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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Canucks down Preds in OT

You can't win them all, but I see some concerns emerging for the Preds after last night's loss to the Canucks. Some of these concerns have been lingering despite the recent win streak.

Vokoun is facing too many shots. He saw more than 45 last night, and though he's still playing outstanding right now, he can't expected to perform miracles and bail this team out every night. It wasn't all late in the game while holding the lead, either. The Preds were heavily outshot in the first period before they leveled things out in the second.

The Preds are surrendering late leads, too. It happened during the recent road trip, but the Preds eked out a win in New Jersey anyway. Last night, Vancouver scored with 1:40 left in the third before winning the game in overtime. On the heels of allowing two goals in the final two minutes against New Jersey Thursday night, this is a pattern. It's a bad one.

Alexander Radulov's debut, according to The Tennessean, met with mixed reviews. He didn't record a point in limited ice time, and he took a bad penalty in the third that shifted momentum. I wasn't expecting an all-star night on the very first try, though, and I am sure Radulov will settle in over the next few games.

On a positive note, Martin Erat scored again for the Preds. He's averaging a point per game so far this season and looks strong on the ice. Erat and the rest of the Preds now have until Thursday to enjoy their road trip success and recover from Saturday's defeat. They take on last years playoff foe, the San Jose Sharks, at home next.

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