There were many heroes in a game that looked like "Predator hockey" for the first time at home this season. The Preds were out-shot by their opponent for the ninth game in a row but it looked different since they were putting plenty of pressure on the Lightning for the entire game and were able to contain the Bolts' push in the final period.
It is amazing how much better the team playes with Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon inserted into the line-up. Craig Smith has blossomed being on the Fisher line as the two appear to perfectly complement each other's game.
Bouillon has solidified the defense and spent most of the night paired with Kevin Klein on the second line. Jack Hillen had his best game as a Predator and seemed to do well with his new pairing with Jon Blum.
Make the jump for all the news that there is anywhere about the game as well as an announcement of a special edition of Smashville on the Glass radio with an exclusive interview with Preds' coach Peter Horachek...
Join us today for Smashville on the Glass Radio at a special 1 p.m. CDT start time when Ryan and I will have Mark Willoughby from The View From 111 and J. P. Hoornstra from Anaheim to preview the Preds game with the Ducks on Saturday. We will also have an exclusive one-on-one interview with Predators Coach Peter Horachek after last night's game. Join us live on BlogTalkRadio or anytime on podcast.
Morning After Round-Up
Here is our game story from last night as well as Barry Trotz's post game presser.
Josh Cooper had his game story, notes column, and post game ponderings.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper.
Bryan Mullen muses about last night's win at Preds.com.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Jeremy Gover, Robby Stanley, Patten Fuqua, Dirk Hoag, Predators Ajenda, Paul McCann, Predatorial, and Lady Preds.
Smashville 24/7 has his Morning Skate with a roundup from Thursday night.
- News from Tampa can be found at Tampa Bay Online, TampaBay.com, Beasts of the Southeast, Lightning Strikes, Bolts Report, Raw Charge, Lightning Hockey Blog, Don't Trade Vinny, Bolts By The Bay, Bolt Prospects, and Hockey Bay Blog Wars
Audio from the Predators locker room after last night's game comes from Mike Fisher, Pekka Rinne, and Nick Spaling.
From the Lightning we hear from Pavel Kubina, Martin St. Louis, Mathieu Garon, and Coach Guy Boucher.
Highlights come from NHL.com
Other News from Smashville...
Preds.com has the weekly prospect update with comments from Paul Fenton.
Willie Daunic has accepted a position with 102.5 The Game to host and afternoon drive-time show similar to the one that he co-hosted with George Plaster at 104.5.
The Hockey Writers has an interview with goalie Magnus Hellberg.
Dirk Hoag has a good list of breakfast links.
Odds and Ends...
Twenty-five million bees escaped due to a Utah simi-truck accident. Two thirds were recaptured.
Kelly Slater is working on a new artificial wave machine that will create the best waves ever made for surfing.
NOAA says that the US is dealing with another La Nina this winter and we also have to watch for the unpredictable Arctic Oscillation. Here is the outlook.
Do you want to buy your daughter the newest limited edition Barbie that has pink hair and tattoos?
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
PredsOnTheGlass has partnered with the Nashville Predators to bring you special discount pricing on tickets to every game. Follow this link and click on the game tickets that you want and then enter the special offer code preds to receive the best prices available directly from Ticketmaster.