The Preds fell to Caroline last night 4-2. Last night we were mixing up the lines to see who did good with who. This was one of the main reason we looked awful in the 1st and 2nd period.
Dan Ellis was having a tough time last night keeping the puck out of the net. He let two easy ones get by him right at the start of the game. That gave Carolina the momentum to get a good start. Every goal that went in should’ve been stopped.. I’m surprised Trotz didn’t put Pekka Rinne in after the 3rd goal in the 2nd period. Although Ellis did make a few HUGE saves.
The Preds only managed to get in two goals last night. The first Pred’s goal was scored by Joel Ward. He got a good feed from Shea Weber and blew it past Cam Ward. The same thing happened during the first pre-season game, except he completely blew that one. The second goal was scored by Vern Fiddler from Greg Zanon and Ville Koistinen. I was unable to see this goal because I was out in the hall trying to get back to our seats. I apologize for this.
Every single one of our defensemen got over 20 minutes of ice time. Last night was Ville Koistinen’s first game back since last season. He had an assist and a few hits. He’s always brought a solid effort to the table. Radek Bonk only played 6:48 last night. I don’t know if he was hurting or what but he ended out the night with a +1 and a majority of wins on faceoffs. Antti Pihlstrom only got 11:48 ice time last night. That’s suprising.
Patric Hornqvist was playing on the Dumont-Arnott line last night. He got 5 shots on goal. That line totaled out at 16 shots on goal. Although they didn’t get a goal. The chances were there, we just weren’t converting. If they work on that, it could be a really good line in the coming months, that is if they keep it…
Our power play again was terrible. We weren’t taking our shots. We were sitting back passing the puck back and forth. Why do they not work on this? It should be our main concern going into this season.
Our penalty kill did pretty good killing off a 5-3 during the second. Though we did let one get by us on the 5-4. Overall pretty solid performance from our penalty killers last night.
The overall game last night was a bit of a drag to watch for the first two periods. They need to work with these new lines a lot. I think the lines they had going last night will be really decent once they get the chemistry going.
Jackson Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass