Preds roll into Colorado today for the second matchup of five. The first one not in the Preds favor but this could ignite a flame that Nashville has been seeking for 18 years. Poile dropped the hammer, pulled the trigger (whatever you want to call it) on a trade that could hopefully make history for the Preds. Ryan Johansen looks to be skating in the top line with Neal and Wilson (Wilson-Johansen-Neal).
Look out for #92 in the white, gold and blue away uniform, standing at 6'3" 218 pounds. 23 year old Ryan Johansen will look to add consistency in Nashville's scoring slump. Johansen has 6 goals and 26 points so far for the season while he was with the Blue Jackets.
For myself and as a Preds fan I think we have to remember that results could take some time, but for Nashville's sake I hope I'm wrong. We have to allow time for Johansen to find his place with our hockey club and allow time for the chemistry to brew. I don't believe we will see a drastic overnight change in results but over the course of the month and as Johansen gets more and more ice time with the Preds, I do believe he will start to shine and fill the gaps Nashville has been lacking.
Bitetto shall see plenty of ice time as well since Oct. 20th (78 Days) and will be expected to fill the shoes of former Preds Defenseman Seth Jones. Bitetto was a 6th round pick in the 2010 draft and Preds fans know him well.
I think you will see a motivated Nashville hockey club tonight, looking to make up for lost time in the recent slumps and inconsistencies. There will be a fire under them tonight and I expect all lines to shine bright tonight.
My prediction is a 4-2 win tonight against the Avalanche.
Happy Game Day Smashville and GO PREDS!
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