As I write this morning, Middle Tennessee feels more like Canada than usual for this time of year as the digital thermometer says that it is 5.6 degrees Fahrenheit and there is still a cover of snow on the ground.
The Predators earned a day off today as they try to conserve energy in the midst of this five game in eight night stretch that they are in now. The Predators have no won six of their last seven and got a loser point in the seventh game.
A quick look at the standings at the end of last night play shows the astounding fact that the Predators are in fourth place in the Western Conference after falling as low as 13th place just a few weeks ago. Before anyone gets too giddy, two less points will get you 11th place in the tightly knotted Western Conference.
I hit the three stars on target with 1-Lindback, 2- Hornqvist, and 3- Kostitsyn after toying with the idea of giving Kevin Klein the third star for his birthday. Hornqvist's second goal late in the game moved him into the top three.
I will co-host Ryan Porth's RLD Hockey Radio today at Noon Central. Ryans guests include Preds Radio man, Tom Callagan, Sean Leahy from Puck Daddy, and DC writer, Cory Masisak.
Here is our game story from last night with Barry Trotz's postgame presser.
Anders Lindback got the night's third star at Puck Daddy for his second consecutive shut out.
Josh Cooper had his game story, notes and postgame ponderings.
Jim Diamond has a nice piece with emphasis on team play with Nick Spaling and Cody Franson as cases on point.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper where he looks at the Preds' defensemen's dexterity.
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Jeremy Gover, Chris Burton, and Hockey Night in Nashville.
Wes Cunningham has pictures from the game at Inside hockey.
For the Isles view of the game check out Chris Botta, Lighthouse Hockey, Dee Karl, IslesBlogger, Islanders.com, and The Islanders Aggregator.
In Preds Nation...
Before Nick Spaling cam up with his first goal last night, there were two stories about him. Eric Shuff spotlights Spaling for FS TN. He is also looking for his first goal of the year.
The Jib Jabs are going crazy in Pred Nation. Here is Ryan's Rocking Blogger's Row, Jeremy's Row Dance, and the Hockey Tonk Angels Dance. I really want to see the one of the Preds players. is anyone ready to take on the farters?
Josh Farrar at Fang Finger Fever is looking for a bit of life advice from his friends in a non-hockey post.
Around the NHL...
The Glendale City Counsel has the hearing and vote on the proposed lease for keeping the Coyotes in Jobbing.com Arena. They will shell out the big bucks to keep the team there if the vote goes as expected. The Yotes part is #23 on this agenda (starting on page 23) after a lot of discussion about liquor licenses. For those wanting to watch the proceedings, it will be on the net here starting at 7 p.m. local time.
The NHL three stars of the week went to Ryan Clowe, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Rick Nash. Dirk Hoag points out that Anders Lindback was better than Fleury.
Cassie McClellen has more on the "respect" issue in the NHL at From the Rink.
Chris Botta has a potpourri of stuff and has Pekka as "one to Watch" for the Vezina.
Jody Shelly reacts to his two game suspension on Flyers TV.
One Smart Pug takes a look at the difference a month makes for the Pens at From the Point.
Sports Business Journal has the Fifty most influential people in sports. Gary Bettman is number eleven. It must be bad to be behind Jerry Jones.
It appears the KHL wasn't all it was cracked up to be for Nabokov. From @dchesnokov: Nabokov's performance in the KHL was a lot to be desired. He will most likely sign with an NHL club for a lot less than he thought he would. Here is more from ESPN.
Justin Bourne talks about Alexander Ovechkin's 'statement fight" on Sunday night.
Adrian Dater sums up the Avalanche's ten day road trip including a stop at Gatorama.
Kingscast #81 is live and talks mullets among other things.
Tim Chipp has advice on cheering for a losing team at View From My Seats.
Here is a good description of a media scrum with the type of folks that are there.
AZ Vibe Sports has the final Tweet from Globe and Mail writer David Shoalt's efforts to have the Yotes leave the desert.
These girls form The Hockey News Network could give local sports guy, Rudy Kalis a run for his money on hockey knowledge.
Intent to Blow has the details of the controversy that Steve Stirling become embroiled in late Monday night.
Odds and Ends...
What was your favorite holiday moment from The Office. Here are thirty pictures to vote on.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass