Not sure if anyone has thought of this connection, but these kinds of things cross my mind from time to time
In June of 2010 David Poile took a chance on a "troubled" forward by the name of Sergei Kostitsyn. In a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, Poile accepted Sergei into his lineup in exchange for the option on a goalie named Dan Ellis.
On October 24, 2010, Kostitsyn began his offensive turnaround (and I don't mean spin motion - that's strictly Erat's department) by scoring his first goal as a Nashville Predator in Tampa Bay against a goalie by the name of Dan Ellis.
Today in April of 2011 Sergei Kostitsyn finds himself a valued player and the Nashville Predators' leading scorer. In return he will have the opportunity to help drive the Predators to their first playoff series win. Ironically, in that quest, he will face a goalie named Dan Ellis.
So what am I implying here? Am I implying the appearance of Dan Ellis is akin to the goldfish in "Jerry McGaguire" showing itself at pivotal moments in the main character's development? Am I implying that Sergei Kostitsyn is our main character? Do I really think the hockey gods pay so much attention to petty details?
Who knows. After all, we have seen some strange things happen this season, including a miracle, hat trick comeback by a rookie, and a magic stick that deflects Oiler induced pucks. Perhaps in this series beginning tonight, we will see the complete redemption of a player once written off by the hockey world.
And wouldn't that be fitting. After all, the Predators themselves are often written off by the press, and it is nothing new to see them go into a game as the underdog. So for what it's worth, my money is definitely on SK74 to do some serious damage to those mighty Ducks. Sure, guys like Getzlaf, Perry, and Selane are all great players, but Kostitsyn and the Predators are playing for stakes higher than individual numbers; they have come to this playoffs to prove the Predators are an NHL force to be reckoned.