Nobody picks the Preds to advance…

Head on over to the hockey fountain of knowledge that is ESPN and you’ll see that none of their experts picked the Nashville Predators to advance.

Now stroll on over to Yahoo! Sports and see how many of their four panelists picked the Preds.

And now that we’ve got your blood boiling a little, why not visit NHL.com and see how their staff predicted the fate of Music City.

Since that’s three websites worth of material, we’ll save you the math: out of 25 experts, only Brian Hunter of NHL.com picked the Preds to produce an upset over the Chicago Blackhawks.

On paper (which, I’m sure most of these “experts” are relying on), it looks like a pretty convincing outcome but when you watch the underdog play night-in and night-out like we have, it’s not out of the question that Nashville surprises… well… everyone.

(except for you Mr. Hunter)

And before you get all up in arms about how I could possibly be preaching the Preds could win when it’s on record that I picked the Blackhawks to triumph, I’ll direct your attention to the “in 7″ next to my predicted winner.

While a seven game series doesn’t guarantee that the Preds will finally win a road playoff game for the first time in franchise history, it does suggest that it’ll be a hard fought series and one that will take it’s toll on both teams. Picking a seven game series to go the distance means it’ll come down to one game, on one night, to determine who goes on and who starts booking tee times. And, as the George Mason‘s and Valparaiso‘s of the world will tell you, in single-elimination anything is possible.

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne has shown, time and time again, that he can steal games. He’s shown it when the Preds’ offense is clicking and he’s shown it when scoring is no where to be found. His first round counterpart Antti Niemi has only posted his 26-7-4 record because the Blackhawks are goal scoring machines and give him plenty of help. If Rinne can hold the fort in the early going and allow his team to get on the board first, Niemi will finally be tested under pressure.

My point is Nashville is given zero credit by the so-called experts. Heck, even Phoenix was picked to advance more often than Nashville and Phoenix hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2002! So flip on that anger switch and get angry. Use that anger to get passionate. And bring that passion to games three and four at Bridgestone Arena and let’s force the “experts” to hear our voice.

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NOTE: Jeremy was asked to contribute to viewfrommyseats.com‘s playoff preview posts on behalf of the Nashville Predators blogging community. To read his breakdown of the upcoming series, click here.

6 Comments

  1. Kim

    April 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

    It’s fairly obvious that the NHL has no respect for the Predators in the playoffs if you check out their ad spot for the Stanley Cup on their Facebook Fan Page. Don’t blink or you will miss the Preds Logo and I’m still a little fuzzy on rather the Nano second of footage that MIGHT be the Predators really IS the Predators. Preds Fans need to step up and make some noise. We need to remind the NHL that Our Team has worked just as hard as any other team to make the Playoffs and deserves just as much respect and promotion as any other team gets from the league.

    http://www.facebook.com/NHL?ref=ts#!/video/video.php?comments&v=1376113957167

  2. Amanda

    April 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Darren McCarty on Versus picked Nashville and so did Kevin Allen the USA Today hockey reporter. It ain’t much, but it is a start! Upset of the Stanley Cup playoffs so it would appear.

  3. OneTimer

    April 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

    honestly, until we win a road game, no one should be picking us, unless they are doing it only to “call” the upset if it happens. our body of work is all they have to go on. we are 6-16 in the playoffs. only home wins. i’m shocked that one guy actually picked us.

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  6. ukperry

    April 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Jim “Boomer” Gordon picked the Preds to win the series on XM’s NHL Home Ice. I have always liked him now I like him even more!