Last night's POTG Radio podcast was a little different than our usual one on one interrogation of a guest. We had more of a roundtable discussion with Ryan Porth from the Red Light District and Amanda DiPaolo from Predlines. We also had the return of Jackson Oakes after a several month absence.
We discussed a wide variety of topics from the Predators' opening night win, the Predators' preseason camp, and which Predator players may be in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Show next June.
On the NHL front, we discussed inappropriate gestures (how can you not laugh?), the Devil's disaster in the making, and many other topics from around the league.
Check it out in the following player or on iTunes.
I will appear on The Third Man In radio show tonight hosted by Chris Block. It is on BlogTalkRadio and will start at 8 p.m. Central.
It promises to be a good show with a focus on tomorrow night's first meeting between the Predators and Blackhawks since last year's first round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
I have reviewed the show outline and it will be a good discussion on a wide variety of topics about both teams and their Central Division rivalry. Please join in and check it out.
In Pred Nation...
David Boclair has a good look at the Predators goaltending situation at The City Paper. Pekka is up and around, but don't expect the Preds to take any chances at this point.
Bryan Mullen has the update on Pekka Rinne's injury at yesterday's practice and has more this morning. He also touches on the Pred's need to build momentum with three tough contests in the next four days.
Per Ryan Suter on @nhllive yesterday, "Pekka is around here and looking good." Suter will also look for "tips" watching upcoming 24/7 series on HBO. He said some guys on the Capitals are pretty good.
Jim Diamond has a really neat story about Joel Ward and Sergei Kostitsyn visiting the KIPP Academy yesterday as part of the Predators in the community day. Predators players scattered all over town for different activities but Jim captures the heart of what it is about in his post.
Puck Daddy has a video of Alexander Radulov scoring six seconds into a game. Watching it immediately made me realized that Rads is still incapable of playing the "Predator Way." He would be back in Barry Trotz's dog house after the first shift that he didn't play defense.
Forechecker has the story that Mark Dekanich has been recalled and that Marty Erat missed practice with a sore back.
Amanda DiPaolo has her weekly Central Division Shakedown at Predlines.
Jas Faulkner has a Predator goaltender roundup at The Hockey Writers with perspectives from Mitch Korn and others.
Paul Nicholson goes bootleg with a shaky cam shot of the new Preds Opening Video. Word is that the Preds are working around the legalities of getting the real thing posted on their site.
Denise McCann has a ton of opening night pictures at SlapShot Radio and even caught Jackson, Ryan Porth and me at our ususal "OnTheGlass" seats for the pre-game skate. Generally, we are at the front of 108 for most games. Stop by and say hey.
Denise's hubby, Paul McCann celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving with a few notes.
The Cincinnati Cyclones drop the puck on Friday. Here is an opening night primer.
You have to wonder what Dan Gendur's future is with the Predators. He is on the third year of his entry level contract and he has been loaned to the RGV Killer Bees in Hidalgo, Texas, not exactly a hotbed of hockey.
Vance at Pangin Panger has No Words (but does have a picture) as he captures the heart of what Canadians think about Predator fans.
The City Paper has a story on a new study about sports in Nashville.
Middle Tennessee Sports has a feature story on Dawn Davenport from News 2 who covers the Predators at times. It is interesting to see her background and how she ended up in Music City.
Around the NHL...
You can tell that the season has started as everyone starts playing the guessing game on suspensions. This hit where Niklas Hjalmarsson puts a textbook "what not to do hit" on Jason Pominville will yield a suspension.
Here is a video of James Wisniewski's gesture to Sean Avery in yesterday's matinee between the Isles and Rangers. Maybe he was just saying ho, ho, ho into a pretend Mr. Microphone. Chris Botta has a video of Gary Bettman's reaction. He claims he didn't see it. So what, a one game suspension?
This gem comes from @kcwilson: I'm sorry but you've got to love the headline this morning - "Wisniewski blows off Avery"
The Devils only had 15 skaters in yesterdays game that resulted in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Here's what the Devs brass had to say for themselves. If the original Kovalchuk contract was circumvention, so is this.
Versus has a story where Derian Hatcher claims that the Devils have made a mockery of the CBA with their "emergency" depleted roster.
As bad as the Stars season outlook was, now add Mike Ribeiro getting arrested for public intoxication to the list of problems. Ribeiro claims it wasn't a big deal. Justin Bourne looks at how player's personal issues can affect their on ice play.
Big news in Motor City from @JeffMarek: Detroit signs head coach Mike Babcock to 4-year contract extension. PHT has the details.
Ryan Porth has this week's power ranking. Number one is a surprise. The Preds are up to 11 but will be tested this week.
Matt Reitz looks at the next big silent defenseman. Will it be Oliver Ekman-Larsson?
The Predators win over the Ducks was impressive on Saturday, or was it. James O'Brien at PHT looks at the Ducks horrible start.
Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts are always good.
Steve Lapore has an interview with Michael McKinley, author of Hockey: A People’s History. It's good stuff. Check it out.
From @ChrisBottaNHL: Kirill Kabanov is back in Russia for "personal reasons." No story this time. Word is it's a family issue and he'll be back to Moncton soon. I hope Kirill is not up to his old antics. He is one player I really want to see in the NHL, for comic relief if nothing else.
Odds and Ends...
The Nashville RollerGirls will see their parings today for the WFTDA National Championship in Chicago next month which has been deemed The Uproar on the Lakeshore.
From the makers of People of Walmart comes Dumb Tweets. Since I follow such great folks, I never see any of these.
You would think that Baltimore was enough of a cosmopolitan city that they would not kick a couple of girls out of the stadium for kissing in public, but they did. This is the same town that reveries film maker John Waters and calls itself The Charm City. That was not a very charming thing to do.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass