The Nashville Predators provided a disappearing act during Sunday's third period that led to a stunning 4-2 loss to Vancouver and cut their lead over Detroit to one point with 17 games remaining. Calgary is just two points back of the Preds and they are itching to jump into the top eight too.
While the Preds turned in two dismal performances in a row over the weekend, they have fallen five behind Los Angeles and Colorado who each have 80 points. A fifth or six seed would give the team a much better chance of making out of the first round, but that goal seems much further away at this point.
The Preds are leaving on a four game road trip to Atlanta and the West coast and need a complete turn around in order to make a move in the Western Conference standings (or even hang on to the eight spot).
POTG Radio Tonight...
We have a great show lined up for this evening with two excellent guests. First up we will have Jim Diamond who has covered the Predators since the early years of the franchise. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association and covers the Predators for The Examiner, the Associated Press and various other news outlets.
We will also have five year old Josh Sacco, who became famous for his recreation of Herb Brooks' speech from the movie Miracle. Josh and his family recently attended the Olympics, courtesy of The Ellen Show where he got to meet the USA men's hockey team, Mike Eruzione, and a bunch of other folks. He also did video updated for the Pred's web site.
We are really looking forward to speaking with tonight's guests and we hope you will join us live or on podcast at the BTR site or on iTunes.
Predators -Canucks Round-up...
Here is our game story with post-game interviews from yesterday.
John Glennon has his game story, notes and postgame ponderings. David Climer was also at the game and has commentary on the Preds playing at home.
David Boclair has his City Paper game story.
Our friend, Wes Cunningham, has a photo review of the game at Inside Hockey.
In the blog world, there are stories from Mark Willoughby, Brandon Felder, Forechecker, Big Kev, and See Puck City.
The other side of the story comes from the Vancouver Sun and the Province.
If you missed it, here is the video of the rare fight that Dan Hamhuis had with Alex Burrows. Dan has shown renewed interest in his game since sticking with the Preds at the trade deadline.
In Pred Nation...
Jim Diamond has his weekly prospects round up and an article about running the Music City half-marithon in support of Brent Peterson and Parkinson's research. He will discuss more of this tonight on POTG radio.
AJ has the fifth part of his mini-series, this time discussing Wade Belak.
Rachel from What the Puck catches up on her Predator news.
Short Shifts has the story of the Admirals losing a rough and tumble meeting with Peoria 4-2.
David Boclair discusses David Poile's poker face and the recent trade deadline.
Mark Willoughby's weekly "View" has some grim information that everyone should be aware of.
Barry Trotz will be featured on an episode of "Under the Lights" on FSTN. Check here for times.
Welcome to Twitter @jtootoo22. It's not officially verified but it is him, best we can tell.
Around the NHL...
Our good friend Dahlia Kurtz of Hockey54 has a great story at the Toronto Star about her friend Matt Cook, a Canadian Sledge Hockey player who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. There are a couple of videos with Matt and Launy Swartz at the site also.
Brian Metzer has moved to a new site that will give him more flexibility to cover a wider range of topics beyond the Pens. Check it out! Brian is a good one.
J T Bourne has an interesting feature on "Show Dough."
Deadline "fire sales" can pay off. See what Ryan at the RLD explains about the 2004 Washington Caps.
Ex-Pred Scotty Nichol got slammed by Maxim Lapierre on Thursday night. There was no reason for this type of hit after a shot. I can't believe no one stuck up for Scotty.
Odds and Ends...
How about the Academy Awards show? I was really glad to see Sandra Bullock win the best actress award.
Our friend Amy Dawson found this gem with Samuel L. Jackson in a Krystal commercial.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass