By Jas Faulkner, Nashville Correspondent
Sweet lord, it’s November. I think it’s actually week five; but really, who is counting (or at this point, even reading)? For those of you who are new to Predsnation, November is often the cruelest month. Things that have been gloriously right with the team since September will suddenly upend, throwing everyone on board ass over teakettle and the more hysterical denizens will begin screaming for severed noggins from the Predators’ camp.
This always lasts until December, when people suddenly remember how good the goalies, Sullivan, Hornqvist, and the rest of the team are. Tootoo and/or Belak will either beat up someone everyone hates or get beaten up so that we have a new player to root for gettin’ a whuppin’ later on.¹ Everyone will do some charity work. Dumont will kiss a puppy.
In other words, if you’re reading this and you have called for anyone’s firing in the last week or so, it’s time for some introspection. It is time, my Little Ones, to get in touch with your higher self and say, “Self? Is this what Oprah would do? Is this what Dan Ho would do? Would the Dalai Lama be so put out that he would demand the dismantling of the team?” I think not.
This digest is going to be short and sweet. It’s my way of saying, “It’s done. Get over it. Lets move on to the rest of the season.”
What the PHX?
Nashville at Phoenix November 3rd, 2010
The Desert Dogs came at them pretty much relentlessly form the get-go, led by Coyotes D-Guy Jovanovsky. The end result was not pretty with the ‘Yotes besting the Preds four to three. Jovo ended up getting a hat trick while Nashville chalked up the loss and prepared to meet royalty in the Glitz Capital of the Western World.
We Loathe LA (We Loathe It!)
Nashville at Los Angeles November 6th, 2010
Shane O’Brien snagged Nashville’s single goal on Saturday as the Kings had an old home night of sorts in honor of Ryan Smyth’s thousandth game. While congratualtions were in order for Smyth, the Predators were left with little to cheer about. The score by the final buzzer? Kings 4, Preds, 1. Ouch.
What A Bunch of Ducks…
Nashville at Anaheim November 7th, 2010
The Predators managed to answer every fowl goal with a netter of their own, but time was not on their side as Paul Mara slammed the puck past Anders Lindback with 1.7 seconds on the clock. Cal O’Reilly and Cody Franson both had a good night in spite of the outcome. Hornqvist and Sullivan were…Hornqvist and Sullivan, steadfast, dependable and out there to win it. This close shave eneded with Anaheim squeaking by at 5 to Nashville’s 4 goals.
Next week Nashville pays a visit to St. Louis to take on the Blues on their home ice and Saturday Night’s all right for fighting as the Blackhawks come to town.
This is Jas Faulkner, who wants everyone to remember that it’s just November and this is a very typical season. This is Nashville, and we stand by our teams here. I’ll see you at the ‘Plex and the ‘Stone and online at Facebook and Twitter.
¹I’m not much for hockey hate, but I do have a short list of people I would love to see smacked around by bigger, meaner players on a regular basis: Todd Bertuzzi, Matt Cooke and Derek Boogaard. Other than that…Me and the NHL? We cool.