Pekka Rinne moved into first place in the all time season's win total with last night's 4-2 win over Colorado. It was a very workmanlike game that moved the Predators to 85 points, only four behind Detroit, who will be at the Bridgestone on Saturday night.
The Predators appear to be fairly well locked in to the 4-5 match in the first round against Detroit or Sr. Louis. This would be a brutal match with either opponent. I think that a better match-up would be with the Wings, especially if the Preds could move into fourth.
However, the division is far from set with the Blues heading out on a seven game road trip starting on Sunday. The Wings and Preds are both headed to the west coast so anything could happen if any of the thre teams slip.
On another front, Alexander Radulov's KHL schedule has ended so there is plenty of speculation about a return to the Predators. If he were to return, he would join an already crowed roster that has five solid forward lines and four defensive pairings.
I'm sure if he came back to Smashville Barry Trotz could find a place to put him.
Here is our game story from last night. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Doug Brumley (Preds.com)
John Manasso (NHL.com)
Jim Diamond (The Examiner)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - One More Thing
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303) LeftGovers - Rads Watch
Patten Fuqua (Puck Scene)
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Paul McCann (HockeyBuzz)
Mile High Hockey
The Avalanche Guild
Audio from the Predators comes from....
From Colorado, we hear from...
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Ryan Suter
2. Sergei Kostitsyn
3. Paul Stastny
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass