Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is goodbye....until 2010

I won't be blogging for the next week, but when I get back there will be a serious blog with all the awesome details of our trip.

Me and the girls are hitting the road at 6 am tomorrow morning.

Chicago awaits us tomorrow night.

Milwaukee and the Admirals are on deck for Monday.

We move on to St. Louis Tuesday.

Things slow down a bit for Wednesday. We'll be spending Wednesday and Thursday in Columbus.

Driving back to Tennessee on New Year's Day.

There's a hectic week ahead, filled with tons of hockey. For now, I'm off to Nashville for the first game of our home and home with the Hawks.

Let's go Preds! Make this trip worth every mile driven, every penny spent, and every drink downed.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recap Preds vs. Ginger twins, grease monkey, and cheating sob

Since it doesn't seem to be working, we're gonna try a different angle here, so hang with me.

Keep Klein and Hamhuis together forever. Never split them up because they are simply awesome together. They read the play well, clear the slot, and make great decisions. In my opinion, this pairing is much better than our so called top pairing of Weber and Suter.

So glad I stayed up late to watch some fail. I think we're all in agreement that Ellis is the number two goalie on this team. Time to look past the couple of average performances he had in those wins and put Pekka back in net where he belongs. I expect Pekka will be back in Saturday against the Hawks. With the back to back, I'm not sure what we'll do. Guess it depends on how Peks does Saturday and how he's feeling.

Positive from this game: Weber is venting some more frustration. That man is on another angry streak. I don't know if he's mad at himself for not playing as well lately or if it's something personal, but I like angry Shea. Tonight he beat up Kesler, who happens to be the only Canuck I tolerate. I'm not sure I've ever seen Kesler fight, so this one caught me off guard. But nonetheless, it was awesome.

There were these 2 guys next to the Preds penalty box in green body suits taunting whoever was in our box. I don't know how our guys kept a straight face. I was cracking up on the couch. It was so original.

Smithson took a shot off his hand and missed most of the game. My thoughts: meh. Point streak my foot. He is everything that is wrong with the second line. I hate him on the line with Ward and Leggy, but the paper was all about praising him and saying how well he's doing.
Bouillon missed most of the second period after taking what I think was a puck to the face. He came back for the third with a nice mark on his face.

Weber and Franson had pretty decent games. They looked better than they've looked in awhile. Suter was a little weak tonight, as was Dumont. But Dumont has been on my list for awhile. As is often the case in games like this, no one really stood out. The team looked weak as a whole; some more than others.

Taking 4 out of 6 points on the Western Canada swing is nothing to scoff at. We're still second in our division, behind the Hawks.

The boys will finally be back on home ice Friday before taking another three game trip.

This Blackberry outage is killing me. Missed so many e-mails today. IM and Twitter aren't working. I feel so disconnected. Hopefully it's fixed when I get up in the morning.

Luongo is a grease monkey.

And that is all.

A letter to the west coast

Dear west coast hockey markets,

I hate having to stay up so darn late to watch games when my team is out there. By the time the game in Vancouver is over, it will be around midnight. I worked about 11 hours today (between babysitting and my actual job). I am spent and the puck doesn't drop for another 30 minutes. If you could be so kind as to make like Calgary did on Saturday and have afternoon games, I would be eternally grateful.

All the best,

Getting up and making it to work at 8 tomorrow seems highly unlikely after being up half the night. I am a grandma, and I enjoy, nay, need my 10 hours a night. There is no shame in that, and I know I am not the typical college student, seeing as how I am in bed by 10 almost on a nightly basis. Taking that into consideration, New Years should be interesting. This road trip is going to dramatically affect my sleep schedule. Ciara and I already decided there may be some cranky times in the car. It may be best if I leave my Blues jersey here at home and not push Kelly that far. haha

I'm going to go back to watching the Sharks play at a decent hour. By the way, thanks a lot 20 cent for ruining Nabby's shutout for my fantasy team.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Canada swing continues

Boy am I glad I didn't go to bed Thursday night after the Preds were down 2-0 to Edmonton within the first 5 minutes. That turned out to be quite the game. The final was 6-3. And the Preds have now scored 5 or more goals in the last 3 games. Yes, the Predators, who were so offensively inept earlier this season. Again, we're seeing fire from the team of nobodies.

They're in Calgary today. Unfortunately, I won't get to see much of this game. I don't get off until 3:30, and then I have to babysit. Thank God for DVR.

Per twitter, Ellis is in goal this afternoon. Maybe Pekka needs a break. He was certainly not a happy camper after being pulled Thursday. But neither of those goals were on him.

Klein and Hamhuis still suck and need to be split.

7 days until the boys are back on home ice.
8 days until the boys, and us girls are in Chicago

By the way, the 10 day forecast for Chicago calls for snow the 2 days before we go and the day we get there. Pray we don't end up in a ditch somewhere :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mid-game Note


Play Sulzer and bench Klein. This is ridiculous.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Now that's what I call a hockey game

Nashville 7 Tampa Bay 4
A nightmare game for both goalies, that's for sure. After a less than stellar first period, the Predators came to play in the second. It was 2-1 Tampa after one period, our defense looked like crap, and I was worried.
Every qualm I had about this game was gone after the second. The Preds scored 5 unanswered goals in the second. Yes, 5 goals in one period. Shea "Freaking" Weber had the best fight of the season. That man is scary when he's angry, and it is so hot. I hate that he was off the ice for 5 minutes, but Downie must have really pissed him off. I was in Wendy's seats again last night. She was on the glass over in the corner, and had a great view of the fight. But I had an even better view of Shea in the box. Needless to say, the love hate relationship I've had going with him is totally back to love. I was hoping for a goal so he'd have a Gordie Howe last night, but oh well. Hopefully that fight is what he needed to turn his game around. After looking weak on two breakaway goals, he looked a lot more solid after returning from serving his major.

One thing I loved about this game was that despite scoring 7 goals, no one had a hat trick or scored more than once. We had 7 different goal scorers. Belak, Klein, Bouillon, and Sulzer were the only ones without a point, besides Pekka.

There were 3 fights, if you will. First was Weber's awesomeness, Klein gave it a pretty good go next. Then Smithson "fought" Malone. It was not a fight. But both got 5 minutes. They had exchanged crosschecks and face washes, then Malone knocked Smitty down on the ice, so I guess that warranted a fighting major for both. Meh, whatever.

I haven't been that into a game in awhile. So glad that the team put on a great show in front of a respectable crowd for a Tuesday night.

Jacob brought up a good point last night. He and Willy were talking about what they'd most like to see on the ice. Jacob asked our group. After we all gave what turned out to be the wrong answers, he pointed out that Smithson has yet to record an assist. He has 5 goals, but no helpers. I don't know why, but that is so funny to me. Smitty's career high is 7 goals, and we're not even halfway through the season yet. I hate that he always turns it up in contract years. They always bring him back, and I'm over it.
*Jacob and Willy both work for the Preds and the radio station that broadcasts the games and player shows

This was Nick Spaling's first NHL game, and he collected an assist. He looked pretty good out there, despite seeing limited ice time, as he was on a line with Belak. During warmups, they had him with Hornqvist and Jones. I don't know why they didn't try that line for the game because I think it just might work. They were all in Milwaukee together. But Trotz probably didn't want 3 young guys together. Whatever.

Apparently Franson was called up today. I have no idea what the deal is there. Does that mean Sulzer sits tomorrow against Edmonton? I like both of them, and want them both to play. But everyone knows that Trotz doesn't have the stones to sit one of the vets who have been struggling *coughKleincough*

Still harping on the "break up the boyfriends" thing. Sulzer and Weber spent most of training camp together, and they were stellar. Why we don't try that in a game situation is beyond me. I know they won't do it, but I just want us to spread the talent. Maybe giving Weber and Suter a break from each other would help the rookies we've got at the blueline. Franson grew up with Shea, so I think it goes without saying that there could definitely be some potential for Shea to help him improve his game.

I'm not going to focus on the stuff I'm still irritated about because that game was too awesome for that. The only downside is that we don't have another home game until December 26th. It seems like forever, even though it's only a week and a half. The team has a tough Canadian trip ahead of them. Edmonton tomorrow, Calgary on Saturday, and then Vancouver on Tuesday. Calgary has been struggling lately, so hopefully the story will be a little different than when they were in town a couple weeks ago. The last two games should give the team a pretty nice boost before heading out though. Hope we come back with at least 4 points. 6 would be nice, but I would not be disappointed with winning 2 out of 3.

West coast games mean late nights, but thankfully my last exam is tomorrow. It's easier to get up for work than for classes. Money is a funny little motivator when you have a road trip and booze to pay for. 11 days and one more paycheck away

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dear Steve Mason, Suck it!

What a game! Sully nets the hat trick, thus telling Steve Mason the douche to suck it.

I love that Pekka is having a better year than Mason this year. Basically, Mason is overrated. And he wears #1, so he's a douche. Pekka didn't play tonight, but Ellis had a decent game. Both goalies were giving up some pretty big rebounds, but Ellis and the good guys came out on top.

My only other pet peeve from this game was the penalties. Columbus had 8 power plays. EIGHT! One or two of the calls were bs, like the "trip" on Weber when he didn't even touch the guy until he was already falling down on the ice. That call gave the BJs over a minute of 5 on 3. Fortunately, they didn't even get a shot on goal. Despite giving up 2 power play goals, I don't think the PK did terrible. Those guys must be pretty tired though.

Hope our penalty killers get a good night's rest because they have to be ready to battle Tampa Bay tomorrow.

I'm assuming Pekka will be in net. I know I would feel better with him playing. That's not a knock on Ellis, but his game just makes me so nervous.

The next time the Preds play the Jackets, I will be there. And I can't wait. I can only hope the game is in similar fashion to tonight's.

Random Monday Musings

I was too drunk Saturday night to have much recollection about the Wings game. Thank God for DVR. I wasn't feeling well today, so instead of spending all day at work, I came home early, made some soup, and watched the game again.

Suter and Weber had bad games. Both were -2, and Weber was really undisciplined. Before that game, he had 4 penalty minutes. Afterwards, he had 10. Pete and Terry remarked that he was playing like he was frustrated. Whatever it was, he needs to get a handle on it. Him being in the box that much is not acceptable, no matter how hot it may or may not be.

Why in God's name did we start the overtime period with the D pairing of Hammer and Klein? This is the worst pairing since Zidlicky and Koistenen. They sucked earlier in the year, so they split them up. And now they're back together? Wtf? Someone please enlighten me. Needless to say, I was not surprised when Bertloser came in and scored the game winner 25 seconds into overtime.

As much as I hate to say it, it might be time to break up the boyfriends (Suter and Webs) and spread the talent.

The team sent Franson down to Milwaukee yesterday. Guess that means Sulzer will be playing. I'm torn on this one because Franson has been much better lately. But I am glad that Sulzer will be seeing some ice time.

Weber broke another teammate. Literally. Tootoo is out 3-4 weeks with a broken bone after taking a Weber shot to the foot.

As of right now, the Preds haven't made a call-up. Unfortunately, that means Belak will be playing. With Franson sent down and Belak in, the Preds will not have any scratches. Not sure I like that move. Anything could happen at pre-skate. If someone were to get injured practicing, we'd have no replacement.

Maybe they'll make a move and have someone here in time for the game against Tampa Bay tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the last home game until the day after Christmas. Me, Ciara, and Kelly leave for Chicago 2 days after Christmas. Less than 2 weeks until the epic road trip. Hope those northerners are ready for us.

Puck drops in Columbus in an hour. Here's hoping for no overtime. I can't stand giving away points to division rivals.

Friday, December 4, 2009


No more streaks. Not seeing any in the foreseeable future. The team that was on the ice during that 7 game streak has disappeared. Someone should put them on a milk carton.
I don't want to talk about the Minnesota game. Many profanities were screamed, and it resulted in me being chewed out for not acting like a lady. Umm guys love me. Until I can't get a guy because I'm too into sports or have a mouth too much like a sailor, I won't consider this a problem. And that game and our defense deserved to have the "F" word screamed at them multiple times.
Chicago and their big fat contract handing out selves tonight.
I'm at work till the puck drops.
We'll blog about this tomorrow at work, provided no crazies call and I've gotten caught up on Grey's Anatomy.