We’re rapidly approaching the halfway mark of this 2010-2011 NHL season and I’ve become increasingly concerned at the rate by which our players are getting injured. And so, since I’ve got the time, I did a bit of research in hopes of discovering why centering a Predator’s offensive has become such a major health concern. Fortunately, with very little effort, I was able to determine the exact cause for why the Preds centermen seem cursed to drop like Sean Avery during a fight.
Unsurprisingly, the source of the Predators’ plight is none other than popular Calgary Flames centerman Olli Jokinen. Now, wait, how can this be? The only Predator to play with Olli Jokinen for any period of time was Wade Belak during the 2007-2008 season after Beeler got shipped off to the Florida Panthers by the Maple Leafs in exchange for some German flaake. That’s true, but as we all well know, trying to curse Wade Belak is impossible since his tribal tattoos were clearly designed to repel the dark spirits that inhabit the Air Canada Centre. And while we me may never know if the tribal symbols would’ve guarded him from waffles we do know that Belak’s tattoo was also able to protect him from two things: scoring and Olli Jokinen.
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Anyways, once Lombardi came to Nashville the curse, which had been sinisterly incubating like Mike Milbury the day before he goes on the air with Jeremy Roenick, emerged and began to infest the team’s other centers. Since then the team hasn’t been able to ice all four of the opening day forwards since the second game of the season. Fortunately, the youthful exuberance of Nick Spaling and Jerred Smithson’s power of invisibility has kept those two safe through the first half the 10-11 season, but we must all be wary of when the curse may strike again.