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Looking Behind, Forging Ahead Week 7: Atlantic Assault

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Prepare to be bombarded by foes from the Atlantic division, with games against the Leafs, Senators and Panthers.

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Sorry for missing last week everyone. Stuck in a car and all that. Let's just get to it, shall we?

The Stats

Last Week
Games Fenwick% PDO Off ZS % TeamGF TeamGA TeamG+/- TeamG% Faceoff % TOI
4 50.78 104.05 50 4 1 3 80 43.18 127.46
This Week
3 55.32 101.67 53.19 5 3 2 62.5 55.02 107.09
Season
17 52.8 103.61 49.4 23 11 12 67.65 48.48 62

Hoo boy. Filip Forsberg has been playing out of his mind, and most of that is due to just his pure talent. However, almost everything he is shooting is going in, and that will have to change sooner or later. Don't be surprised to see him cool off for a few games, or even longer. It's part of growing as a player, and totally natural

It's nice to see the defense's zone starts evened out a bit more. Earlier in the season, Sethchenkov was starting seemingly every shift in the defensive zone. They're still relied on for that, but not quite as heavily, and their numbers are looking much better for it.

Since we missed last week, I would be remiss to point out that Victor Barley did below average, despite very sheltered minutes.

I'm very curious to see if the Matt Cullen, Derek Roy, Olli Jokinen trio sticks together for a while, and if they do, how they perform. All three guys have been around since the Roosevelt Administration, (Teddy, not Franklin), which could cause some problems. Yet, none of them are playing particularly bad, though Jokinen and Roy haven't been doing much good either.

Golden Player of the Week

  • Filip Forsberg - Let's not kid ourselves. Maybe one of these days giving him so much praise is going to get old, but it is not this day.

Not-So-Golden Player of the Week

  • Taylor Beck - Beck was on the ice for three 5v5 goals against this week, the most on the team. Two of those were the Edmonton goals while they were clawing their way back into the game. For the most part, Beck has not looked out of place on the team at all this year, so we can chalk this one up to just an unfortunate week.

Player to Keep an Eye On

  • Calle Jarnkrok - Mike Fisher's return is on the horizon, so he could be playing for his roster spot this week. Was able to break the goose-egg under his "P" column with his assist on Craig Smith's game-winner against Winnipeg. Should Smith and Wilson remain on a line with him, they could very well help him get back to putting up some regular points.
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Three games this week...let's get it on!

Tuesday, November 18th Nashville @ Toronto

2013-14 Record Against: 1-1-0

Not much to see here. Some of you may have enjoyed the 4-2 win in November that featured a 4 point night from Matt Cullen and a 3 point night from Craig Smith. That's fine, but for my money the highlight has to be the 4-0 shutout by the Leafs here in Nashville in October, or as I like to call it, the "Reverse Everything Game". Loss instead of a win, reverse free donut shutout, reverse 4 goals and a Frosty, even a reverse Goo-Goo Goal (or 1 day gym membership, whatever). Bizarre.

Reasons to Boo the Leafs

  • I have to admit, I have trouble getting too angry at these Canadian teams. They ARE all itching to move your team (and others like it) to Hamilton or Greater Sudbury or Thunder Bay, so I guess there's that.

Thursday November 20th Nashville @ Ottawa

2014-15 Record Against: 1-0-0

Wrapping our first season series in mid-November. As you may recall, the Senators were kind enough to give us a win on opening night, for which we are forever grateful. We also got to see David Legwand head to the wrong box on a penalty, which was all kinds of awesome.

Reasons to Boo the Senators

Saturday, November 22nd Florida @ Nashville

2013-14 Record Against: 1-0-1

Yay! Another no TV game! As if you needed a reason to get to the arena on a Saturday night anyway. The Preds got 3 of 4 points against the Panthers last year, including a 4-3 win here in Nashville in October. I remember that game because it was the first time in a while I'd actually had fun at the arena...bit of a back and forth game, 7 goals scored, a win and a free Frosty. The feeling wouldn't last.

Reasons to Boo the Panthers

Predictions

Jon: 2-1-0. The Panthers are actually playing really decent hockey, but are just on the unlucky end of the final score. I have a feeling that Preds handle both Canadian teams, but somehow fall to the Kitties.

Jason: 3-0-0. Because why not? All these games are winnable, so let's start expecting excellence.