I love the Flyers, and no other team. I want us to win a Cup, and there is no other team that I accept as an alternative. There are 29 other fanbases that feel the same way about their own club. We all have one goal, and we all have an effect on one another. Since our Fansided Network is doing a 30 day preview to get ready for the 2011-12 season, I’ll be looking at how much of a threat each team is to our own Cup hopes. Today, we have the Nashville Predators.
Coaching, goaltending, and defense are the Hallmark for the Predators. They live and die by winning low scoring games. Given their market/budget, there’s no other way for them. Lucky for them, they have the talent to make it work. The problem, year after year, is that they just don’t have enough for that extra step. I felt that Pekka Rinne should have been MVP last year, and he wasn’t even nominated. He’s damn good in net, and gives them more than just a punchers chance of winning every single game that he plays. Weber and Suter do a great job of holding up the back end, eating minutes and controlling play. Fisher and Legwand are nice players up front, but they don’tscare anyone. Aside from a Weber slapper, there’s not much to fear from this team once they cross the blueline. But, then again, that’s how they like it.
The Flyers will face the Preds on January 14 and February 2. Thats two games, within two weeks, where we get to see if our offense has reached midseason form. It’s a good test to see how well we can sustain pressure on a team that will be patient and won’t fight back too hard. But, other than that, the Preds simply can’t score enough to ever be a dangerous playoff contender. As it says in their preview, their biggest hope is making it out of the first round. And as great as their coach is, and as much as this team excels in the regular season, they simply don’t have enough to scare any other real contender. And I’m not looking forward to the snorefests these games usually tend to be either.
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