What a weekend with the Predators big win to tie their series with Vancouver and two other three series going to 2-0. We will have out "Morning After" feature within an hour and will have the last NHL Awards nominee at 11 a.m. CDT with the NHL Foundation Award top three. We will also have updates from the Preds and Vancouver as both teams prepare for Game Three tomorrow night at 8 p.m. CDT at the Bridgestone Area.
The Predators will Practice at the Bridgestone Arena today at noon which will be followed by the Canucks practice at 2 p.m.
Follow the jump for today's, news, headlines and links.
In Pred Nation...
We had original videos of Pekka Rinne and Barry Trotz speaking on their return to the Nashville Airport.
Amanda DiPaolo has an inside look at Matt Halischuk at Predlines.
David Boclair says the Predators are not especially tired after their big double overtime win on Saturday. David also has keen insight into a coaching move Barry Trotz made that allowed Halischuck to be on the ice for the winning goal. He also looks at the upgrades to the Arena that resulted from the floods of a year ago.
Brian Mullen has the story of Ryan Suter's big game on Saturday night and also Monday's notes.
David Climer finds humor in the phrase "standing on one's head."
Robby Stanley wants the Predators to be ready for game three.
AJ has the anatomy of a laser beam that was Matt Halichuk's shot.
Sam Page looks at the Gnome vs the Green Men. He also found humor in the fact that Pekka Rinne has a twin sister.
Don Cherry gave Barry Trotz his Coach of the Year nod on Saturday night.
Here's a few pictures of the Predators return on the Predators Facebook page.
TSN has a story from the CP about Jordin Tootoo competing for the Stanley Cup. There's a second post from Canada about Tootoo being a brand new man.
The WHL Vancouver Giants have provided the Predators with a third of their defense corp and their coach has enjoyed watching the games from the stands.
AJ at PMFF has moved. Here is the new location.
The Hot List has the story of Pekka Rinne's coming out party.
The Houston Aeros shut out the Milwaukee Admirals 2-0 to even their series at 1-1 as the series shifts to Texas for the next three games.
Folks in Vancouver are ready to start panicking so it appears.
Dan Hamhuis will finally play a game in Nashville after being injured for the two regular season games.
Vancouver is trying to figure out their lack of goals.
The Green Men in Vancouver have had a complaint filed against them.
A Vancouver car dealer has been cited by the NHL for a rights violation. I can testify that these things are fairly random.
Regardless of who wins the Preds-Nucks series, a bunch of folks from both teams will meet again in Las Vegas on June 20.
Around the NHL...
In yesterday's action, San Jose beat Detroit 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their series while it took a 3-2 overtime win for the Lightning to take a 2-0 lead on the Caps as they head to Tampa for two games. Tonight there is only one game as Boston is at Philadelphia (Versus 6:30 p.m) where the Flyers hope to even the series on home ice.
Terry Frei has some keen insight into the Masterton Trophy and what it has become.
Andre Delsol announced his final rankings for all thirty NHL rinks that he saw on his 29 day journey.
Team USA won 5-1 in their opening game against Austria and Pred prospect Craig Smith scored a goal. The next game is Monday at 9:15 a.m. CDT against Norway.
RLD's Saturday Face Off looks at first round disappointments.
So PHT is making a case for Steve Downie for the Conn Smythe.
Here's the latest on the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg deal.
Anthony Perez has the Coyotes by the numbers.
After a two month absence being distracted with his work at PHT, Matt Reitz returns with his "I just might be a hockey fan in California feature."
Vintage leaf Memories has questions for Leaf fans as well as the other 29 teams.
Intent to Blow has the shocking news that the Vancouver Canucks still have three rounds to go after beating Chicago.
Odds and Ends...
My world is getting shaken with a new channel line up at XM Radio. XM 92 for NHL Home Ice is just not the same as XM 204.
If you lost something in the Alabama tornado, it may show up on this Facebook page.
In a odd move, the old GM/Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee opened it's doors for an open house last week. It's hard to tell if it is open or not these days.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass