The Instigators: Episode Fifteen – Fisher Enough to Put Preds Over the Top?

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This week Lyndon Byers (and his highly impressive BOLD gold and black 54 regular suit) and Coach Milbury were the only instigators instigating. This may have been the only episode ever where a co-host got more words in than Coach Milbury. Can’t slow down LB when he’s on a roll!
One topic discussed was whether or not the Mike Fisher trade was enough to make the Nashville Predators a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. The Ottawa Senators began their player purge on February 10 when they shipped longtime Senator and fan favorite Fisher to Nashville for Nashville's first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 Draft. The trade allows Fisher to spend more time with his country star wife and epic babe Carrie Underwood.
No doubt the Preds played a premium and Fisher is a sizable upgrade down the middle, but Nashville just does not have the offensive punch to compete with the elite Western Conference teams. But let’s examine their positives: goaltending and defense. In Pekka Rinne and Anders Lindback, the Preds have a 1-2 goaltending punch that while not playoff proven, has the talent to take a team deep into the playoffs. Nashville’s defense is led by Wisconsin’s Ryan Suter and Nashville’s current leading point producer Shea Weber. Their numbers might not be overwhelming, but these guys control the game for Nashville. Look out for Weber’s shot from the point. Up front they do have some skill players (including Patric Hornqvist, BU National Champion Colin Wilson, and Martin Erat), but how can I take any team seriously that boasts former Montreal Canadien and giant wuss Sergei Kostitsyn as their second leading scorer. Maybe if they had a great power play the Preds would have a fighting chance in the playoffs, but with only 31 PP goals scored (good for 15.4% and 26th overall) Nashville does not score enough goals to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs. Every year we are impressed with the job Barry Trotz does behind the bench. Hopefully this will be the year he gets some serious consideration for the Jack Adams Award.

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