After back to back shootout wins over Division rivals St. Louis and Chicago and getting Ryan Suter and Marty Erat back in the lineup, the upcoming four game road trip may afford coaches and fans the best look at what this year's team can actually do.
They will head out of town today after practice and not play at home again until Thanksgiving eve against the Blues.
This is the healthiest the team has been since the start of the season and the Preds will be playing teams that if the team plays Predator hockey, should be able to do well against.
The Predators should have little trouble with Toronto on Tuesday. Montreal should be a good test for the team on Thursday as they lead the Northeast Division. The Preds play the Hurricanes, who have been inconsistent, on Saturday. The trip ends in Columbus a week from tonight and it will be a bloodbath as usual.
Those four games should give us an idea of what to expect going forward. I am expecting the Preds to pick up between five and seven points if they continue to play well.
Tonight at 7 p,m, Central we take a look back at the last week and will have a couple of great guests to help preview games coming up this week.
First, we will have Rick Stephens from All Habs to discuss the Preds only meeting of the year with Montreal on Thursday and also gain insight into the Montreal media scene. Rick has the leading Habs blog and is very insightful into the whole Hockey scene.
We will also have Patty Jasper of Let's Go Canes to give us a preview of what we should expect from our trip to Raleigh on Saturday. We have heard so much about the tailgating and pre-game atmosphere that is should be fun to see it first hand. Hopefully, Patty will give us all the inside information on what to do.
Join us at the show page or on iTunes.
Here is our story with postgame video.
Josh Cooper had his game story and and postgame ponderings. His notes column features the return of Ryan Suter and Marty Erat.
Jim Diamond analyzes the Predators last two five on three efforts including the game changer on Saturday.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper and discusses how little the Preds have actually led in the last two wins.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Brandon Felder, The View from 111, Dirk Hoag (with his advances stats), Jeremy Gover, and Hockey Night in Nashville.
The other side of the story comes from Second City Hockey, The Sun Times, The Daily Herald, and the Chicago Tribune.
Committed Indians called for Patick Hornqvist to be suspended for a hit on Niklas Hjalmarsson. I must have missed something on the play that he discusses.
In Pred Nation...
Josh Cooper had a phone conversation with Chet Pickard and shares the result. Hopefully, Chet will turn things around soon and start a climb back up the ladder. He also has look at Cal O'Reilly's breakout year.
Amanda DiPaolo writes about Patric Hornqvist and his fearless game, fighting for the space around the net.
Chris Burton has the breakdown of Cal O'Reilly's goal against the Blues.
Patten Fuqua spoke with Milwaukee Admirals goalie Mark Dekanich and files a story on the successful start he has had to this season.
Dirk Hoag has an update on Movember with some valuable information on Prostate Cancer. Dirk also looks at the dominance of the Western Conference over the East again this season.
Mark Willoughby is on his game as usual with his weekly View.
Hockey Night in Nashville compares Patric Hornqvist to Tomas Holmstrom.
The Milwaukee Admirals swept their weekend series with the Lake Erie Monsters. Ads Roundtable has the weekend wrap-up, including a brief piece on Chet Pickard winning for the first time since February in Cincinnati.
Steve Sullivan appeared on a "This Week in Smashville" segment on Fox 17.
All-Star voting begins today and there are three Predators on the ballot. This is only for the top six as the rest of the squads will be picked by a committee.
Around the NHL...
One of the weirdest things to come out over the weekend was in a Puck Daddy story. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane appeared in a really sleazy video advertisement for a Dell telephone. The video was removed from YouTube but the story and screen shots remain.
Then, this morning Dirk Hoag found this gem in his early reading. From MC79Hockey comes some deep research that will be a hot topic today. It is basically a case about Dean Warren's dismissal by the league but the evidence included is not pretty.
A couple of high profile signings took place over the weekend with David Backes signing for five years in St. Louis and Jeff Carter signing for an unbelievable eleven years in Philadelphia. After Kovalchuk, you would think teams would learn from it.
Ryan Porth looks at the points pace for each team. Due to the variance in games played there are a few changes from the current standings.
Launy "The" Schwartz has a new trailer out. It's worth a look. May The Schwartz be with you!
Dennis Kane has an incredible story about a piece of memorabilia that he owns. This is worth checking out.
I agree with Ken Campbell for a change in picking Steven Stamkos as the leader for the Hart Trophy at this point in the season.
The Preds used to consistently be a top penalty killing team but no more as The Hockey News looks at the Top Ten PK teams. The downfall began when Vern Fiddler and Scotty Nichol left.
Adrian Dater, who I would consider an expert on the subject, has his top ten bars/restaurants to watch hockey in North America.
Odds and Ends...
Allegedly, Facebook plans to announce that it will start offering email on today.
Kelly Slater's ten world championships is an accomplishment that is unparalleled in the world of individual sports. Fans are lobbying to get Slater on the cover of SI who has rarely had any surf coverage.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass