We bring you another Q & A with a Predators Central Division opponent, the Colorado Avalanche, with FanSided’s Mile High Sticking.
The Avalanche were one of the surprise teams last year and topped the Central Division standings when the 2013-2014 season concluded, beating out the St Louis Blues by one point. The Avalanche and first-year head coach Derek Roy were knocked out of the playoffs by the Minnesota Wild in the first-round.
In case you missed it, we discussed the Predators and the Minnesota Wild with Gone Puck Wild; getting their thoughts on the Predators outlook next season.
Q & A with Mile High Sticking:
What is your favorite Avalanche moment from last season?
There were a lot of great moments from the Colorado Avalanche season last year but Patrick Roy going crazy after game one might have been my favorite. It just showed the kind of passion Roy was going to bring behind the bench and set the tone for the entire season. Everyone expected it to be an adventure with Roy behind the bench and he didn’t disappoint in the first game of the season. Amazingly, he was quiet for the rest of the year.
What is your worst memory when playing the Predators last season?
The November 6th game. It was a great game to watch as the teams went back and forth and it ended 6-4 in favor of Nashville, but the loss denied the Avs to set the NHL record for the best 14-game start in history. Unfortunately Semyon Varlamov was off his game on this night and ended up giving up five goals on 27 shots.
Who is your favorite player to watch on the Predators?
Mike Fisher because when he does well they show more of Carrie Underwood.
Who is your least favorite player on the Predators?
Filip Forsberg because I can’t stand seeing “Forsberg”on the back of any jersey that isn’t the Avs.
If you could have one player on the Predators roster, who would it be?
Filip Forsberg so the name “Forsberg”is on the right jersey.
If that one player was rumored to be in trade talks, what would your offer be for said player?
Before the Ryan O’Reilly situation was resolved, I would’ve said that O’Reilly for Forsberg wouldn’t be a bad deal, but with things smoothed over, O’Reilly is the better player and I’d much rather have him in Colorado. The Avs have the pieces to get Forsberg, I just wouldn’t trade any of them until Forsberg proves he can consistently play at an NHL level.
What do you think about the Predators acquisition of James Neal; predictions?
I like it because the Predators are a team that needs scoring and Neal is a proven scorer. I know people are worried that Neal won’t be able to score at the same rate that he did with Pittsburgh because he won’t be playing with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but Neal put up 20+ goals on some bad Dallas Stars team. He’s good for at least 20 goals and 40 points.
How long will it take for new Head Coach Peter Laviolette to get the Predators back into the playoffs?
I like Peter Laviolette, but he definitely has some work to do. The Predators made a lot of moves in the off-season and I’m not sure how well some of them will fit in. The Preds are also in the toughest division in the NHL. The Avs, Blackhawks, Blues, Stars, and Wild didn’t exactly take a step back in the off-season. I’ll say the Preds will be back in the playoffs within four years. A healthy Pekke Rinne will certainly help their chances.
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