Saturday, April 18

Neil Parker

2015-04-18

Too many men, Shea Weber, Michael Ferland and Ryan Strome

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First, it is refreshing to successfully handicap a game slate. Daily fantasy is a grind, and when you’re on the content side of the game, it is always nice to be reminded that you’re going through the process correctly. This is especially true when the schedule demands consistent coverage. Speaking of daily hockey, Chris Wassel’s Draft Kings picks are on tap for today.

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Shea Weber left Game 2 and didn’t return, and all the Preds did was rally for four unanswered goals. While losing Weber for any prolonged period of time is detrimental to Nashville, their blue line depth can absorb such an injury as well as any team in the league.

Seth Jones is fully capable of stepping up his game, and likely begging for a chance to expand his role. Roman Josi has been a No. 1 rearguard for two years, and Mattias Ekholm is the player Twitter is currently saying Josi is.

Ekholm is a nice skater, and interestingly spent more time on the ice shorthanded than any blue liner not named Josi for the Preds Friday.

So, the muffed too many men call was clearly visible from my couch before Patrick Kane ever received the pass from Brent Seabrook. Thankfully/ hopefully, next season such gaffs will be subject to video review via a coach’s challenge.

Corey Crawford looks beaten. It would be shocking to see Scott Darling on the bench for Game 3.