Doesn't hurt to have the Western Divisional Leaders as your hometown team either.
The Preds continue today on their road to the playoffs. My blood pressure would like to see a blowout, mainly because they are coming off an exhausting fourth consecutive overtime game, but this team has been a lot of fun to watch recently. The Forsberg/Erat/Kariya line is putting the fear in defenses that I haven't seen this team do before, and Legwand has been playing out of his mind. He had a backhanded goal in the second period of last Saturdays Red Wings game that pretty much saved the game from getting ugly fast. Vokoun and Mason are at the top of their game, and the addition of Vishnevski has helped Weber on defense tremendously. We will need Sullivan and Hartnell healthy before the playoffs but it's not like they start tomorrow.
Todays feast consists of Tmans Ribs, Lobster claws, Sauteed Spinach, Garlic Mashed potatoes, Bratwurst, Biscuits, and generous amounts of Guiness. We've been working to perfect the rib recipe and I think we nailed it this time. The marinade started thursday, then a five hour stint in the dry rub last night, and then in the smoker at midnight. We took them out around one this afternoon and the texture is perfect. We tried one rack unwrapped and smothered in Tubbs BBQ sauce, and the other was removed from the rub and then wrapped again in BBQ sauce and foil. The extra prep and smoking time has really made the difference with this batch.
I'll update a picture soon, GO PREDS!!!
Update: Success...the ribs in the foil were better, and both racks were falling-off-the-bone tender, I think we've got this rib thing down..