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2/27 NHL Game Previews: Blue Jackets and Predators

February 27th 2011 10:41
I have decided to bring in some more content from other sports such as hockey to give people the sense that Pro Sports Wrap encompasses all of sports. I am previewing a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators. There are trade rumors circling Predators' star Shea Weber, while Craig Rivet is set to make his debut for Columbus. Both teams are 31-23, but Nashville has two ties which make them higher in the playoff standings by two spots (10 to 12). Even though they wouldn't be in the playoffs if the playoffs started today, both teams are very much alive in an extremely close playoff race in the Western Conference.

I don't know that much about hockey, but I will try to attack this game as best I can. Let's start with the Blue Jackets and their best player Rick Nash. He leads both teams coming into this game with 29 goals. Nash is one of the biggest stars in hockey and is regarded by some as a legendary player. I would vote for him into the NHL HOF. Anyway, Jakub Voracek is doing a great job of passing it around. Matt Calvert's had trick is fresh in his mind, but P.J. Umberger is the left wing to watch. The Predators are going to be busy with four athletic wingers that are balanced on both sides in their passing, goal scoring, and explosiveness. Steve Mason is solid in goal for Columbus.

Pekka Rinne has been enjoying an exceptional season in goal for Nashville, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the star power that Columbus possess on the wings. Shea Weber has 37 points, which is quite remarkable for a defenseman. He is the captain and the team's star and franchise player. Weber won't be afflicted by all the contract uncertainty surrounding him. He will focus on trying to stop Nash and Umberger. Fellow defensman Ryan Suter is a great team player that has formed a nice partnership with Weber.

Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist are really going to be hit or miss today. I like Erat more as a player because of his track record and the fact that he is just plan downright better. Hornqvist is okay, but the Nashville's right wing is Erat's to own. David Legwand has been a disappointment so far this year, but the Predators have a good one and two center in Legwand and backup Colin Wilson. Sergei Kostitsyn will be the Predators' main attacking threat, especially because fellow left wing J.P. Dumont has been fading for a while.

Both teams are pretty much evenly matched, but the Blue Jackets' defense is what makes them lose a tight one. I really love the combination of Weber and Suter. It is going to be a tight game and a fun one to watch. I think it is a 3-2 game with Sergei Kostitsyn emerging as the game's MVP. It is an extremely tough game to predict.
Predators' Main Attacking Threat
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Comment by nbageek

February 27th 2011 16:46
Good review! Going with the Predators and your pick.

Comment by Biggnights

February 27th 2011 22:04
Way to throw some hockey into your blogs, us hockey fans definately appreciate the publicity. There are a few inaccuracies (Shea Weber is not going to get traded), but it's obvious you put your research into it. Well done

Comment by Joe Soriano

February 28th 2011 04:39
Yeah sorry, I realized the Weber mistake at the end, but it was too little too late. I tried to correct it towards the end of the post when I said it was contract negotiations. I had a giant miscue at the beginning. Thanks for reading it and liking it! I am trying to get into hockey.

Comment by Joe Soriano

February 28th 2011 17:47
Man, I should do this more often! I was spot on with the Preds winning 3-2.

Comment by Zamboni Diaries

February 28th 2011 19:13
Good on you for getting into hockey, but there are no ties in hockey, and I am sure you meant hat trick not "had" trick. Don't stop following or writing about hockey.

Comment by Biggnights

March 1st 2011 03:03
I have to admit I'm impressed you got the score right.

Comment by Joe Soriano

March 1st 2011 04:49
I always forget and call OT losses and such "ties". Haha.

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