Team USA Captain Natalie Darwitz was a guest on Monday night's PredsOnTheGlass Radio show. In a thirty minute interview Darwitz covered a wide range of topics.
It was an interesting to hear from the captain of the women's team with the Olympics less than three weeks away. The 25 year old Darwitz discusses her ten years in the USA Developmental Program and her desire to add a gold medal to the Bronze and Silver she won in the past two Olympics.
She also discusses women's hockey in general and the struggle to find ice time for the non elite players once they graduate college. There was also a discussion about fighting in men's hockey and the NHL. She was a fun guest and we look forward to watching her in action in Vancouver.
The second half of the podcast is an interview with Eric Kent of Admiral's Short Shifts. Eric and I had an extensive discussion of the Admirals personnel and the players that have been up and down with the Predators this season. Eric is our eyes and ears in Milwaukee so it is always good to catch up with the latest information from the AHL.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon has the story about Pekka Rinne starting tonight in Columbus, a notes column that includes the injury situation and the Game at a Glance.
David Boclair has a piece about Patric Hornqvist parking himself in front of the opponent's net and being the king of the face wash as a result.
Mark at the View from 111 has an article about the critical run of games coming up and has a call to action for several players.
In a press release yesterday, the Predators indicated that their dispute with the Sommet group has been resolved with the name staying on the building for now. They will be free to seek a new sponsor. The Nashville Post adds perspective and also mentions the team's meeting yesterday with the "Gang of Three" from the Sports Council.
Dirk The Forechecker has an analysis of Jason Arnott's scoring pattern and the interview with Barry Trotz from the Thom Abraham show yesterday.
Chris Burton already has tonight's game preview up at On The Forecheck.
For those wanting a look from the other side on tonight's game, The Columbus Dispatch has the full story with a preview, probable lines and more. It does appear that Steve Mason will start in goal, pitting last year's top two rookie tenders once again.
The cat is out of the bag on the Section 303 viewing party on February 28 if the USA makes the finals. Go here for details.
The Milwaukee Admirals site has an article about Ben Guite and what he has accomplished in the classroom.
The Preds are ranked eight in this weeks Power ratings at NHL Hot Stove. They give me props for my post from last week on the Preds at the Trade Deadline.
NBC has a good story on Ryan Suter and his family's Olympic lineage.
Around the NHL...
Patrice Cormier was suspended for the rest of the season and the playoffs by the QHL. Puck Daddy looks at the suspension and whether the Devils will attempt to move him to the AHL. Here is the official release from the league.
After a look at the Western Conference yesterday, Matt Reitz looks at the biggest surprises in the East today.
Steve Lapore asks "Should the NHL Give Up on Television?" He also has news that Sunday's Pen-Flyers game tied for the highest rated Sunday broadcast since NBC took over the NHL package.
Kevin Westgarth has another installment of his blog from his life in the AHL as an enforcer. It is always and interesting perspective. There was a big deal made about the make up game in New Jersey where the teams played three days straight. It is a common occurrence in the AHL.
In the aftermath of John Tortorella's verbal sparring with Larry Brooks last week, he is still not warming up to reporters as Jon Gabrielle reports at The Hockey Writers.
Miracle on Ice Goalie Jim Craig was on XM204 Hockey this morning on Monday. Here is the audio clip.
The NHLPA has reached a tentative agreement to settle with ex-leader Paul Kelly. It's not as big as Conan's money but still big dollars.
Michele Kenneth saw the Tooth Fairy and gave it a somewhat positive review. Maybe if the rest of us that have been bashing the NHL for being involved in the project actually saw the move, it might surprise us.
Interesting question suggestions to Mirtle to ask the King's players who are visiting Toronto.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass