Game 1 - 1st Period

Friday, 04.27.2012 / 8:52 PM
The Preds lines at the start of the game (in order of first shift)
    Legwand centering Bourque and Radulov
    Fisher centering Erat and S. Kostitsyn
    Spaling centering Hornqvist and A. Kostitsyn
    Gaustad centering Smith and Yip

Defense pairings:
    Suter and Weber
    Josi and Klein
    Bouillon and Gill


THREE MUSINGS:
Bad Start -- Nashville was very sloppy on its first shifts, ultimately culminating in a bad turnover by Kevin Klein and an early Phoenix power-play. Barry Trotz talks about the Preds being "engaged in the game" ... Nashville wasn't at the outset. Phoenix cashed in on the opening power-play for the first goal of the series. The passing wasn't crisp, the forecheck angles weren't sharp, the physicality was missing. It wasn't until the third or fourth shifts that the Preds lines and defensive pairings started to look like they were "game ready."

First Goal Similarities -- The Preds goal came on a hard shoot-in by Craig Smith that hit off a stantion in the glass and popped out in front of the crease with goaltender Mike Smith cutting behind the net to try to play what appeared to be a routine dump-in. While a different play, it was a similar bit of fortune to Nashville's first goal of the WCQF series vs. Detroit -- Paul Gaustad's wraparound that bounced in off the Red Wings defender in front.

Goalie Play -- Mike Smith is one of --- if not the --- best puck-moving goaltenders in the league. Surprisingly he made three puckhandling errors in the first period, including two in the final minute or so. Something to keep an eye on throughout the game. If Smith struggles with his puckhandling, that makes a HUGE difference in how the Coyotes configure their breakout plays and their defensive zone coverages.




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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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

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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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