Friday, October 30, 2009

TGIF Report and Game Round-up

Walking out of the Sommet Center after last night's game, I had the feeling that I had seen someone that I hadn't seen in a long time. The Nashville Predators team that plays with tenacity and grit and truly gets 100% out of each player on the team had returned.

It was a completely different team than the one I saw before leaving on vacation two weeks ago to the night against the same foe. For those who had been watching the progress on television, I'm sure there were changes that could have been seen along the way. Having been completely away from any video until Wednesday night, I didn't see the change in stages but all at once.

Hopefully, this was not a one game aberration and that the Pred team that played last night is the one of the future. A win Saturday against Dallas will bring them back to the .500 mark and place them in a position to do positive things on the four game West coast road trip and return home where they will then play 12 of 15 games at home.

As a final note, the enthusiasm from all on "Hockey Fights Cancer" night was really sincere. After the game, many of the young cancer patients that attended the game met with J.P. Dumont and others outside the locker room and were having the time of their life getting to meet the players in person after the big win.

Highlights of Preds Win over Chicago

Other's Thoughts on the Game...

There is plenty of news from last night's game. Here is the POTG story with postgame videos. Here are stories from, See Puck City, Jim Diamond, the Forechecker, Brandon Felder, and Fan Huddle. I'm sure there will be a few more this morning.

In the MSM, John Glennon has two stories for the Tennessean (one, two) and one at Inside Predators. David Boclair from The City Paper filed this report.

Here's are a couple of other stories from Chicago, one from the Sun-Times and another from the Chicago Tribune.

In Pred Nation...

As scary as Halloween can be, it could only be worse with a Terry Crisp look-alike contest. This and many other activities will occur at the Preds game Saturday night. Go here for details.

Admiral's Short Shifts discusses the early season struggles of Pred's prospect Mark Dekanich.

The Predators will have a "Breaking into Sports" Workshop on November 14 for those interested in a career in sports.

Pete Weber talked Western Conference yesterday on XM 204's Hockey This Morning.

Around the NHL...

From the Globe and Mail comes news that two former Ice Edge partners may be preparing a separate offer for the Coyotes.

Pierre LeBrun claims that Steve Yzerman is whittling down his list of the finalist for Team Canada at the Olympics.

Ryan at The RLD takes a look at who are the leading candidates for Team Canada's goalie spot in the Olympics now that the season has started.

This appears to be "Mask weekend" at the NHL Network with numerous shows and features on goalie masks culminating with a 50th Anniversary show on Sunday night.

Richard Pollock has an interesting study on blowout games since the lockout. The Preds are about where you would expect in the rankings.

Origins of the nicknames of all 30 NHL Teams is at Mental Floss (H/T to the Forechecker).

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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