Last year's playoff rivalry has taken on a similar feel in the two games this year with the Preds besting the Ducks twice, 3-0 at home on October 30, and 4-2 last night on the coast.
There was plenty of pregame banter between the teams which filled the national media's airwaves before the game to keep the Preds in the spotlight as the rest of the hockey world was a little slow to get on board that Nashville actually took their hockey seriously.
As the Preds sleep in today in their own beds this morning, an argument can be made that they have the leagues' best goaltender, top defenseman, hottest rookie, most effective coach coach, and possibly the most shrewd General Manager if he manages to keep the squad together for a few more years.
With the Predators 1000th game coming on Saturday against the storied Montreal Canadiens, that will be broadcast on the CBC at the Hockey Night in Canada game, expect to see the hype about the Predators continue to move to the next level.
Barry Trotz will have his work cut out for him to keep his band of brothers focused on Saturday's game in spite of all the celebration and fanfare that will accompany this type of game. You don't want to lay an egg when the entire hockey world is watching.
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Here is our game story from last night with the view from the couch. Make the jump for the complete game round-up...
Main Stream Media...
- Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
- David Boclair (The City Paper)
- Bryan Mullen (Preds.com)
- Associated Press
- Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - Morning Skate
- Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
- Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
- Jeremy Gover (Section 303)
- Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
- Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
- Paul McCann (Hockey Buzz)
- Kris Martel (Predatorial)
- Lady Preds
- O C Register
- Long Beach Press-Telegram
- L A Times
- L A Daily News
- Ducks Blog - Adam Brady
- Anaheim Calling
- Battle of California
- ESPN- Los Angeles
- Press Enterprise
- Daily Ducks Blog
- Ducks and Cover
- Ducks and Pucks
- Brian Kennedy - Inside Hockey
Highlights come from NHL.com
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass