Looking up at the Big Leagues

Photo Courtesy of Knoxnews.com

Photo Courtesy of Knoxnews.com

We’ve got some time before the next Ads game, so let’s take a look at the guys in Nashville.

It’s been a decent start for the Preds. They’ve picked up nine points in their first eight games and are currently ranked fourth in the Central Division behind Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.

They’ve been a bit pressed in the scoring department where with just 12 goals they sit in dead last in the NHL.

To make matters worse, last season’s lead scorer Patric Hornqvist is missing the next three to four weeks with a sprained knee.

That being said, the defense and goaltending have been up to snuff surrendering just 17 goals, ranking them 4th in the NHL.

Three guys that started the season in Milwaukee have played moderate roles in the 3-2-3 start.

Ryan Ellis and Gabriel Bourque each have two points, and they’ve helped add some depth to the Preds.

Two nights ago Nashville made headlines by handing San Jose its first loss in a shootout and Jon Blum saw his first action of the season. Blum didn’t pick up any points but he was active. He spent some time in the box for an interference call and shot the puck three times in 11 minutes 29 seconds on the ice.

Questions:

So Roundtable, have you been watching any of the guys up there and if so what have you seen?

Where do you see the Preds going this year? Will Rinne, Mason and the defense be enough to get this team to the playoffs or does something have to change with the offense?

Between Ellis, Blum and Bourque which guy do you see having the biggest impact this year?

Any speculation on what they might do to replace Hornqvist for the time being? Think we could see a call up soon?

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