I want to give a Thanksgiving shout out a day early since our readership is much higher during the week than on the weekends and holidays.
I did not want to miss the opportunity to express my thanks to all our readers and Twitter and Facebook followers who make what we do worth every bit of effort that it takes to produce POTG on a daily basis.
I hope each of you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a fun and safe holiday weekend. Blessings on each of you and may your days and nights be filled with hockey.
Shameless Self Promotion...
Steve Lepore who is the preeminent NHL media watcher and commentator at Puck The Media made his list of best blogs team by team for all NHL teams. We were honored to be the Predators rep on the list. It is an interesting list that is worth a look. Thanks, Steve. The check is in the mail.
Also, Hockey54.com, which we are a part of from afar, is throwing another big party on Thursday December 10 in Toronto. If you live in the GTA, plan on attending.
In Pred Nation...
Bryan Mullen piece today is about the Predators locking down leads. He also has a notes column and a game at a glance.
Jim Diamond thinks tonight's road game will be a good change of pace for the Preds.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post is back on Twitter and will have updates on tonight's game with the Avs all day at All things Avs. We do know that Adam Foote will return and that Craig Anderson will be in goal.
Ads Short Shifts has the story of last night's 2-1 victory over San Antonio. Alexander Sulzer was plus one with a couple of PIMs while Colin Wilson had all zeros on the score sheet.
Jeremy at Section 303 has an interesting thought on the Preds trading for Bobby Ryan. I don't see it happening unless they want to get Erat to waive his no movement clause and trade straight up.
Dan Hamhuis has his thoughts on the current streak and a little about ping pong at Inside Predators.
The Preds put out an official release on the third jersey debut on Friday.
Forechecker has an interesting post about Brett Wilson and his interest in purchasing a stake in the Preds. He also has shopping suggestions.
More on the mustache movement on the Preds is found at Predators.com.
For all those who voted on the Preds-Sens game for a Thanksgiving day replay, the game will be shown on the NHL Network at 11:00 Central.
Puck the Media challenges Versus for their choice of the Pred-Wings game on a night that the Titans were playing. I personally had more of an issue with the early start that killed the crowd.
There is an Internet page and a Facebook page about Pekka that denies any affiliation with him. I have been in contact with the creator and she has agreed to appear on POTG Radio in December to talk about the page.
It appears that the Blues are celebrating Thanksgiving in Nashville per @DP_57: "Leaving for the airport in a bit. Dallas then Thanks giving dinner in Nashville with the boys , let's get 2 Ws and a few ginos."
Around the NHL...
The AHL is jumping on the outdoor game bandwagon with the Mirabito Outdoor Classic on February 20, 2010, at the New York State Fairgrounds which will pit the Syracuse Crunch versus the Binghamton Senators. This will be right in the middle of the Olympic break so it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the inte
The long awaited Puck Daddy list of the ten best player of the decade has been released. I'd like to see the ones that just missed for comparison purposes.
It seems like the Preds are starting to play teams the game after media attention for dirty hits. Here is Daniel Briere's hit on Scott Hannan on Monday night. Should there be a different "leaving their feet" rule for short players. Briere got two games from the league.
Matt at View from My Seats has a humorous look at John Tavares day in Toronto on Monday.
The Hockey News has a top 10 of one year deals under $3 million. Anyone looking to sign these folks after the season?
Ryan at the RLD also has a top five of off season bargains.
What about the top five injury stricken teams this year from Hockey Insights.
More Islanders/Long Island political explanations from B D Gallof at the Huffington Post.
Red ink in the desert from @walsha: "Report: Court documents in Phx Coyotes case indicate they lost $5 Mil in October and could lose as much as $50 Mil this season."
John Buccigross has an incredibly thoughtful article about Brian Burke's son, Brendan. It is a very well written account of a tough situation for many to discuss. It is a must read for all, not just hockey fans.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass