Tonight is our first recommended event for Preds fans looking for interesting things to do in the offseason. The Nashville RollerGirls have a home bout at Municipal Auditorium tonight at 5:30 that will be the closest thing to a a Preds game for skating excitement that you will see until next season.
Here is our Facebook event page as well as the RollerGirls web site that has all the details. The NRG also got some great pub in the Nashville Scene this week. If you've never been to derby, you need to give it a shot. If you have been, we know you will be there.
Make the jump for today's news and weekend links...
In Pred Nation...
Sam Page has the grades on Matt Halischuk.
Jeremy Gover has the Preds 13th best moment at Section 303.
Dirk Hoag highlights Colin Wilson in the number six highlight of the year.
Mark Willoughby discusses the root cause of the high price of gas at My View.
Whereas... Tom Callahan is into proclamation writing so it appears.
Jas Faulkner puts a wrap on the Predators season.
David Singleton takes a look at the Preds' season and also has a few comments on Ken Campbell.
Steven Cook accesses the Preds' offseason needs at the Tennessee Journalist.
Sharks 4 Canucks 3...
The San Jose Sharks jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night and then had to battle in the final minutes of the game to keep the Nucks at bay in route to a 3-2 win for their first win in the Western Conference finals.
The game was marred by an ongoing series of penalties that seemed to keep someone on the power play for the better part of the final two periods.
Atlanta to Winnipeg...
Sad... Birdwatchers Anonymous says Goodbye.
Interesting that the Braves game was bigger news than the Thrashers leaving at the AJC.
Paul McCann questions whether there has been a real deal done of if it is a media manipulation.
A fan blog at the AJC challenges the Thrashers not to accept a penny at today's select a seat event if the rumors are true.
Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club Vice President Stan Hauseman joined Hockey This Morning on Friday and did not sound too optimistic.
Craig Custance has a Q and A on the Thrasher's sale.
Could Teemuu Selanne end up in Winnipeg?
Here is the audio from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail on NHL Home Ice's Breakaway yesterday.
For the most up to date news on the Winnipeg view of the Thrasher's relocation, go to Illegal Curve.
Around the NHL...
Mike Russo reports the sad ending to the Derek Boogaard death with the coroners report saying that he died from alcohol and Oxycontin toxicity. He was in the NHLPA substance abuse program at the time of death. Here is the family's statement released through the NHLPA.
Katie Maximick takes the flasher girl to task for embarrassing female hockey fans everywhere who don't want to be associated with her behavior.
Will Ken Hitchcock end up in Minnesota?
Ex-official Kerry Fraser gave his thoughts on Ben Eager's activities in game two of the Nuck-Sharks series.
World Championship hero Mikael Granlund is going to play in Finland for one more year before he tries to make the Wild's roster.
Dick Ebersol explains why he is leaving NBC.
The second episode of Kingscast post season roundtable is up and includes footage of Jon Moncrief wo passed away Thursday.
Steve Lapore has the latest ratings for the Conference Championships.
The Red Light District has a look at the Memorial Cup with their new correspondent the Rink Rebel Erika.
Odds and Ends...
The CDC is now in the act with an emergency preparedness report in case of the zombie apocalypse.
The Arizona Republic obtained 256 emails from Pima Community College where mass-shooter Jared Loughner attended prior to going on a killing spree that killed six and wounded 13 last year. It's absolutely amazing that everyone was more worried about Loughner's rights when it appears that he struck fear into anyone that had contact with him.
Justin B**ber is going to create a female scent. So what else is new?
This is about a half mile from my house. Not sure if the store owner or the amateur robber with his finger in a plastic bag is stupider.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass