In our 49th show, we celebrated out one year anniversary of POTG Radio last night. It was a very laid back affair with a few clips and call ins by special friends of the show, Mark Willoughby of The View From 111 and Chris Wassel of The Program.
Mark did an unexpected reverse interview with Jackson and me and declared that our archive with Michell Kenneth, Nick Giglia, and the Psycho Puck Lady was the highlight of our first year.
We touched on several topics with Chris including the World Juniors, the Olympics, the state of Russian hockey and of course a bitch session about this year's schedule.
Check out the podcast of the show here.
In Predator Nation...
John Glennon was at practice yesterday and has the updates on injuries and goalies for the Preds. The rotation will continue with Ellis in goal tonight and none of the injured players will return during the current home stand. John also has a top ten reasons why the Preds have had first half success. He also has the game at a glance for tonight's Calgary- Nashville match.
Forechecker has the Ryan Suter interview from the Thom Abraham show on Monday. Ryan had a busy day as he and Shea Weber were both on NHL line on Monday too.
Chris Burton looks at potential First Half MVPs for the Preds at On the Forecheck. Check it out and cast your vote.
Section 303 has a great story on John Cartwright and his new wife Jamie's honeymoon to the Winter Classic. It's fun to hear their impressions of the event first hand after watching it on the tube.
Preds101 has a new analysis on crisp passing leading to a goal. He also gives reasons for Barry Trotz's longevity as coach as others around him fall by the wayside.
Rachel checks in with an update at What The Puck.
Predators.com has their weekly look at the Admirals.
With new travel restrictions the Flames may not be as happy as usual when they got to Nashville. Here is another game at a glance from the Calgary Sun. There is also news that Dion Phaneuf will return tonight after missing Sunday's practice.
At The World Juniors...
The World Juniors close out tonight at 7 p.m. CST on the NHL Network when Team USA has a rematch with Team Canada. Their meeting in the round robin on New Year's Eve was an incredible game that will be talked about for years. It will be interesting to see how both teams react in their meeting tonight with gold on the line.
The Bronze Medal game game between Switzerland and Sweden will be at 3 p.m. CST, also on the NHL Network in the US.
As we head into the final game of the World Junior Championship tonight, Russ Cohen, our guest on POTG Radio on 12/21 who did our World Junior Preview Show, takes a look back at his pre-tourney picks. He chose USA and Canada in the finals, and Canada to win it all. Will he be right?
In Monday's action, Finland beat Russia 4-3 to take fifth place. The Czech Republic beat Slovakia 5-2 for 7th place and in a battle of the relegated teams Latvia took ninth place with a 6-4 win over Austria.
Around the NHL...
Winter Classic ratings down slightly which is not surprising considering the 2-1 game which is less appealing to the non-hockey fan. Puck Daddy gives five reasons not to sweat it.
Steve Lapore at Puck The Media has his review of the NBC's Winter Classic coverage.
Ted Leonsis was on XM 204 NHL Home Ice on Monday and mentioned that the great movie "Pond Hockey" was now up for free viewing on his Snag Films web site. If you missed it on NHL Network last week and want to see it go here.
In the story that won't go away, the Alberta government will probe the incident at the Calgary restaurant where the Edmonton Oilers had the dispute over their bar bill.
Finally, will The South Butt overtake The North Face?
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass