The Road Trip Begins... Jackets Cloud Over Stars!!

Friday, 11.20.2009 / 3:41 PM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

November 20

Derek Dorsett was seeing stars after a vicious hit by James Neal in the second period. His teammates made the Stars pay for it with two PP goals in the assessed five minute major, to walk away with a 4-1 victory. It was a 60-minute effort by all and characteristic of a throw back game from the 1970's.

Physical play and fights on behalf of both teams was the theme for the night. The CBJ's set the tempo early and proceeded to get stronger as the game continued. Steve Mason was a star, making some key stops early in the game. Rick Nash deposited some trash for his 14th goal of the year. Kristen Huselius scored the back-breaking goal with a second to go in the first period to allow the CBJ a 2-0 lead. Since his return from a four-game hiatus with an upper body injury, "Juice" has been flying. His legs are moving and his confidence is soaring. The line of Vermette, Huselius and Nash has found some much needed chemistry at the right time. They are a pleasure to watch. With three PP goals and a shorthanded tally on the night, special teams play was the key. The PP is now clicking on 25.0% and is currently fourth(tied) in the NHL.

Watching practice at the Sommet Center today, Hitch is not letting up on the intensity. He has incorporated some tweaks to his breakout and is preparing for some quick transition. Knowing the Preds, his teachings today will definitely have a positive effect in preparing for this tilt. Between talking, drilling and more talking, the team has had a spirited workout.

Absent from the ice today is Derek Dorsett... and hot off the press is the two-game suspension of Neal... justifiably so!

Stay tuned!!!



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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