Last Night's opening game 3-2 victory for the Predators could not have been scripted any better as an example of Predator hockey. Excellent goaltending, solid defense, and just enough scoring to eek out a one goal victory is almost the definition of "The Predator Way."
The fact that it came on the road in Columbus against a Blue Jacket team that is improved has already made the current two game road trip a success. A win tonight in St. Louis would make an even bigger statement that the Predators have picked up where they left off at the end of last season when they were playing as well as anyone in the Western Conference.
Here is a round-up of stories from around Smashville...
Here is our game story from last night.
Josh Cooper had his game story, notes column, and postgame ponderings.
Bryan Mullen adds his musings from Columbus.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Jeremy Gover, Robby Stanley, Patten Fuqua, Dirk Hoag (with his advanced stats), Fang Faction, and Fang Finger.
The other side of the story comes from the Columbus Dispatch, The Dark Blue Jacket, and The Cannon.
Highlights come from NHL.com.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass