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Tonight on POTG Radio, Jackson and I will have four of our fellow bloggers for a roundtable discussion on the Predator's season. It will be interesting to see several perspectives on the just completed season.
We will have Dirk Hoag from On The Forecheck, Mark Willoughby from The View From 111, Ryan Porth from The Red Light District and Jeremy Gover from Section 303. Brandon Felder from Hockey Buzz had other obligations and will not be able to attend.
All five lines will be in use but if you have a question, tweet it to me @PredsOnTheGlass and we will put it out for discussion.
The Conference Semifinals...
San Jose jumped out to a somewhat surprising 2-0 lead over Detroit winning 4-3 last night on the strength of Joe Thornton's first playoff goal this year and the amazing play of Joe Pavelski who had two goals, one assist and eleven shots.
In the Sunday matinee, Montreal beat Pittsburgh 3-1 on the strength of Mike Cammalleri's two goals and Jaroslav Halak's outstanding 38 save performance in goal. The series is tied 1-1 and looks like it may be a long one.
On Saturday, Vancouver decimated the Blackhawks 5-1 in a game that didn't seem that close.
The storybook ending game of the second round was Philadelphia and Boston where Mark Savard scored the game winner in overtime in his first game back after being out two months with a concussion.
Boston and Philadelphia are headed to game two in their series tonight in Boston at 6:00 CDT on Versus.
Chicago will play game two at home and will come back with Antti Niemi in goal at 8:00 CDT on Versus hoping to even up the series before heading out to Vancouver.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon Discusses David Legwand's lack of goals this season. I remember David Poile saying that if he doesn't have more than 20 next season, that he will not be happy.
Jim Diamond discusses Steve Sullivan and his preparations for next season at the Examiner.
David Boclair has a piece called Skating by Faith that discusses the team's hopes for the future.
Chris Burton has an extensive look at the Jason Arnott captaincy issue that has come to a head in the last few days. Good research and comparison to other situations is included.
Wark Willoughby has his end of the year awards for the Preds. Good stuff.
Ryan Porth has joined the Inside Hockey family and has a good year end wrap up of what to look for over the summer with the Predators.
For Preds fans still upset by the hit Marion Hossa put on Dan Hamhuis check out the one from yesterday where Craig Adams hit Marc-Andre Bergeron that wasn't near as dangerous and Adams got five and game misconduct.
Dirk Hoag and John Glennon have been pursuing water bottle-gate with Colin Campbell but nothing has been said about it to this point.
Smashville Sports Potpourri has their end of season thoughts.
Short Shifts is done but not forgotten as they have the "Best of" Exclusives and their first game.
Funny post from Wade Belak's agent @benhankinson: Saw Belak on the road @ pregame meal a few yrs back and I told him I wld sneak in 4 free meal, his reply was... “Hank go grab a plate and eat in corner, no one on this team goes in corner anyway, so no one will touch you, you're safe there” Wade Belak
Around the NHL...
Matt Reitz has done yeoman's work in putting together the draft list in a sortable form for all seven rounds. The Preds are really hurting with only 2 picks before the fifth round.
The Game seven between the Caps and Habs was the best draw in the first round since 2003. In fact, the first round was the best in 10 years. The same thing happened in Canada. Imagine that!
The NHL has jumped on the bandwagon with a new "History Will Be Made" clip featuring Jaroslav Halak's first round exploits. Interesting that history is appearing two days after the event. I assume we'll see more as the playoffs continue. Here's another one with "little Joe" on the day after.
Mirtle reveals his NHL Award ballot. Also from @mirtle: Ticket prices for the NHL awards are down to $304, for those wanting to go to Vegas this year. Last year they were $500 each so this is quite a reduction.
Steve Sterling examines mental instability across the country being attributed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Blades of Funny looks at the Caps demise.
Here is another example of why NHLers are good citizens from @cbctom: Just talked to a fan who worked for a major hotel chain who says any front desk clerk would rather serve an NHLer than any other pro athlete
Odds and Ends...
Twitter is known by 87% of the US population but is only used by 7% of Americans which converts to 17 million people. This and other interesting information can be found here.
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