Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Happy Columbus Day in the USA!
Thirty-six hours after the Predator's impressive 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, the win still stands as one of the most impressive opening nights in Franchise history. However, all the excitement needs to be tempered with a reminder that the Ducks are not a very potent team.
Much more will be learned when the Predators face Chicago at their barn on Wednesday, the improved St. Louis Blues here on Thursday, and a Washington Capitals team with all their stars on Saturday.
While Barry Trotz did not seem very concerned about Pekka Rinne's injury that caused him to leave the game on Saturday, a more telling indication may come at 11 a.m. today when we see if San Jose goalie, Thomas Greiss passes through waivers without the Preds making a claim on him.
To a man, everyone in the Predator dressing room on Saturday was supportive of having Anders "Lindy" Lindback in net at the end of the game. It was the perfect way for the young Finn to get game action under his belt and his parents were here to see it.
Regardless of the extent of Pekka's injury, it is very likely that Lindback will get a start in this weeks back to back. It's early in the year and the team is not going to push Peks to play if he's not at 100%.
When Lindback starts, the team will close ranks around him and give him the best chance to win possible. It all goes back to the theme of this year's team "Together." That's just the way they do it in Nashville.
Predator- Ducks Round-Up...
Here is our story and post game video and audio clips from Saturday.
Josh Cooper had his game story and and postgame ponderings. Josh Mullen has the story of Anders Lindback's debut in front of his parents, Marcel Goc's first goal, and the shot barrage with 86 total shots in the game.
Jim Diamond touches on Pekka Rinne's injury and Anders Lindback's debut.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPalo, Brandon Felder, The View from 111, Dirk Hoag (with his advances stats), Jeremy Gover, David Singleton, See Puck City, What the Puck, and Hockey Night in Canada.
In a unique post, Jas Faulkner has Rhymes with Ducks.
From the west coast came a game story and notes column from the Orange County Register
Finally, the new, meaner Francis Bouillon teaches Troy Bodie a lesson.
POTG Radio Tonight...
After a couple of weeks off for a Predator pre-season game and Meet The Team Party, POTG Radio returns with two local hockey experts (just ask Andy Sutton, he knows).
We will have Ryan Porth from the Red Light District and Amanda DiPaolo from Predlines to discuss a wide variety of topics. We will discuss the Preds, as well as the start to the NHL season and also get into Amanda's "National Treasures."
Ryan is well known for his coverage of the NHL and has added Predators coverage for The Fourth Period and Inside Hockey this season.
Amanda is a Canadian import (so she does qualify as an expert, automatically) who started her own site at Predlines a few months ago after being at Fan Huddle as the Predators correspondent last season.
Join us tonight at 7 p.m. central at the link below or on iTunes.
In Pred Nation...
John Manasso from NHL.com was in town on Saturday for the opener and filed this story on Shea Weber.
Pierre LeBrun uses the opportunity of Zedeno Chara's extension as a reason to look at what Shea Weber will do in his upcoming contract negotiations.
Josh Cooper looks at a few other contracts that may be a basis for Shea Weber's contract negotiations. If Shea is to remain a Pred, he will have to take a hometown discount as all the ones Josh discusses are over paid. Josh also has a few notes from this morning.
Dirk Hoag sat down with Brian Poile for an interview and posts the result. Will he eventually follow in his father's footsteps as a GM some day? He also delves into the Cato Study that we linked the other day on ticket scalping and the free market system.
Jim Diamond has the story of the annul Predators Community Day today and tells where you might run into a Predator flipping burgers. He also discusses the new look Francis Bouillon.
Amanda DoPaolo reviews Shane O'Brien's first night on the job with the Preds.
Hockey's future looks at the Milwaukee Admirals outlook for for this season.
The Admirals started the season with a win against Abbottsford on Saturday and a loss to Peoria yesterday. Matt Halischuk and Linus Klasen each had two goals on Saturday and Mark Dekanich played well in goal Saturday and was perfect in relief yesterday after Chet Pickard had to be pulled.
Around the NHL...
Ryan Porth met up with Anaheim s Bobby Ryan on Saturday and provides this interview.
After the scary scene in Friday's game against the Caps when Ondrej Pavelec collapsed on the ice we get this from @BenThrashers: For the record, Ondrej Pavelec was placed on the IR yesterday so that Drew MacIntyre could be called up. He has also been released from the hospital.
You can continue to follow Michelle Kenneth's European vacation to Prague and the Coyotes-Bruins series here.
The Devils cap troubles and 20 man roster are increasingly becoming a nightmare with injuries to Brian Rolston and Anton Volchenkov. Also, a suspension to Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond may cause the Devs to play with nine forwards in their game this afternoon.
The clock is ticking in Phoenix on the year end deadline for a buyer to take the Coyotes. It doesn't not appear that much progress has been made. A second article points out even fore severe financial issues for the City of Glendale with their other sports venue expenditures.
The hapless Calgary Flames beat the Kings last night but lost Rene Bourque and Adam Pardy.
Intent to Blow has the story of the Florida Panthers going tarp crazy.
Odds and Ends...
We would again like to offer congrats to the Nashville RollerGirls for being one of 12 teams from across the country that earned a trip to the National Tournament in Chicago. Here is our story from yesterday.
If you are ever near Albuquerque, New Mexico, take a drive west for an hour and visit Acoma. They have a casino, but you go there to see the settlement on top of a huge butte.
In baseball, my Atlanta Braves missed a great opportunity to take a 2-1 lead over the San Francisco Giants but Brooks Conrad did his best Bill Buckner impression which led to the 3-2 loss in the ninth for the Braves. Tim Brown tries to put a human face on the demon that Conrad has become.
This is something I don't want to see when I'm on the west coast this coming weekend, dead beached whales.
Pepe Le Pew will return with the voice of Mike Myers. What would Shrek say about this?
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass