It is almost inevitable that it happens like this every season. The Predators get stuck in a losing streak and start a panic among their fan base. No player (or coach, for that matter) is safe from the scrutiny heaped upon them by the masses. The defense is slacking here. The goaltender drops too fast there. The offense isn't generating enough chances. The blame game is never ending. However, just as sure as there will be a losing streak each season; there is always a game to end that streak, giving the fans a breather and injecting a little life back into their hearts.
By no means do I think that the Predators were able to completely erase the memory of their previous five games with tonight's win. There were still a lot of things about the game they played tonight that need to be addressed and corrected. It will definitely take more than one win to get this team back on the track they were on in early October. It wouldn't hurt to have Martin Erat, Ryan Suter and Matthew Lombardi back in the lineup either. I can't minimize the victory though. A win is a win is an it's-about-freaking-time win. The team needed this heading into Saturday's game (and at home!!) against Chicago. Having the crowd behind you and not frustrated will serve them well.
So if you need something to do Saturday night, might I suggest heading down to the Bridgestone Arena to watch the Predators take on the Blackhawks for the second time this season. It will be the first home game in over two weeks and the last one for another week and a half, as the guys hit the road AGAIN for another four game stretch before Thanksgiving. Basically, what I'm saying is that you need to be there Saturday. Get your game face on and bring the noise to Broadway.