Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
First off, a little housekeeping. There will not be a POTG Radio show tonight due to the Predators actually having a Military Monday game. We will also not have a show next Monday as I do not anticipate having stable internet or phone service while visiting Moab, Utah. It is amazing that we have not missed a week this calendar year so hopefully we will be forgiven.
POTG Radio will return in two weeks on Monday, October 26 when we will have Mark Willoughby from The View from 111 and Russ Cohen, author of 100 Ranger Greats. Russ also does the Prospects Show and Business of Hockey Show on XM204 and also runs the Sportsology media empire.
Additionally, with potential issues with the internet while traveling in remote areas next week I plan to run a series of "best of" posts from over the last year that many new readers probably have not seen before. I will also supplement with new stuff as technology allows.
Oilers vs Preds...
After a disappointing effort on Saturday night against Buffalo, the Predators hope to regroup and find some offensive punch against Edmonton tonight at the Sommet Center which will begin a tough stretch of four games in six nights.
According to John Glennon, Barry Trotz has chosen to go with Pekka Rinne in net this evening after his stellar 41 of 42 stop performance against the Sabres. Trotz will alternate net minders for the remaining three games this week.
Edmonton is coming off a 3-2 victory over Montreal at home on Saturday. This will be the first road game of the year for the Oilers who are 2-1-1 so far in the young season.
This will mark the Sommet Center debut for veteren Coach Pat Quinn as the Edmonton leader. His 659 career wins puts him in fifth place for NHL regular season wins among coaches. Quinn has won the Jack Adams Award twice, in 1979-80 with the Flyers and in 1991-92 with Vancouver.
The Predators have had success against the Oilers in recent years going 11-1 over the last three seasons and have not lost at home to the Oil since October 29, 2005. Tonight's starter, Pekka Rinne, is 3-0 lifetime against Edmonton.
Offensive deficiency has again reared it's head as chief among the Predator's issues. In three games the Preds have only scored five goals, all by the first line. The Preds power play has scored only once on seven chances.
Buffalo's shut out of Nashville on Saturday was only the third time the Preds had been shut out at home in the last 184 games dating back to January 13, 2004.
Goaltending has been solid for the Predators to this point with Rinne and Dan Ellis combining to have the league's second lowest Goals Against Average (1.67). The Preds have also excelled in the face-off circle winning 56.7% of the draws which is the second best in the league.
The Predators are not expecting any injured players to return tonight but feel that J. P. Dumont and Colin Wilson may see action at some poin this week.
After tonight's game, the Preds travel to Dallas for a game Wednesday, come home to play Chicago on Thursday, then finish the week on Saturday with a game in D.C. against the Capitals.
POTG Poll Results...
The results are in from our most recent poll question, "Which Central Division rival do you hate the most?" We could have guessed the winner in advance but the three way tie for second was a bit of a surprise. So here's the final tally, Detroit 55%, Chicago 15%, Columbus 15%, and St.Louis 15%.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon has more on the odd procedure that Colin Wilson has taken to try to get back on the ice.
David Boclair has an update on J.P. Dumont's condition.
Jim Diamond also has his regular prospect update feature.
In addition to our recap, postmortems from Saturday come from Forechecker who does his inside the numbers piece (and warns folks with weak constitutions not to look) Jim Diamond, Brandon Felder, Section 303, Mark Willoughby, RedLightDistrict, Rachel, SeePuckCity, and Fan Huddle. Pred fans are really blessed to have such a cross section of writers and views to fill their need for Pred news.
Mark at The View from 111 has a good synopsis of how the Predators work to build a team. Folks in major markets that see their teams spend to the cap don't understand how the Preds do the same thing year after year with much less money.
Here something a little different that will further make the "traditional market" snobs make jokes about us. The Predators will announce on Tuesday that they are teaming up with the NASCAR Nationwide Series in a marketing deal.
High school hockey teams are playing a series of games at the Sommet Center this season. Jackson and I watched a little of the first game after the Pred's game on Saturday.
Adrian Dater totally lost his mind on this post reminiscent of ones that were common two or three years ago. It is unbelievable that in this economy that he singled out Nashville for this attack that could have been leveled at any number of NHL teams that are struggling with the economy in general.
Eric Kent tackles the mysteries of the waiver wire at Ads Shorts Shifts.
Preds Fan Rebecca from Memphis is the Hendricks Hockey Girl of the week.
Around the NHL...
Matt at View From My Seats has the first article in a week long series of articles on the relationship of social/new media and hockey. Today's lead off man is Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski. I was honored to be involved along side some really impressive folks that have far more notoriety than me. My epistle will be up on Thursday.
The LA Kings have launched a new fan initiative, Hockeywood LA that brings Blogs and fans closer to the team. This is similar to things that the Caps and Islanders have done in the past few years. Friends of POTG Matt Reitz and Connie Kim are already contributing.
Will Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby peak out in their early 20's like others have? Brian Costello has the story.
For all those folks in Canada that feel defeated because the Coyotes did not move to Hamilton, The Spec reminds everyone that there is still plenty of hockey in Hamilton, AHL style.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass