It was good to see Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon back on the ice last night. Both looked good and showed few signs of rust. Fisher actually was second in minutes played behind Craig Smith, who he was paired with for most of the night.
Even though the Predators lost, there were positive signs that the team is headed in the right direction. It was pretty amazing that putting Fisher into the lineup made all the lines look much stronger. Bouillon cemented the Preds third defensive pair and we did not see the problems presented in prior games from that unit.
Pekka Rinne was solid in net and as usual and was ready to shelter the blame for the two fluky goals that he allowed.
The key, going forward, is for the Predators to solve their lack of offense problem, and at a minimum, put more shots on net. At some point, Rinne and the defense will start squeezing the stick so hard trying to be perfect that they will become ineffective.
Here is our game story from last night and Barry Trotz's postgame presser.
Josh Cooper had his game story, notes column, and postgame ponderings.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper where he said that Mike Fisher and Frankie Bouillon were not enough to push the Preds into the win column.
Bryan Mullen has his musings from last night at Preds.com.
John Manasso had his story at NHL.com.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Jeremy Gover, Robby Stanley, Dirk Hoag (with his advanced stats), Predators Ajenda, Predatorial, and Pred, White, and Blue.
For other side of the story from San Jose, check out Mercury News, David Pollak, SF Gate, Fear the Fin, Chat Sharks, SharksPage, Battle of California, The Chum Bucket, Blades of Teal, Couch Tart, and Dudes On Hockey.
Audio from the Predators from last night's postgame comes from Jack Hillen, Craig Smith, and Mike Fisher.
From San Jose, we hear from Joe Pavelski, Ryan Clowe, Logan Couture, and Coach Todd McLellan.
The Predators play the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena. Go here for discount tickets and use the offer code preds.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass