the gas pedal for the Canucks. And the chance to figure out what needs to change is slipping away.

The fact that Roberto Luongo is starting for Vancouver tonight is hardly news. I would be completely shocked if he wasn’t playing. Alain Vigneault has brought the Canucks this far and he’s not going to suddenly lose his marbles. Aside from the obvious defensive issues, the Canucks are once again not scoring. THAT is what they need to focus on right now.

To that end Alex Burrows needs to find a way to be more effective while continuing to be annoying. Ryan Kesler may indeed be playing hurt, and the Canucks miss his contributions from the last two series wins. Plus the spotlight will be on Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who must find a way to be effective in physical games. It hasn’t really been a hallmark of theirs over the course of their careers, so don’t expect it to change. But just one dominant performance could put Vancouver over the hump. It just has to happen tonight.

***

A quick note on Lane Lambert joining the Predators as an assistant coach, announced earlier this week:

If you preach the message of growth up the system and climbing the ladder, the hiring of Lambert certainly reinforces that for players coming in to this summer’s prospect camp. There will be many players who will eventually wear a Predators uniform, but they must remain patient and go through the system. Head coach Barry Trotz is often fond of saying it’s easier to make the NHL than remain here, and the message there is you must continue to work and improve and learn once you reach this level. Lambert shows that not only do players move up the system but coaches as well, and he’ll be able to provide the example of “I’ve done it, and so can you” along with many players.

The other element here is that there won’t be a big learning curve for Lambert, who having been in the system knows what to expect and will have very little problem acclimating. That will also allow the coaching staff to continue to move ahead at full speed.

Well, enjoy Game Five tonight everyone. And don’t forget – keep your stick on the ice!

In order to view this page you need JavaScript and Flash Player 9+ support!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

nashvillepredators.com is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and nashvillepredators.com are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

NHL Ticket Exchange | Bridgestone Arena | Contact Us | Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | AdChoices