Monday's news: Did the Predators' good start spoil a Dallas guarantee?

The Monday after a Predators win certainly feels a little better, doesn't it? Of course, the fact that it was couple with a Titans loss raises an interesting question for the Nashville sports fan.

Meanwhile, back in Dallas, color commentator Daryl Reaugh is back-pedaling from his "guarantee" that the Stars would win the game Saturday night. His actual words?

In the epiphany of epiphanies I have just guaranteed the Stars will open the season 1-0.

I did so on The Ticket this morning during fellow Emmy-endowed broadcast journalist Gordon Keith's apprpriately[sic] branded "Gordo's Corner", and I backed it up with a commitment to purchase every fan in attendance a ticket to another game should the unthinkable unfold and the Stars lose to the Predators this weekend. (won't happen...but if it does...)

Well, instead they've opened up 0-0-1, and folks are asking when they'll get their tickets. Unfortunately, "Razor" doesn't see it that way:

What's that? It was not a Stars win as I had guaranteed. Really? Wasn't it?

Let's review.

The Stars outshot the Preds 40-26...win.
The Stars won the 3rd period 1-0...win.
The Stars hit two posts to the Preds one...win.
The Stars won the "knock a player out of the game" 1-0 because Modano came back for the shootout...win

And so on.

You get the picture.

Razor, you need to make good on your promise, regardless of how stupid it was to make in the first place. Especially in these economic times, you don't dangle stuff out there like that and then renege.

OK, enough of the bile - after the jump, your daily dose of Predators and NHL news...

Predators News

Predators' Colin Wilson might not go to AHL - The Tennessean
John Glennon gets the scoop on the last remaining big question from training camp - will Colin Wilson start playing in Nashville or Milwaukee, once he recovers from his groin injury?

Big Kev's Thoughts on Hockey: My head hurts from all the math...
Juggling the numbers to figure out just what kind of offense we can expect out of a healthy Predators lineup.

Trotz laid out his ‘road map’ and Preds responded - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair talks with Barry Trotz about the gameplan that the Preds hope leads to more road victories this season.

The View from 111: Youth Doesn't Care About History
Mark shares an observation by Jason Arnott from last week's Faceoff Luncheon, and how it directly related to Nashville pulling out the win in Dallas on Saturday.

Video: Robidas's hit on Dumont, and the head-checking debate - Puck Daddy
Greg Wyshynski does a nice job of holding up Saturday night's Robidas-Dumont hit as an example of why trying to eliminate hits to the head is so problematic for the NHL.

Around the NHL

Hockey heroes and figure skating champs avoid ugly spills in Battle debut - NHL.com
What do you get when you mix the NHL with "Dancing With the Stars?" Yeesh...

Ranger Analysis: Michael Del Zotto earning the right to stay with the big club - Blueshirt Banter
In New York, the Rangers have given defenseman Michael Del Zotto a 9-game NHL tryout, after which they'll need to decide whether to return him to his junior club. It's a similar situation as exists between the Predators and 2009 1st-round draft pick Ryan Ellis.

Wang's Lighthouse deadline passes, script of mistrust continues - Lighthouse Hockey
The tone is getting decidedly dire on Long Island, where owner Charles Wang continues to make little headway towards getting his Lighthouse Project approved. I don't pretend to command all the details of this struggle, but it sounds like Wang's patience is wearing thin, and that relocation might become a viable option for the Islanders.

Penalty Killers who Take Penalties - Behind The Net
Hawerchuk looks at the question of just how badly it hurts when a team's key penalty killer goes to the box.

Panthers sign center Dominic Moore to 1-year deal - Litter Box Cats
Florida picks a forward off the free agency scrap heap.

Erik Cole to Miss 4-6 Weeks - Canes Country
The early-season injuries start to pile up, as Carolina loses a key power forward.

I Know It Won’t Last - Jerseys and Hockey Love
Tapeleg points out that right now, Colorado is on top of the mountain. Of course, being the Avalanche, I guess that means they're headed downhill, fast?

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