No Arnott… no Legwand… no Erat… no Jones… it finally caught up. Nashville looked a step (or two) slow in Columbus tonight as they failed to generate consistent offensive pressure. Pekka Rinne did all he could to help the Preds get the 2 points, but his bad rebound to Raffi Torres was ultimately the deciding factor. The 2-1 loss keeps them in 7th, but by the end of tonight’s games, could put them in 8th with a Ducks win at the Oilers.
A play I want to mention here is when J.P. Dumont was nailed into the boards by Jiri Novotny. I think all Preds fans were scared that the injuries were piling up even more with that, but luckily Dumont came back a few minutes later. On Novotny’s side of this, it was dirty IMO. I don’t care if you disagree with me… it was dirty. Dumont’s numbers were facing Novotny, and he put him into the boards pretty hard. I didn’t like that play at all, and hope Novotny gets fined for it.
An injury that did occur, though, was an upper-body injury to Antti Pihlstrom. If he’s out for this weekend, look for Nick Spaling to be called up from Milwaukee. Barry Trotz & company will need to regroup and come up with points in Chicago on Friday, and then beat Columbus on Saturday… because the last thing this team needs is that usual post-Detroit-win slump.