The Weak In Review
The Stanley Cup Final did not get through one period before the series was besmirched by a really terrible challenge review and reversed call.
The disallowed goal: “Don’t worry Penguins; I’m here to save you.”
It may be hard to argue that the outcome of Game 1 would be any different without P.K. Subban’s would-be goal being overturned after Pittsburgh’s challenge, but we’ll never know for sure–and that’s a really bad look considering that Nashville is already a decided underdog in this series. Continue reading The Weak In Review
Preds fans had to wait until overtime to see their team take Game 1 on Friday night. No problem, really–they should be used to the waiting by now.
Good times keep coming for the Nashville Predators; maybe another team can learn something from them?
Not only did Nashville wait until OT against the Ducks, and the playoffs in general, to turn it on and start taking it out on other teams, but they’ve been running a slow burn towards success for years now. Though they may be a surprise team this postseason, you can’t say you didn’t see them coming, because The DFR made note of their development a couple of years ago–back when the idea of the Predators in the Conference Final seemed a tad premature.
Have you been feeling unsettled, confused, and discombobulated lately? If so, you’re certainly not alone. There’s so much weirdness going on in the world these days: missiles in North Korea…madness in Syria…passengers being dragged off planes by United Airlines…the on-going antics of the “Commander-in-Cheeto”…hell, even Twin Peaks is coming back, because apparently the world just isn’t weird enough these days. It’s all a ball of confusion for sure.
The Pittsburgh Penguins: The only sure thing skating around with the Puck of Confusion?
You don’t even get to escape the confusion if you flatten out that ball into a disc-shaped piece of hard, vulcanized rubber and turn your attention to the Stanley Cup playoffs–because that hasn’t exactly been a model of things going according to plan, either.
The Nashville Predators have the best record in the NHL–at least for the moment. The team that is the usual answer to the usual questions–“The Nashville What?”; “The What Predators?”; “The Who What?”–is in first place, and it’s no quirk produced by cheap overtime losses. They’re leading the league in points and they’re tied for most wins (with the Islanders, another surprise team, who stopped Nashville’s winning streak this evening). And the Preds should get fat again with nothing but dregs and relative pushovers coming up next on the schedule (Flyers, Sabres, Avalanche and Wild, in that order). Will they be able to ride Rinne and carry this exceptional performance all the way through to the Cup? Will we see another non-hockey hotbed produce a champion á la Tampa Bay and Carolina around a decade ago? The jury’s still out as of now, but Nashville could inject some much needed interest into what has otherwise been an uninteresting season.