The highlight of the weekend for me was finally getting to a video that I witnessed being made at the NHL Awards at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Our friend Launy "The" Schwartz of Hockey54.com interviewed Barry Trotz with a flair that only Launy can provide. Trotz (and handler Gerry Helper) seemed somewhat concerned when Launy approached them and I assured them that it would be OK.
The normally stoic, Trotz went from a somewhat concerned expression to laughing during the interview as Launy covers a wide range of topics.
Go here to check out a really fun video.
Tonight's POTG Radio makes a comeback after a month that set a record for the fewest shows in two years of programing.
Tonight will mark the return of past frequent guest Travis Hair from Five for Howling. With the Predators heading west for a meet-up in the desert on Wednesday night, this is a great time to check in with Travis to find out what is up with the Yotes both on and off the ice.
From the other side of the bitter Kings-Yotes rivalry, we will have Matt Reitz of View from My Seats, one of my favorite daily reading stop offs. The Predators play the Kings on Saturday night and a long Preds win streak against the Kings is on the line.
Saturday's game with the Wings was a disappointment for Predator fans. The primary thing to consider is that is still very early in the season and the Predators are missing key players that provide leadership and stability on both ends of the ice.
Taking on Detroit without two of your top three defensemen and then double shifting so that you only use five D-men is not the best way to win in Joe Louis Arena.
The key, at this point, is to see how the team recovers and who will be able to play on Wednesday when the Preds play the Coyotes in Phoenix. The Yotes have struggled a bit out of the gate and will be hoping for a good showing on Wednesday.
Here is our postgame story from Saturday night.
The Tennessean ran the AP story and Josh Cooper tried to salvage their coverage with his postgame ponderings. David Boclair has a self penned story at The City Paper.
From the blog world come reports from Dirk Hoag, Jeremy Gover, Amanda DiPaolo, What the Puck, The View from 111, and Hockey Night in Nashville.
For stories with a happier ending go to MLive, the Detroit Free Press, and the Detroit News.
In Pred Nation...
Pekka Rinne's jersey is now set for a 2:52 p.m. Central liftoff on Wednesday aboard the penultimate space shuttle journey.
Jim Diamond recounts the Predators injury issues and the number of man-games lost this season already.
What can you say about the headline writers at the Tennessean. My puppy appears to know more about hockey than they do. Dirk Hoag captures their latest faux pas. The Tennessean followed up their Sunday gaff with nothing new about the Preds whatsoever today.
Kerry Fraser's new book "The Final Call" came out recently and Jason Kay recounts a great story about Jim McKenzie, the Predators radio color guy, that is included in the book.
Milwaukee lost at Abbotsford 4-2 after a third period collapse on Saturday night.
Mark Dekanich's dog Romeo gets the prize for the best costume of the year. Here is the pug impersonating a skunk.
Around the NHL...
Today begins Movember where guys (and girls) can grow mustaches for awareness of men's cancers. Many NHL teams and fans are participating.
Zack Parise was flown back to New Jersey after an injury in Saturday night's game with the Kings. This could be a major blow to a team that appears mired in last place with little chance of improving soon.
Also on Saturday, the game between the Flyers and Islanders turned ugly. It looks like Danny Briere will have a hearing with the commissioner's office on Monday as a result of game misconduct with a minute left in a game that was marred by 120 penalty minutes with the Isles having 73 of the total.
I doubt many folks thought that the Habs would be at the top of the heap in the East at the end of the opening month. HabsWorld analyzes how it was done.
The other leader in the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning, celebrated by taking a day off. Ex-Pred, Dan Ellis had a shutout on Saturday for the Bolts with a 3-0 win over Phoenix.
James O'Brien looks at power play plus/minus as well as penalty kill plus/minus. This is some pretty interesting stuff.
Ryan Porth reshuffled the deck to see what the standings would look like if every game was worth three points.
Jeff Gordon says that the Kings are happy that they did not sign Ilya Kovalchuk, Really!
Scotty Wazz discusses the possibility that Jarome Iginla could be moved to a contending team later in the year. That would be a big move of a player that has been the face of the franchise for a long time.
Stu Hackel considers the Florida Panthers rebuilding project that has been going on for many years.
The Puck Stops Here takes a look at the early Calder Trophy leader, Michael Neuvirth. He also has Kris Letang as the early Norris leader.
Here is a story that I missed from Kevin Burgundy from about ten days ago where the NHL has banned officials from having Facebook accounts.
Odds and Ends...
A new movie that is coming out this week has really captured my interest. 127 Hours is the true story of Aron Ralston who was trapped in a slot canyon near Moab, Utah and had cut his arm off to keep from dying. It is interesting to me as we have hiked several other slots in the general area of where the movie takes place. Unfortunately, since we live in the sticks, it may be a while before we can see it.
I have probably linked to Poynt before but it remains my favorite app for any type of smartphone.
Lake Mead is at an all-time low and has changed the way folks are able to enjoy recreation on the lake.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass