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from the CP via TSN,
Goalie Dan Ellis, who almost single-handedly stole Game 5 with 52 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss in Detroit, says the Predators are used to the pressure.
“We’re a desperate hockey team right now. We’ve been desperate the entire season. We just put ourselves right back in that same situation,” he said. “It’s a comfortable situation for us.
“We’re back home where we have the advantage of our home crowd behind us to lift us up through those tired moments. We’re going to give it every push that we can.”
The Nashville Predators are 0-10 in playoff road games throughout their team history.
Sure they battle, and keep on battling, but 0-10 is not going to cut it for them.
A win on Sunday by the Predators will force a game 7 back in Detroit on Tuesday.
That would be another first for the Preds, they have yet to play a game 7 and would be looking for their first series win in their playoff history too.
Are the odds with the Predators?
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Ellis was the sole reason the Predators even reached overtime, as the inexperienced netminder turned away 52 of 53 shots in regulation before surrendering a breakaway goal to Johan Franzen.
“The way Ellie played tonight, there really aren’t words to describe it,’’ Predators forward J.P. Dumont said. “It would have been great if we had found a way to win for him. He deserved to win.’‘
Any thoughts that Ellis might suffer from jitters while playing in his first postseason had probably been eliminated after the first four games of this series. But in case there were still doubters, Ellis nearly single-handedly beat one of the most skilled teams in the league on Friday.
“The biggest disappointment,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said, “was that we wasted that good goaltending effort.’‘
Johan Franzen scored 1:48 into overtime, beating Nashville Predators goalie Dan Ellis who stopped 52 shots.
from the Nashville City Paper,
“If we are going to win the series we have to win one in the Joe, plain and simple. We expect an all-out effort on our end. I know we are going to see the best that Detroit has to offer.
“We are not intimidated by that. I think we know we have to come in and play our ‘A’ game. The more times we play at the Joe, the better chance we have of it happening. That’s just the odds.”
Beating the Red Wings for the third straight time might be an even bigger challenge.
“I don’t think anyone can say they have beaten Detroit three times in a row in the last 10 seasons, never mind this season,” Trotz said. “Detroit is not rattled. They are a very poised team. They are going to come out with an outstanding effort….”
from On The Forecheck,
This Predators/Red Wings series is shaping up to be a real struggle no matter which team ends up winning; Nashville can claim momentum heading into Game 5, but Detroit has two games at home in what has now become a best-of-three affair, so I don’t think there’s a significant advantage to either side right now. One area in which the Red Wings are dominating, however, is the faceoff circle, and that’s where I’d like to provide more detail than what fans usually see.
Overall, Detroit boasts a 130-112 advantage in Faceoff Wins in this series, gaining possession after 53.7% of draws.
continued for numerous breakdowns from the face-off circle…
via Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
Good for the Predators. You may hate them, Blue Jackets fans, but you’ve got to give this club credit for the way it competes. I maintain that Barry Trotz is a no-brainer for coach of the year. Bruce Boudreau second.
Anybody who votes for Mike Babcock is a joke. Arace, Reed and Portzline could coach that club to 48 regular season wins, easy. We’d get beat in the second-round of the playoffs, but ...
from John Glennon at Chilling Out at the Tennessean,
...But the Wings were sunk in Game 4 due in part to the poor goaltending of Dominik Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner. And Detroit coach Mike Babcock just announced that Chris Osgood will replace Hasek for Game 5.
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at this.
After all, Ellis outplayed Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo down the stretch, as the Predators battled the Canucks for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
What’s another all-star to knock off at this point?
From the AP via the Mercury News,
Dominik Hasek is out, and Chris Osgood is in.
Hasek said Thursday that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told him Osgood will start Game 5 against the Nashville Predators, who won two straight at home to even the first-round series 2-all.
From Red Wings Corner:
Asked whether Osgood will be the Red Wings’ netminder for the remainder of the playoffs, coach Mike Babcock laughed and said, “Just win baby.”
Thorsten (Kaye) currently plays wealthy casino owner, Zach Slater, in ABC’s daytime drama, All My Children. For that role, he received a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actor” in 2006. He has also appeared in films, The Silencers, Deadly Desire, and The Bone Collector. An avid rugby and hockey fan, Kaye will chronicle the Detroit Red Wings run to the Stanley Cup.
Now I’m not usually one to flip-flop with goaltenders, but I believe we have to start with Osgood on Friday, absolutely. I don’t know how you can’t.
There was talk, before this series, about how Hasek would have to prove something, and to me, thus far, he hasn’t proved anything. He let in two soft ones again, and even though one bounced off of Kronwall, I think it was, you have to make those saves.
Heck, I would’ve let those in. Those are saves that have to be made.
The goals are coming in from too far out, their ‘D’ are the ones doing the damage. He has to be able to stop a puck from 60 feet away!
more from Thorsten at his NHL Connect blog…
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