From all reports, Predator fans had a banner day at the special practice and presentation at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin yesterday afternoon.
Long term, the highlight was a donation of $150,000 to A-Game to aid in development of youth an amateur hockey in the mid-state area.
Of a more immediate note was the excitement of many fans to see the Preds practice up close and personal. A select group of young players even got to skate with their favorite Predators in a practice setting.
The whole event was just another example of what good neighbors the Nashville Predators are to folks in and around the Nashville area.
Jim Diamond was on the scene and has a story with a picture slide show here. Mark Willoughby was also in attendence and has his reflections.
Ryan Porth's RLD Radio yesterday was interesting as we survived the elements to have great conversations with Long Island's Chis Botta and Carolina's Chip Alexander. Check out the podcast here.
In Pred Nation...
The Hockey-Tonk Angels are putting together a viewing part for the Preds-Ducks game on November 7 at Bleachers in Franklin. Go here for details and if you have not joined their group, go ahead and do so while you are there.
Section 303 has openings on their road trip to Atlanta on December 6. Here is more info.
Predators.com has Jay Levin's Western Conference notebook and a Milwaukee Admirals update.
Some of the more surprising news came from Milwaukee where the Ads sent Chet Pickard to Cincinnati and recalled Jeremy Smith in return. Pickard was off to a rough start and will benefit from a confidence boost at a lower level.
Bryan Mullen has news that Ryan Suter and Marcel Goc will miss both games this weekend as well as the word on J.P. Dumont's wife having their fourth child. He also has a post this morning on the Predators' balanced scoring.
David Boclair discusses using wings to fill the middle while injuries have taken their toll.
Chris Burton looks at the need for the Predators to protect their own players.
Stu Hackel has a nice piece in the New York Times explaining that the Nashville Predators are the Rodney Dangerfield of hockey.
Hockey Night in Nashville looks at Cal O'Reilly as an unsung hero in the first eight games.
More Power rankings are out. Brian Metzer at Versus has the Preds second. The SB ratings has the Predators as the best in the West.
Encouraging words from noted journalist @StanFischler: Predators are most overlooked, underrated NHL team. Most amazing coach, Barry Trotz; g.m. David Poile. AND my man, Gerry Helper!
Mikle Heika liked what he saw in the Preds over the weekend and writes about it at Versus.
From @PredsNHL: Tweetup time! This Saturday, Oct 30 @ 5:30pm, Otter's Chicken on Demonbreun. Enjoy some company and watch the #Preds battle the #Wings!
Around the NHL...
Some disturbing news for Avs fans from @adater: Per Mike Haynes aka @voiceoftheavs Craig Anderson hurt in warmup tonight, not on Avs bench. More... Craig Anderson hurt a knee in warmup - this sounds bad. Had to be helped off ice Adrian also gives us a video of the injury.
The Vancouver Sun has news of all the changes going down with The Hockey News. It will be a complete change from what folks are used to. How will it affect its 100,000 readership base?
Matt Reitz looks at the transition of some players from underrated to overrated.
Bad news for the future/present career of Sheldon Souray who has a broken hand from @TSNBobMcKenzie: Looks like Souray did the damage with a haymaker to the side of Matt (son of Kim) Clackson's head.
Justin Bourne has interesting insight into the art of goal scoring and how some are better than others on both sides of the puck.
John Grigg at TSN doesn't list Ryan Suter's absence as a top ten defenseman injury so far this season. It is fairly amazing that Cam Fowler makes the list and Suter doesn't.
From RT @sportsnetbroph: NHL officials have ratification vote today (Tue) on new CBA with NHL. Votes will be in by 11 a.m. Wed. and results announced one hour later.
The Financial Post has a rundown of new technology available to fans to listen to and watch games on their mobile devices.
XM Home Ice rolled out a new TV commercial advertising their coverage of every NHL game on their service.
Adrian Dater gets down to brass tacks on sayings when your team is going bad.
In a similar vein, Stay Classy has a list of ways to tell if your team is struggling.
Intent to Blow has the story of Sergei Kostitsyn filing suit against his brother Andrei.
Odds and Ends...
Be careful what you do in your social media world because lawyers are always lurking in the background.
The Fox-Dish dispute is driving folks to "illegal websites" to watch games. Imagine that. The New York Daily News alleges that a Cablevision employee was advising a customer how to watch games on the internet.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass