Friday, January 8, 2010

TGIF Round-Up and Trouble in Pred Land?

The Predators kept pace in the Western Conference race with their win over Carolina on Thursday night at the Sommet Center. The Preds are officially in sixth place but have the same number of points at 55 as Calgary (3rd place) and Vancouver (5th place) . Three points separate third place down to eighth so any slip up, or even a night off, can move a team down very quickly.

With Detroit's win over the Kings last night, they pulled within three points of a playoff position. I can't imagine that anyone expects the Wings not to be back in the middle of the tight Western Conference playoff race once their injuries heal and they return to a full lineup.

So when that happens which current team will fall out of the top eight? Sorry Av fan friends, with all things being equal, I'm betting on you to be the first to go. Unfortunately, the realistic part is that injuries and movement at the trade deadline will probably be the deciding factors.

Trouble in Pred Land?

One of the oddest responses I've seen Barry Trotz give to a question was in an exchange between him and John Glennon at the end of the post game presser regarding Jason Arnott leaving the bench before the game was over. Glennon touches on it here at Inside Predators and here is the link to our video from last night if you want to see it first hand (look at the 4:00 mark).

Preds-Canes Stories...

Video Highlights from

Here is our story and video interviews from last night.

John Glennon has the game story and notes column at the Tennessean.

Jim Diamond has his story at the Examiner while David Boclair checks in with his report for the City Paper.

In the world of Predator blogs See Puck City, Forechecker, Paul McCann, Point2Point, and The View From 111.

For the other side of the story the News and Observer has the Canes covered as does Canes Now.

In Pred Nation...

Puck Daddy has a fun interview with Ryan Suter. It's neat to hear that he has played on one team or another with everyone on the US Olympic team.

Forechecker has another clip from the Thom Abraham show, this time with Brandon Gee who has written several of the Predator Business stories. He is a little less dramatic in the audio than recent newspaper articles.

Admiral's short Shifts has the story of the Ads win over the Rampage and also about Eric Kent lighting the lap as the goal judge for the game.

Ryan from the RLD has another post at Crash the Crease on the Carolina Game.

Preds101 puts out a call to action for Pred fans to enlist new supporters for the Preds now that football season is officially for the Titans and college teams.

WSMV did a rare feature on the Preds with Shea Weber and Ryan Suter talking about the great snow fail of 2010 and how folks in Tennessee react to the snow.

As always on Friday, we get Mark's View which is always thought provoking. I don't believr the burrito-Merry go round story. He's still healthy which he wouldn't be with a stunt like that.

Around the NHL...

#NHL Saturday Picks time again.

More Later...

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Anonymous said...

I observed an obviously injured Arnott playing after being taken down and he definitely favored his shoulder to wrist area. If I remember his shoulder gave him trouble on a recent road trip.

PredsOnTheGlass said...

Further information today confirms what you saw. Thanks for the information.