Just got back. Tired and can't be bothered with too much coherence.
- Pavelec. He's good. I can get behind him.
- Kovalchuk circling the net and then dishing the puck to Nik Antropov for a hellacious goal was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. More beautiful than Botticelli's Primavera and Rilke's Duino Elegies put together.
- How about that Josh Gratton? Chris Thorburn's old job? Hm? Hmmm?
- Pavel Kubina. I still think this guy is ultra-solid. Possibly my favorite human out there so far. He's always on the right side of a play, and he rarely makes stupid mistakes. And he's a good all-around defenseman: he can block, he can get physical, he can pass, he can shoot and score, etc. And he went appropriately batshit when some joke tripped Kovy and took an honorable roughing penalty.
- I'm sorry Boris groupies, but Valabik is a miserable defenseman. He can't pass, he can't defend, and uh, that's enough reason to send him elsewhere. More than one goal against the Thrashers tonight had to do primarily with Boris, including at least one of the Preds' late ones. I'm sorry folks, the guy just isn't very good.
- Now Mark Popovic on the other hand, THAT'S a strong defenseman.
- Nathan Oystrick was a million times more physical than Valabik tonight.
- Therefore: our bottom pairing should be Salmela-Popovic, with Oystrick as the 7th man.
- Toby Enstrom and Rich Peverley both had a GREAT game tonight.
- Evander Kane had some good moments (throwing Preds into the boards, knocking dudes off the puck despite him clearly weighing less), and he made some expected rookie mistakes. At this point I'm agnostic about whether or not to give him an immediate place in the line-up...
- Maxim Afinogenov had one absolutely thrilling, lift-you-out-of-your-seat moment (a breakaway of some sort). He's super-fast, and while he wasn't extra-impressive tonight, I can imagine him doing damage alongside Peverley.
- Peverley: good at face-offs.
- Antropov: awesome in almost every way but face-offs. BUT he's improving.
- Little is still scoring those goals, as you probably heard.
- Zach Bogosian is God. And I don't want him and Enstrom split up under any circumstances.
- Joey Crabb can still inspire Razor's timeless Crab Dance.
Insane fun hanging with Daculafan, Rawhide, R. Stroz, and Chronicle commenter Speaker of Truth. One day there will be a Safety Dance vs. Crab Dance dance-off.