Tonight we return with another edition of POTG at our regular time slot of 7:00 CDT.
We have a guest with a unique story. Chris Hayes is a guy that was never much of a hockey fan and was struck that the action in the Predators-Blackhawks game 5 when the Hawks came from behind to tie and then win in overtime.
After getting hooked on Hockey, he decided to set out on a year long journey to become the most knowledgeable fan and even learn to play. He started a site called Freddy Charles to document the trip.
Tonight we will talk to Chris and hear his story. Please join us on BlogTalkRadio at the following link or on iTunes.
Weekend's Playoff Action...
The Sharks were the first team to claim a spot in the Conference finals when they finished off Detroit 2-1 on Saturday night to claim the series by and unexpected 4-1 margin. Ryan Porth drives the nail in the Wings coffin in a post claiming that they are no longer "Detroit".
It was a tale of two different games in the Chicago-Vancouver series with the Blackhawks dominating Vancouver 7-4 on Friday night on the strength of Jonathan Toews' hat trick (and 2 assists) in a game that wasn't as close as the score. Last night with a chance to end the series, Chicago laid an egg on home ice as they lost 4-1.
Also on Friday, Philadelphia took Boston to overtime and won 5-4 avoiding the sweep and sending the series back to Boston where the Bruins can clinch on home ice. Simon Gagne was the hero, scoring 14:30 into overtime in a very dramatic finish.
On Saturday, the early game featured an outstanding performance in goal by Marc-Andre Fleury as Pittsburgh beat Montreal 2-1 in a game that went down to the wire. Hal Gill left with a cut to the leg which will be a big blow for the Habs chances if he is unable to return.
Philadelphia travels to Boston tonight trailing 3-1 and hope to stay alive to bring the game back to Philadelphia. The Bruins are ready to end the series and move forward to the finals and hope to end it in front of the home crowd. The game will only be on NHL Center Ice (6:00 CDT) outside of the local markets.
The Versus game will feature Pittsburgh returning to Montreal in hopes of avoiding a game seven. The Pens lead 3-2 and really would like to end it tonight. The Habs will be tough to beat in front of a lively home crowd.
Jim Diamond has a good wrap up of the weekend's action involving Predator players competing in the Worlds at the Examiner.
In the attendance record setting opener on Friday, the host German team beat Team USA 2-1 to send the massive home crowd in excess of 77,000 home with plenty to celebrate.
On Saturday, Canada beat Italy 5-1, Finland (with Pekka in goal) lost 4-1 to Denmark in a big upset, and Switzerland beat Latvia in a game where Roman Josi scored a goal.
The only Predator seeing action on Sunday was Denis Grebeshkov who's Russian team beat Slovakia 3-1.
The USA returns to action against Denmark this morning and Switzerland plays Italy, Germany plays Finland and Latvia plays Canada later in the day.
In Pred Nation...
As Admirals Short Shifts head into the sunset, they look back at a April Fool's post from 2009.
Jas Faulkner looks back over the end of the Pred's season and the events of the flood.
Around the NHL...
The latest thoughts on Ice Edge's chance to keep the Yotes in Phoenix is listed at 50-50 in this piece.
Aaron Portzine looks at the search for a new coach in Columbus.
Cap Geek has the top 200 bargain players.
A rare dissenting view from a Canadian on moving the Yotes back to Winnipeg comes from Launy at Hockey54. The economics don't sound good.
Who says there is no interest in hockey in the desert? There is an online magazine called Arizona Rubber. Check it out.
Our good friend Chris Wassel of The Program has added the Devils beat at the Examiner to his many duties. Congrats to Chris. His first post is on potential coaching candidates.
Intent to Blow has information about Dan Carcillo's grand finale.
VFMS has a comparison of Pavelski and Lebowski. Maybe Joe will attend the Lebowski-fest this year.
The One Percentile podcast is Back with Mick Kern and Eric Gage.
Patten Fuqua of Section 303, who started the "We Are Nashville" craze appeared on WZTV on Friday and this morning, the Tennessean has about about the explosion of T-shirt sales.
Section 303 had a special flood edition of the 303:30.
Steve Sullivan was on the WKRN flood relief telethon on Friday.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass