Last night's POTG Radio show was far more fun to do than I could have imagined. Our special guest Russ Cohen, was so knowledgeable on hockey prospects and Junior hockey that it was like discussing the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championships with a virtual encyclopedia.
We ran through all the teams that are playing in the tournament that starts on Saturday and discussed what players to watch and what to expect from each team.
We finished the podcast portion of the show with very in depth analysis of Team USA and Team Canada. If you have any interest at all in following this year's tournament, this show is the primer that you need to prepare.
Chris Wassel from The Program also joined in for the final segment.
In Pred Nation...
Patric Hornqvist was the NHL's Third Star of the week for scoring 4 goals, including the game winner at Edmonton, and racking up 3 assists.
John Glennon takes a look at the Pred's record road streak and looks at the Preds line of Leggy, Wardo and Smithers. He also discusses the trio of Franson, Weber and Hamhuis playing in their home province tonight. Finally, there is the Game at a Glance for tonight's match with the Canucks.
David Boclair looks at the correlation of Jerred Smithson being in the penalty box and the opponent scoring off the Preds penalty kill unit.
A J has part 2 of the Lunch Pail Gang. Another quality analysis.
Marcel Goc is on a roll. JAS Faulkner has the third article I've seen in the last day or so on Goc. He is fast becoming a fan favorite, making Vern Fiddler and Scotty Nichol a distant memory.
Jim Diamond brings news of three European Pred prospects that will play in the World Juniors. Mattias Ekholm (Sweden), Roman Josi (Switzerland) and Jani Lajunen (Finland) will join Ryan Ellis and Gabriel Bourque who will play for Canada. I was least aware of Lajunen who I don't believe has been to a Preds summer camp. Correct me if I am wrong.
Dave Scatchard's comeback is a feature story at NHL.com. What about a campaign for Masterton Trophy? Here is a great quote from Barry Trotz, "It's a good story. It speaks of good character traits. And it also represents a lot of what we do in Nashville. You give people opportunities. If they earn 'em, then good things can happen."
Steve Sullivan was on the Thom Abraham show on Monday and Forechecker has a copy of the interview. Good stuff Dirk!
Point2Point has an early preview of tonight's game at Vancouver.
More from Preds101 with humor and a look to the off-season. You can also follow him at @preds101 on Twitter.
Mark Willoughby from the View From 111 was on The Knee Jerks on BTR last night with a mid-year Central Division Roundtable.
While we discussed the World Juniors last night, NHL.com has a post about Shea Weber and Ryan Suter possibly being named to their country's Olympic teams. No mention of Pekka Rinne, Marty Erat, Marcel Goc, or Patric Hornqvist's chances.
Puck Daddy has started a new podcast that features NHL players and the music that they like. Wade Belak was the focus of the first episode. Video from Wade's fights goes well with his music choices.
Around the NHL...
The big news in hockey last night was Marty Brodeur breaking Terry Sawchuk's career shutout record with the Devils getting a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night at Mellon Arena. We reprinted the NHL media release in it's entirety along with a ton of stats on the 104 shutouts. Interestingly, the Predators are one of only three teams Brodeur has never shut out.
NHL.com launched the new NHL Video Center. It appears to be a nice upgrade from the older model.
Trouble is brewing in Columbus, not only for the team's poor performance, but between the MSM and bloggers. Jeff Little has the story at the Hockey Writers.
The Preds are up to #5 at the RLD Power Rankings.
Here's a couple of posts from Puck The Media on the NHL Network coverage and the announcers. I heard on XM that Gary Thorne has since backed out.
B D Galloff lays out a theory that Charles Wang may be ready to sell the Islanders.
Also from Puck the Media, suggestions for Versus New Year's Eve show. I didn't realize they were having one until now.
From Down Goes Brown comes 10 Signs that your team bus is on fire.
Are you curious about Adrian Dater's Christmas Wish List? He asked Santa for something special for the Preds.
Ex-Pred Scott Hartnell and Marc Savard will be on the Price is Right on Wednesday. I bet I can avoid watching the show and see it on YouTube.
Joe Sakic is adapting well to retirement and is coaching his kids.
Hockey Barn has a snippet about the most points in a game by one team.
Merry Christmas from the Sharks. Check it out!
I saw about 20 Tweets yesterday saying that Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood are engaged. My question is why would anyone care?
Finally, it has been interesting watching the live cam from Fenway of the ice. There appears to be hockey games of some sort for most of the day on Monday. Here's how the rink was built.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass