The Morning After
Monday, 04.25.2011 / 10:30 AM
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!