The Nashville Predators finished off the preseason with a near perfect 7-1 record with the only blemish coming in a loss in second game of the doubleheader with the Florida Panthers on the third day of on ice activity.
There is very little to criticize and plenty to praise in what has transpired so far. Barry Trotz and David Poile are quietly confident that they have the pieces in place to do some damage in the incredibly balanced Western Conference.
The roster is now down to 25 healthy players (and Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon) with the final cuts expected at some point on Monday.
Make the jump for a round-up of last night's 2-1 win over Carolina from every angle possible...
From the Predators comes the game recap, Mully's Musings, and a video of Craig Smith.
Josh Cooper had his game story and postgame ponderings. He also speculates on who will be the last Pred out.
Jim Diamond touches writes about Craig Smith's successful battle for ice time in Nashville.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper where he says the Preds have a nice "problem" on defense.
Round-Up from the Row...
Here is our game story from last night and Barry Trotz's postgame video.
Ryan Porth discusses Craig Smith locking up his roster spot in the Predator victory.
Amanda DiPaolo analyzes the battle between Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm for the final defensive slots on the roster.
Jeremy Gover describes Craig Smith's ascent to the Preds roster as "unthinkable."
Robby Stanley discusses the Wisconsin connection on the Predators' roster.
Patten Fuqua looks at Colin Wilson's contributions to the Preds' win.
More reports come from Paul McCann, Mark Willoughby, Dirk Hoag and Predatorial.
The other side of the story comes from Canes Country and The News Observer,
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass