The Morning After

Monday, 04.25.2011 / 10:30 AM
By Tom Callahan - Nashville Predators / Tom Callahan's Playoff Blog

Last night’s Game Six was incredible. I haven’t heard Bridgestone Arena so loud, so jacked up, so ready to explode in my three years here. You as fans have really elevated the mood and the feeling inside the arena and deserve a lot of credit. Fantastic job and great energy that just continues to prove the doubters wrong and show what a great hockey city Nashville is. Thanks for that.

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Already the questions have begun: which team would you rather face in the second round? I don’t know that Nashville has a preference. Let’s face it – there are four teams left after this round ends and all four will be battle-tested and a bit weary, but still very good teams. All have respective strengths and weaknesses, and no matter which opponent Nashville draws, you can bet the excitement level will be even higher than it was for Game Six. The Predators have crept one step closer.

As far as the next round goes for opponents, I can boil it down like this:
 - If both higher seeds win (VAN, SJ) we get VAN

 - If both lower seeds win (CHI, LA) we get LA with home ice advantage

 - If one high and one low win, we get DET

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An odd thing, I don't feel we've seen the best of the Nashville Predators in the playoffs; something to feel good about moving forward. Think about that - Nashville drew a team in the Ducks no one wanted to face in the first round, and we beat them. To me that just says there is far more to come from this hockey team. Rinne will be better, our defense was just starting to get into the groove, and you can definitely look at every player up front to ramp up his game come round two. Also, don't forget Marty Erat may be back as well, putting a bit more offensive jump back into the Legwand/Ward pair as well.

On top of this you have Smithson, Spaling, and Tootoo playing quite possibly the best hockey of the season and contributions from Sullivan and Dumont too. Yes Preds fans, you have a lot to be excited about right now. Once you've made that second round, anything can happen. Let's hang on for the ride!


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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

 
 

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