Lat night's NHL Tweet-Up for Nashville Flood Relief was a huge success raising over $2000 for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Words cannot describe the great job Mark Willoughby did in organizing the event.
Kudos also go out to Jennifer Schwartzenberg of the Community Foundation and Rebbecca Ward of the Predators for their help. Also, the heart and soul of the event was Dani Muccio who was a driving factor in making the Tweet-Up happen all the way from Long Island. The flood victims of Nashville appreciate everyone's hard work.
There will continue to be items available at the online auction as long as they continue to come in. Several more great pieces are expected to be added over the next few days.
It was really fun to see a lot of old friends and to meet new ones too. It's always great to put faces with Twitter names. Special props go to Josh Farrar who drove in all the way from Knoxville to take in the event.
POTG Radio Podcast...
Last night's edition of POTG Radio was one of the best we have ever had. Chris Wassel of The Program ran the board from New Jersey helping us avoid issues that we have had on live remotes previously. Ryan Porth of the RLD and Jackson also co-hosted. Mark Willoughby acted as producer, running folks out to our swanky parking lot studio all night.
We had a whole bunch of guest including Jennifer Schwartzenberg of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Stu Grimson, Channel 2 news anchor Christine Maddela, Rebbecca Ward, Director of Community Relations for the Preds, Predators Coach Brent Peterson, and the voice of the Predators Pete Weber.
The hockey talk with Brent Peterson was particularly compelling as he talked in depth about the Preds-Hawks series and the current series between the Flyers and Hawks. Pete Weber talked about how he ended up in Nashville and Chris asked Stu the question about why Mary Erat was on the ice in the final seconds of game five.
If you did not listen live, click on the link below or go to iTunes for a download.
Calder Cup Playoffs...
The Hershey Bears came alive on the road last night and defested the Texas Stars 6-3 to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the seven game AHL finals. Andrew Gordon, Kyle Wilson and Mathieu Perrault each had two goals to account for all the Bears scoring.
Ex-Predator Andrew Hutchinson, Francis Wathier, and Raymond Sawada scored for the Stars. Matt Climie had an unusual performance giving up six goals on 29 shots.
Game four will be tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. CDT in Austin.
In Preds Nation...
Bryan Mullen has a piece about Ryan Ellis this morning at the Tennessean.
From the all knowing @SLakePreds: D Robert Dietrich signs 3 year deal with Adler Mannheim in the DEL.
We had a note yesterday on the possibility of the Preds bringing Jonas Andersson back from the KHL. Dirk Hoag has more. Dirk also got his pencil working for an analysis of team faceoff percentage.
Ryan at the RLD takes a look at Predator's goaltending for next year.
Predators.com has a look at the new signage going up at the Bridgestone Arena.
Around the NHL...
Our friend Launy "The" Schwartz of Hockey 54 made the first cut in the SCORE Drafted 2 competition. Go to his video posted at their site and give positive comments to help him into the finals.
After much speculation Guy Boucher turned down the Blue Jacket's head coaching slot. Scott Arniel was later awarded the job. Here is an interview with Arneil from Neil Bristow from a while back. It is also reported, but not confirmed, that Boucher will end up in Tampa.
Steve Lapore thinks it is time that Versus receives the credit it deserves. He also has NBC's ratings from Sunday which were excellent going against the NBA playoffs.
Anthony Perez has the first part of a three part look at the Coyotes financial situation. Tonight will be the all important City of Glendale city council meeting to approve the exclusive agreement with the Ice Edge group.
Ryan Lambert deemed game five as the worst game of Chris Pronger's career. I'm betting he has one of his best in game six.
Dmitry Chesnokov interviewed Dominik Hasek about his signing with the KHL.
With all the franchises that are rumored to be for sale, Gary Bettman is keeping his options open with Winnipeg and Quebec City.
Nathan Fornier looks at the third pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.
Chris Hayes wonders if he is turning Canadian on day 37 of his year long journey at Freddy Charles.
Jon Lawler, better known as Jon Fratelli, of "Chelsea Dagger" fame, was in Chicago over the weekend but did not make it to game five. If there is a game seven, how could the Hawks not bribe him into the arena.
The NYT has an interesting article of the growth of SB Nation and the expansion into regional sites. Our friend and media expert, Steve Lapore has joined the local New York site.
Dustin Byfuglien has stopped dancing. Intent to Blow has the details.
Odds and Ends...
More congrats to J.R. Lind who on again on Jeopardy last night bringing his two day total to $52,801. Here is last night's highlight reel. Be sure to watch tonight for day three.
Tiger Woods' Q-score, which is a marketability rating, plummeted in the most recent ranking. After being at the top for ten years, he fell to 25th, leaving Arnold Palmer as the top golfer.
Here is some amazing art done only with a pencil and paper.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass