The Nashville Predators moved closer to a playoff berth last night with their 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix. Before the game started, I said that it would be great if the Preds won in overtime so that the Coyotes would still get a point.
It was the first time in history that I actually wanted to see a three point game because we have been pulling for the Yotes to do well. When the Preds were up 3-1 well into the third, I never imagined that overtime was a possibility, but you never know.
With the win and the Calgary loss to the Islanders, the Preds are back up to a 99% chance of a playoff position. Barry Trotz repeated his prediction that it will take 97 points to make the playoffs. Calgary would have to go 7-1 to get to that level so Barry may be shooting high since that seems unlikely.
Saturday's game with the Red Wings will be another big test for the Predators as it will directly affect the standings with a possible four point swing if it ends in regulation.
The Preds went into Detroit three weeks ago and failed miserably with a weak effort. Hopefully, we will see a better effort at home tomorrow night.
We'd like to give a special thanks to Mark Willoughby for inviting us down to his palatial lower bowl seats for last night's game. It was good to see the game from a different angle and enjoy the company of Mark and his lovely wife.
Predators - Coyotes Wrap-Up
Here is our story and interviews from last night.
John Glennon has the game story, notes column and postgame ponderings.
Jim Diamond has his game story at the Examiner.
David Boclair reports from the City Paper.
In the blogs there are posts from Forechecker, Brandon Felder, View from 111, and See Puck City.
The other side of the story comes from the Arizona Republic, Five for Howling, the Phoenix Examiner and The Coyotes Aggregator.
In Pred Nation...
Three Predator prospects received high honors from the OHL for their play this season.
David Poile gave high praise to the Coyotes yesterday at Inside Predators.
The Admirals got beat by the last place Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 last night.
Mark Willoughby has his weekly View column.
Around the NHL...
After all the posturing, the "head shot" rule was approved yesterday by the NHLPA and was in effect for last night's games.
A shocker last night was the Blue Jacket's 8-3 blow out of the Blackhawks. Even more shocking was how Joel Quenneville handled Christobal Huet. The Hockey Writeres have the story.
For updates on the NCAA Hockey Tournament this weekend, Inside College Hockey has wall to wall coverage.
Hockey's Future finishes their top 50 prospect list with the top 10. They also have their results on their poll of who will win the Calder Trophy. Finally,they have a preview of prospects playing in the NCAA tournament.
Matt Reitz has an interesting view of different fan perspectives.
Puck the Media has a guest post with a review of the NHL 3D game in New York. Here's another side of the story from Intent to Blow.
From @BenThrashers: Wayne Gretzky radio interview on CBC... from 1974. He was 13.
Odds and Ends...
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Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass