After the exceptional display of true Smashville hockey Thursday night, the Predators are looking to continue their hard work with a win tonight over division rivals the Anaheim Ducks. Now, the Ducks and the Preds were not always big rivals, but after the Predators knocked the Ducks out of the first round of the playoffs, these two teams have found new life in rivalry.
The Ducks are 5-3-1 so far this season, with players such as Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, and Bobby Ryan leading the pack. Jonas Hiller, who was out due to vertigo during the playoffs, is back and ready in goal tonight. However, if the Predators play like they did Thursday, the Ducks will be easy shot down by Nashville.
Good news on the Preds front, Martin Erat has recovered from his “upper body” injury and is ready to hit the ice tonight. Sergei Kostitsyn, who was knocked to the ice Thursday by the Lightning’s Brett Connolly, was said to be ready for tonight, but his return has been a bit iffy today. He twisted his left leg when he fell, but Coach Barry Trotz was confident that SK74 would be ready to go tonight. We shall all see at game time.
Tonight could also be quite memorable for a certain Finnish goalie of ours (who could it possibly be?). If the Predators win tonight, Pekka will have won his 100th regular-season game. And the team can’t disappoint him, right?
Are We in Smashville or Halloweentown?
Tonight is Halloween in Smashville, which means it’s time to dress up in your best ghoulish costume to compete for some great Preds prizes. The festivities begin with a Plaza Party at 4:30 and, as you may have guessed, the fans with the best costumes will be featured on the Megatron (I prefer to say Jumbotron since Megatron sounds like a Transformer). So come on down early and show off your Halloween costumes!
The puck drops at 7PM – We hope everyone is ready for some Duck domination tonight! GO PREDS.