After being off for a couple of weeks, I felt a little rusty getting started on the POTG Radio show last night but we had a couple of great guests forced us to be on our toes and got us back in the saddle quickly.
First up we had Anthony Curatolo, one of the Hockey Guys, who primarily writes for Crash The Crease but also writes about the the Islanders, Flyers, Kings and the NHL for Hockey Independent, Hendrick's Hockey and several other sites.
The majority of the focus was on Anthony's favorite team, the Philadelphia Flyers and all the turmoil that has been going on there over the last few days with the coaching change and Daniel Carcillo's incident on Saturday. (Programming Note: I will be on Anthony's Hockey Guys show on Sunday)
Next up we had Eric Smith from BlueJacketBuzz and Fire the Cannon. Eric is always a great guest with keen insight into the Blue Jackets and the NHL in general. On the show Eric got into an excellent analysis of the Blue Jacket's recent woes and laid of lot of the blame at the feet of Steve Mason. Here is a post that Eric made after the show that is a short version of some of what Eric discussed.
In summary, this was one of the tighter shows that we have had in a while that I am sure you will enjoy hearing.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon has the story on the Predators hoping that they have found a cure for Colin Wilson's groin issues. John also has a game at a glance for tonight's game with Vancouver. At Inside Preds, John talks about the positive results of the Hornqvist benching on Saturday and Erat and Dumont changing line spots. John was busy on Monday with a few community notes as well.
David Boclair at the City Paper talks about changes that may be in store for the Pred's lineup tonight including Alexander Sulzer being recalled.
Predators.com had their weekly Admiral's update.
Dirk the Forechecker come out slinging mud this morning in an effort to overtake POTG in the second round of the Preds Blog Off at the NHL Arena. I haven't mentioned our first round victory but since he brought it up, we would appreciate your vote in the second round (in spite of the terrible accusations Dirk made about us).
The Short Shifts interview with David Poile has been posted. This is a must read.
A funny about Movember from Confessions of a Cheese Grits Fiend is a good one.
Around the NHL...
Later today Allan Walsh will do a live blog at noon Central on the Globe and Mail to talk about hockey and Twitter. Go check it out.
Ken Campbell at THN takes a look at attendance and escrow. Things are not looking good league wide and escrow was risen to 18% from last year's 12.9%.
A really good rebuttal to the renaming of the NHL Award trophies can be found at Hockey Independent. XM's War Room had a good discussion about this idiotic discussion on Monday too. Mick liked my point that if you aren't going to rename the Stanley Cup, leave them all alone.
Who better than our friend Adrian Dater to write about Darren McCarty's retirement.
On Goal Analysis has a new stat to ponder, points per shift. Interesting stuff.
It's never too early to make your #SaturdayNHLPicks on Twitter. Go here now.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass