The sky is not falling. I repeat, THE. SKY. IS. NOT. FALLING. It's just raining a little harder right now. All of the injuries are piling up and the holes in the roster are finally starting to show. This was the first game where the forward lines were jumbled for most of the game...and we all know that Coach Trotz starts up those shenanigans when things go awry. I wouldn't call this one of Pekka Rinne's finest games either. Not that every goal was a direct result of his missteps but he was definitely not on top of his play tonight. I was also hoping we'd see more of Linus Klasen than we did, especially considering his offensive power in the AHL as of late. The Swede only got 8 shifts of ice time in; I assume because Trotz decided to stick with the guys he was more familiar with once Detroit started rolling. And boy did Detroit start rolling...right over everything. The Red Wings figured out how to take advantage of every weakness the Predators were showing. The maturity of Detroit and their solid team play is always something the Nashville team has to overcome. Tonight, unfortunately, Detroit was able to get the better of them.
With four more road games over the next two weeks, the guys will have a lot of time to regroup, get healthy and get closer as a team. Every year, the boys look forward to opportunities to come together as a team and the road usually serves as a good place to do that. The West Coast road trip, starting with Phoenix on Wednesday should help seal their bond. It better, anyway. I'm ready to start celebrating wins again.