Monday, April 19, 2010

Predators Return Home With Series Tied and Weekend Wrap-Up

Programming Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be no POTG Radio this week. If the Predators do not have a game six next Monday, we will return to our regular schedule.

No one would have ever predicted that every first round series would be tied 1-1 at the end of two games. I have not seen any statistics as to whether that has happened preciously.

The Predators should be pleased with their first road playoff win on Friday and coming to the Bridgestone Arena with home-ice advantage for the final five games. If the Preds win their home games they will be moving on to round two.

Most folks predicted that it would be a tough, physical series and that the Preds had to remain disciplined and not give Chicago power play opportunities. The seven penalties that the Preds took last night were their undoing as they gave up a goal and expended much energy in killing off the other six. Not scoring any goals also made it a moot point.

Before Tuesday's game, the Preds need to figure out a way to have more net presence and bury a few of Antti Niemi's rebounds that he was being generous with on Sunday. A healthy Patric Hornqvist would help in that regard, but even when he played in game one, he was not playing his usual game in the dirty areas so I'm not expecting much. It is time for others to step up and fill the void.

Preds-Hawks Round-Up...

Here is our game story from last night.

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

David Boclair checks in with his game story at The City Paper.

In the blog world posts come from The View From 111, Forechecker, See Puck City, and Brandon Felder.

The Chicago view of the game can be found at the Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald, and the Chicago Tribune.

In Pred Nation...

Preds101 returns with an explanation of what Chicago is doing to slow the Preds down in the neutral zone. He also has a look at Marion Hossa's hitting on Patric Hornqvist in game one.

Short Shifts has the story of the Admirals 6-0 win over Chicago on Saturday that included two goals from Blake Geoffrion.

Pete Weber and Terry Crisp are now on the wall at the Palm Restaurant.

The statutes in the Demonbreun roundabout received a Pred's Stanley Cup treatment on Friday.

Pierre Lebrun had an update on the Preds on Friday with a video preview by E J Hradek and Barry Melrose. He also had a defense rules post.

Sean Leahy does the Preview of the Preds-Hawks for Puck Daddy.

Playoffs be damned! The Pred's owners signed a new agreement with the city of Nashville to cover David Freeman's assets if needed. No matter what happens on the ice, there's always a business story out there lurking in the bushes.

Tonight's games...

While everyone is waiting for the Pred's game three on Tuesday night, there are three excellent games on tap tonight.

Washington at Montreal 6:00 CDT
Buffalo at Boston 6:00 CDT
Vancouver at LA 9:00 CDT

All three series are tied 1-1 and each are going to be played at a different site than the first two game. Most folks thought that the higher seeds would have been 2-0 at this point so it will be important to watch and see if they can recapture the home ice advantage in enemy territory.

Around the NHL...

Chris Wassel is migrating his web site over to the Bloguin platform but still can be found at the same address. It is still under construction but has a nice look to it.

Steve Lapore has an example of epic fail in a promo being run by NBC. Obviously Ryan Miller and Jonas Hiller are two different people. Here is the video.

Ratings were up for the first night of games on Versus.

Intent to Blow has a story on a dispute over who is the real Cinderella story.

Mirtle talks playoff fantasy picks and ones who are the most popular.

Odds and Ends...

The History Channel is hooking up with Foursquare to encourage folks to check in at historic sites where they will get historical tidbits. I wonder if they are interested in the fact that I am the mayor of Helen Keller's birthplace.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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