Thursday, 24 October 2013

Are you an insomniac?

If you suffer from insomnia, tonight may be a your night. The Jets are in Nashville tonight where the atmosphere is incredible, and the team on the ice is incredibly - boring. The Preds are 2 points up on the Jets in the newly formed Central division, so tonight is an important early season contest; just don't expect what you saw on Tuesday or you will be VERY disappointed. Tonight could be a trap game versus a trap team.

The last four games the Preds have played have featured 12 goals, total. BOTH teams. Nashville is currently forth last in the NHL in goal scoring. Now to be fair, their calling has always been solid team play from the goal out. They have been blessed with solid starting goalies since their entry into the league, and they are renowned for drafting and developing defensemen. To add to the intrigue this even, they have just put starting goalie Pekka Rinne on I/R after hip surgery, not a good injury for a goalie. There is a solid chance that Nashville are EVEN MORE buttoned down tonight so the Jets will have their work cut out for them. 

The difference for Winnipeg should be Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane driving the net. If they use their speed they should be able to draw penalties. If that happens the power play has got to step up and take advantage. The best way to beat a trap team is to wear their PK down. The Jets power play is 25th in the league while the Preds PK is currently 13th best. There is your key to the game. 

I miss you Burmi!
The starting goalies will be Carter Hutton who won his first ever start against the Jets last weekend against Ondrej Pavelec...why wouldn't it be Pavelec? Sometimes young goalies can have early success against teams because they don't have a book on them. It will be interesting to see if the Jets have a better read on him tonight. Game is 6.00 CST on TSN Jets. Rejoice insomniacs, your sleep may be upon you!

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