Wednesday, September 14, 2011

POTG Hump Day Highlights, News and Links: Craig Smith for Mayor of Smashville?

The Predators rookies completed the two game sweep of the games in Florida yesterday and Craig Smith added two more goals to give him six goals and an assist in two games. I bet he can't wait for the full camp on the weekend. Predfans probably want to elect him to mayor of Smashville.

Here was our brief recap of the game along with the official scoresheet. Thanks again to George Richards of On Frozen Pond for the "Cover It Live" updates and Harvey Fialkov for Tweets throughout the game.

Others with game stories included Smashville 24/7, Cellblock 303, Jay LevinPredatorialDavid Boclair,  Fang Finger, and Josh Cooper has quotes from David Poile.

Here is the raw footage highlights from yesterdays game from

Make the jump for today's news and links...

Programming Note...

Today's episode of RLD Hockey Talk will feature Carolina and Versus broadcaster John Forslund and Chris Johnston from The Canadian Press. Both have joined us before and are always entertaining and full of information. Join us live at Noon CDT on BTR or later on podcast.

In Pred Nation...

Dirk Hoag has the latest saga in the local media's attack on the Predators revolving around NewsChannel5's allegations that Preds COO Sean Henry allegedly misled the Sports Authority. Here is the station's story. Under full disclosure, I admit that I am personally a big fan of the Delaware North Corporation so I take all this with a grain of salt.

Patten Fuqua analyses whether Ryan Ellis is ready to make the jump to the big team.

Craig Smith's play has caught the attention of Joe Yerdon at PHT. Robby Stanley talked to him over the weekend. Smith told Amanda DiPaolo that he is ready for the NHL.

Bryan Mullen looks at the pre-camp workouts for the main squad at Centennial Sportspex and what they mean.

Ryan Porth talked to Jon Blum about the past, present, and future.

Mark Willoughby has Part Three of the Blogger Roundtable talking about big surprises.

Dirk Hoag has a handy Predator depth chart for preseason speculation.

Stu Hackel has 12 rookies to watch at Sports Illustrated and four are Predators.

Predatorial looks at how Mike Fisher will help David Legwand this season.

Paul McCann has a supply of Random Notes.

Preds Gold is already looking at the October schedule and the pitfalls that await the Preds.

Susan from GuysGirl has her Predator preview for the coming season.

PHT looks at all the positive news on the recovery of ex-Pred, Matthew Lombardi.

Ex-Pred coach Paul Gardner has accepted a new position with the Bloomington Blaze after an unceremonious ouster from his prior position.

For those anxiously waiting by the mailbox we have this from @PredsNHL: Tix should go out by end of this week & should arrive next week.

Nashvillest has the news on how to pick up some free Predator preseason tickets.

Around the NHL...

The WHL kicks off the new season with a crackdown on blindside and head hits.

Dustin Byfuglien officially faces criminal charges for his boating incident last week.

Ryan Porth calls for better programming on the NHL Network during the summer months. He also has a roundup of training camp battles with a report from each team in the Eastern Conference from a local writer.

We still haven't had an official announcement on the Winter Classic and PHT says not to expect one this week.

Speaking of the Winter Classic, you can go to the Bridgestone Facebook page and "Like" them for a chance  to win tickets to the yet announced game.

E.J. Hradek takes a look at three players who are down to the wire with no contract.

Kingscast takes a visit to the Kings' Hockeyfest in episode 121.

Gary Suter speaks out on how Brad McCrimmon shaped his career.

Nino Niederreiter has a “mental coach.” I need one of those too.

The L.A. Kings are headed for the title of "Kings of the Road" with their upcoming schedule.

Eric Stephens has five questions about the Ducks.

The Dallas Stars are downplaying their proposed attempt at filing for bankruptcy.

KHL President Alexander Medvedev says that the ties will be stronger between the NHL and KHL after last weeks plane crash.

Steve Lapore has part two of his interview with Doc Emrick.

Odds and Ends...

In baseball, good guy Timw Wakefield, who hails from Brevard County, Florida finally got his 200th MLB victory.

Here is an interesting post looking back at 9/11 with he absence of social media and how different news is delivered ten years later.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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