How should the Predators Solve their Early Season Struggles

Before we get into solutions first we need to pin down what is going wrong with the Predators. I believe there are three things that have to improve for the Predators to get back their winning ways. Problem One is the Third line defense; they have been atrocious this year having an overall plus-minus of Minus 6. The obvious weak links on Defense are Matt Irwin and Yannick Weber, Irwin has a team-worst plus-minus at -5  and has 1 assist in eight games played and Weber has a plus-minus of -1 and has not recorded a single point in 13 games this season. I think there a few solutions for this problem; Either call up Steven Saniti who has the Second best Plus Minus in the whole AHL this season or go out and trade for or sign a solid third line Defensiveman who has a proven record and a good plus-minus. All that matters for the Preds third line is the plus-minus stat, the third line pair is not there to create offense, they are just there to prevent the other team from scoring while giving the first and second pair a rest.

Solutions For Third line Defense:

  1. Call up Steven Santini: Santini has the best Plus-minus on the Milwaukee admirals this season and the second-best +/- in all of the AHL. Santini (who was brought over in the PK Subban Trade) has NHL experience, the 24 year old has already played 114 NHL games and 21 total points in those games. Santini would bring more speed and youth to the Defensive group that desperately needs a facelift.
  2. Sign Free Agent Dion Phaneuf: The Three-time NHL All-Star is currently a Free Agent waiting to get a chance with a team just like the Nashville Predators. Phaneuf has had an illustrious NHL career, the 34 year old is a very solid player and still has gas left in the tank. NHL.com has Dion as the best  Free Agent Defenseman still available to be signed saying “He’s not the offensive threat he once was but could provide veteran leadership in a lower-pair role.”
  3. Trade for Ethan Prow: Ethan was a Hobey Baker Finalist back in 2016, and was an NCAA All-Star was also named NCAA (NCHC) Best Offensive and Defensive Defenceman. Prow was named an AHL All-Star last season and had a plus-minus of 26 last season.  Prow is a very active in the offensive zone averaging a half a point per game in the AHL (18 Goals and 35 Assist last season). Prow has always had a very good plus-minus, his overall +/- during his NCAA Career was +51. It Shouldn’t take much to trade for Prow, so if this experiment doesn’t work out just send him back down to the AHL and work with what we have already.

 

Problem number two; the Predators are having a lack of Productivity from players who should be producing points very often. Mikael Granlund, Craig Smith, and Kyle Turris are the three players that come to mind when you talk about a lack of productivity. Those three-players combined have just 21 points in the first 19 Games. Granlund who was poised to have a breakout year in his first full year with the Predators has looked sluggish and out of position most of the time he is on the ice and has just 6 points this season with a plus-minus of -3. Craig Smith has been fairly quiet this season, he has also looked slow this season and seems to have been forgotten about the last 15 or so games. Smith only has 6 points this season but does have a positive plus-minus of +5. Predators fans have been waiting for Kyle Turris to break out since he got to Nashville but it just hasn’t happened yet. Turris started off the season great but has completely disappeared the past 10 games. Turris needs to get going soon if he wants to stay on the team, I think he could be a piece the Predators try to trade to bring in another defenceman to make a playoff push for this season. Turris has 9 points this season along with a negative plus-minus at -2.

 

Third and Final Problem; Goaltending: Never thought this would be a problem for the Nashville Predators, but sadly up to this point, it has been. Both Goaltenders for the Predators are under a .900  save percentage and both Goalies are allowing 3 goals per game. If the Predators are wanting to win games the Goaltenders are going to have to step up and get over a 90% save percentage. Hopefully, if the Defense steps up their game it will make it a lot easier for the Preds goalies to do their job and keep the puck out of the Net.

Whats Happening around the NFL Week 8

NFL Week 8 News:

  • Jay Ajayi is visiting with the Arizona Cardinals today. If the visit goes well, it’s been rumored a deal could get done as soon as tomorrow.
  • Mohamed Sanu is on the Trade Block. The Falcons are reportedly are open to offers for the Wide Receiver.
  • Patriots reportedly are trying to trade for OJ Howard. They have contacted Tampa Bay about his availability but were told he is not available at the moment.
  • Kareem Hunt is eligible to return for the Cleveland browns this week. They activated him to the Roster the Morning.
  • The Trade market for Emmanuel Sanders is heating up, the 49ers are reportedly looking to bring in another Wide Receiver and many insiders think they are going to aggressively pursue Emmanuel Sanders.
  • Cowboys, Falcons, Browns and Ravens might have some interest in signing Eric Berry if they feel like they are contenders and need an extra defensive back for the playoffs.

Top Performers (So Far) In the NBA Summer League:

Chris Boucher:

  • Power Forward
  • 6’10”
  • NBA G League MVP
  • NBA G League DPOTY
  • 26 Years Old

Chris has had an amazing first two games in the Summer League, Averaging 23 Points Per game, 13 rebounds per game and 1 block per game. He is currently leading all Summer League participants in Rebounds per game and has also shown his range hitting from beyond the 3 point line multiple times in the tournament already.

 

 

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

  • Shooting Gaurd
  • 6’5″
  • Third Team All-ACC
  • Drafted 17th Overall

 

In his first game, Nickeil put up some jaw-dropping numbers. In just 27 minutes he managed to put up 23 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.  I’m looking forward to watching his next game and seeing if he can replicate those numbers.

 

 

 

Terance Mann

  • Small Forward
  • 6’6″
  • Drafted 48th Overall

Through three games Mann has steadily been getting better. Through three games he is averaging 9 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal.

 

 

Quinndary Weatherspoon

  • Shooting Gaurd
  • 6’4″
  • Drafted 49th Overall
  • Arguably the best performer at the 2019 NBA Combine

 

Weatherspoon was one of my favorite players coming out of the second round this year, he is a very high percentage shooter and looked like the best player at the NBA combine this year. His first game in the Summer league, he put up 19 points, 7 rebounds 2 assist and 2 steals. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do in his next game, he might just become the steal of the draft.

 

 

 

 

NBA Finals game 5 Preview

With the News that Kevin Durant is playing this makes it a much more interesting game to predict. But the big question is will KD even play enough to impact the game? I predict the Warriors treat this a lot like Demarcus Cousins injury, Cousins first game back against Toronto he only played 9 minutes and did very little for the team overall, so going off of those numbers I say Durant gets 15 minutes tops. So is a gimpy KD playing for 15 minutes going to win the game for the warriors, I guess we’ll find out.

 

Durant Prediction:

  • Plays 15-20 Minutes
  • 15 Points
  • 4 assist
  • 2 Rebounds

 

Score Prediction:

Golden State: 130

Toronto: 135

NFL Mock Draft 1.0

  1. Cardinals: Kyler Murray QB
  2. 49’ers: Nick Bosa EDGE
  3. Jets: Josh Allen EDGE
  4. Raiders: Quinnen Williams DT
  5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Greedy Williams CB
  6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins QB
  7. Jaguars: Jonah Williams OG
  8. Lions: Deandre Baker CB
  9. Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf WR
  10. Broncos: Andre Dillard OT
  11. Bengals: Devin White LB
  12. Packers: Devin Bush LB
  13. Dolphins: Garrett Bradbury C
  14. Falcons: Jeffery Simmons DT
  15. Redskins: Drew Lock QB
  16. Carolina: Montez Sweat EDGE
  17. Browns: Jawaan James OT
  18. Vikings: Dalton Rinser OT
  19. Titans: Ed Oliver DL
  20. Steelers: Hollywood Brown
  21. Seahawks: Rashan Gary DE
  22. Ravens: Ravens Campbell WR
  23. Texans: T.J. Hockenson TE
  24. Raiders: Clelin Ferrell DE
  25. Eagles: Julian Love CB
  26. Colts: Dexter Lawrence DT
  27. Raiders: Noah Fant TE
  28. Chargers: Nasir Adderly S
  29. Chiefs: Taylor Rapp S
  30. Packers: A.J. Brown WR
  31. Rams: Erik McCoy C
  32. Patriots: Christian Wilkins DT

 

 

Super Bowl Prediction 2019

Patriots: 34

Rams: 31

 

Reluctantly, I am picking the New England Patriots to win yet another Superbowl. I honestly think the Rams are 100% capable of winning, but I have to stick with the formula that I use for most of my predictions.

In any case, I think this game will be extremely close and will be decided in the last 5 minutes or in the final possession.

Who should be the Titans Next OC?

Here are my top 6 candidates for the Titans OC Job:

 

1). Mark Helfrich- (Bears OC/Former Oregon Ducks Head Coach) The biggest reason Mark is my number one candidate is he has a history with Mariota, he knows how to get production out of him. Helfrich was the Ducks coach when Mariota won the Heisman and almost won the National Championship. He has been serving as the Bears OC for the 2018-19 season under Matt Nagy who is calling the plays for Chicago, so the Titans job would be an upgrade for Mark.

 

2).  Chip Kelly- (UCLA Head Coach/ Former Oregon Ducks Head Coach) Chip is on this list for the same reason as Helfrich, he has a history with Mariota and knows what works and what doesn’t with him. I would say getting Kelly to leave UCLA is a long shot, but you never know. I think it would be worth the risk in offering him the job if he would take it.

 

3). Pete Carmichael- (New Orleans Saints OC) Carmichael has had one of the best offenses almost every one of the 12 seasons he been in New Orleans. True he’s not calling the plays, but he is a “key part in planning and preparing the offensive attack” according to the saints website. He might be able to step in and give a spark to the dull Tennessee offense.

 

4). Todd Monken- (Former Tampa Bay Becs OC) Monken, despite having lackluster QB’s and almost no running attack was still able to produce the number 1 passing offense in the NFL this year. He is a creative playmaker who just might be able to take Mariota to the next level. The only worry with Monken is that im afraid he might not use Derrick Henry correctly and waste his amazing talent.

 

5). Joel Thomas- (New Orleans Saints Running Backs Coach) Thomas is a running back whisperer, he has had unprecedented success with his backs throughout his carer.  The success of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have been absolutely outstanding, if Thomas can bring that success to Tennessee it might be worth giving him a shot on a short term contract to see what he can do as a play caller.

 

6). Christian Taylor- (San Diego Assistant OC / QB Coach) Taylor is a long shot candidate, but he has had unmatched production out of his offense while at San Diego. This season San Diego ranked  No. 1 in Passing Efficiency in the FCS, No. 2 in Passing Offense, No. 5 in Completion %, No. 6 in TFLs Allowed, No. 7 in Sacks Allowed, No. 10 in Scoring Offense, No. 13 in Pass Yards per Completion and the No. 16 in Red Zone Offense. He knows how to coach, and if given the opportunity, I think he just might surprise a few people.