We hope everyone had a great weekend since the world did not come to an end on Saturday. Luckily, we were still able to go see the Nashville RollerGirls defeat Jet City from Everette, Washington 156-67. There were several somewhat skeptical first-timers there and all were impressed and became die-hard fans. Your next opportunity to see the ladies in action is on June 18.
Two more off-season activities for Preds fans are set this week wit a group viewing of The Hangover 2 on Thursday at the Thoroughbred 20 (details soon) and a night at the Sounds Baseball game on Friday.
Make the jump to see today's news as well as details about special edition of RLD Hockey Radio at noon today...
Today at Noon Central, Ryan Porth will present a special edition of RLD Hockey Talk at 1 PM ET that will feature Richard Pollock from @IllegalCurve in Winnipeg and Launy "The" Schwartz of Hockey 54 in Toronto to give an opposing view to the relocation.
In Pred Nation...
Jim Diamond has an update on Ryan Suter's summer plans which includes plenty of family time.
David Climer is talking about doomsday if Shea Weber doesn't sign.
The Edmonton Journal has a nice feature story on Shea Weber.
Dirk Hoag has news of the Predators posibly signing defensive prospect Victor Bartley who was slated to play in the Swedish Elite League before the change of plans. Today, Dirk is up early with his morning links.
Robby Stanley takes an early look at the Predators at the NHL Awards.
Jeremy Gover has predators moments 11 and 12 in his top 15 countdown.
UAB Magazine profiles our friend Rebecca Dobrinski who has become the leading expert on the history of hockey in Nashville.
Jerred Smithson's father, Bernie is still playing hockey for the Lotus Gardens team in British Columbia.
Canucks 4 Sharks 2...
Yesterday's game in San Jose was a textbook lesson on how special teams should play. The Canucks killed five straight penalties in the first 22 minutes of the game and then scored three power play goals in a span of less than two minutes to take the lead and never looked back in route to their 4-2 victory over the Sharks.
The Canucks only had 13 shots during the contest. Henrik Sedin assisted on all four goals while brother Daniel was in on three. Sami Salo had two goals 16 seconds apart.
The series shifts back to Vancouver on Tuesday where the Canucks can wrap up the Western Conference title and have a few days off before the East is concluded.
Lightning at Bruins...
After taking a 3-0 lead on Saturday, the Boston Bruins fell apart and allowed the Tampa Bay Lightning to score five unanswered goals in route to a 5-3 win. Mike Smith came in to replace Dwayne Roloson but will not get the start tonight in Boston with the series is tied 2-2. Game time is 7 p.m. CDT on Versus.
Atlanta to Winnipeg...
The Atlanta rally to save the Thrashers only had a couple of hundred folks show up and the select-a-seat event was even more sparsely attended. Here is a video of a few fans in attendance. The Atlanta Hawks mascot showed up but Thrash did not. Maybe he flew north.
Jeff Schultz says Gary Bettman wants to make it hurt for the Atlanta Spirit.
Illegal Curve's podcast on Saturday was wall to wall on the news of the new Winnipeg team. Here is part one and part two. Their web site remains the best aggrigator on all news team Winnipeg.
Around the NHL...
Tampa fans may have one upped Pred fans at the airport by making a human Lightning bolt.
Ryan at the RLD takes a look at the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. That was a good playoff year.
Michael Langlois takes a look at Brian Burke and his offseason plans.
Odds and Ends...
If you are following the destruction in Joplin, Missouri, you can listen to the police scanner here for the up to the second news.
Droid X users may be a closer to a Gingerbread update than ever before.
The new Pirates of the Caribbean 4 set international records at the box office but did not do as well domestically.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass