Happy 16th Birthday to POTG co-founder Jackson Oakes!
Predator fans watched a line-up, that was close to what they will see on opening night, seem fairly comfortable in beating the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 on Monday night. That was the final time that the Preds will be seen at home in the preseason.
If you look at the lineup that was on the ice, remove Cal O'Reilly and Jamie Lunmark, and insert Marcel Goc, J.P. Dumont and possibly Nick Spaling, and that would be the best projection of the 18 men to skate on opening night at this time.
There are still close races for slots 21 to 23 and the second goalie position, but with the above exceptions, the players on the ice last night were a near glimpse of what we will see this season.
Here is our story from last night with a a postgame video of Barry Trotz who was as jovial as I have ever seen him. He said several things that were hilarious right from the start.
Josh Cooper had his game report and Postgame Ponderings. Josh shared a notes column with Bryan Mullen.
Jim Diamond has his posting on the game at the Examiner as does David Boclair at The City Paper.
Jay Levin had his story for the Predators site.
From the blog world comes stories from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Brandon Felder, Section 303, On The Forecheck, and Hockey Night in Nashville.
In Pred Nation...
Ryan Porth has a feature story on something that has gone under-reported. The Arena dressing room area is a long way from being completed and has affected operations in the preseason.
David Boclair looks at the Predators payroll as it approaches $50 million.
Josh Cooper talked about the goaltender battle with David Poile who may have news later this week on who may survive. It sounds like they are staying in house.
TSN has a laundry list of players placed on waivers and includes Predator campers Teemu Laasko and Andreas Thuresson. Former Preds Nolan Yonkman, Hugh Jessiman and Triston Grant
Forechecker pointed us to the details of the Nashville Sports Council's 12th Annual Predators Faceoff Luncheon.
Around the NHL...
Today's RLD Hockey Talk at Noon ET will feature @CraigCustance & @cmasisak22 as they preview the Central & Southeast, respectively.
From @BComptonNHL: Kirill Kabanov has been returned to Moncton. I guess the Isles have bigger things to worry about other than punishing Kabanov for being late with Mark Streit out indefinitely. I hope he gets his act together because he is an entertainer if nothing else.
Michael Schuerlein has the story of Jed Ortmeyer getting a tryout from the Islanders. Good to see it.
Michael Leighton looks to be out at least "a few days." Broad Street Hockey looks at the similarities to Ray Emery's injury last season.
What will the Rangers do with all their cap space after shipping Wade Redden to the AHL? After yesterday's moves maybe they can sign someone else to an overpriced contract.
Matt Reitz looks at defense as the road most traveled.
Sarah McNeil has an update on the Battle of the Blades upcoming season at Chicks Who Give a Puck. It would be nice if we could get a peek at the show in the US. It was also revealed that Jeremy Roenick will be a judge.
The first US College hockey poll of the year was released on Monday.
It's a little late but it appears that the Canadiens now say they meant to trade Price, not Halak. Intent to Blow has the story. Also, not only have the Rangers waived Wade Redden, it appears that the New York fans waived the Rangers.
Odds and Ends...
The Nashville Business Journal reports that Nashville is the 16th most social media savvy city in the US.
A new study says that the "Twitter effect" on movies has been over blown.
This is a little scary but if you sign up for Twtroulette, other folks can see your Twitter feed just as you do.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass