How goes the old saw? The month of March comes "in like a lion, and out like a lamb"? Well, with an 11-4-1 record heading into tonight's tilt with Los Angeles, the Nashville Predators have charged through the month like a rampaging army.
Radio Alert 1: The NHL Network's Dave Reid will be on the Thom Abraham Show during the 3:00 hour this afternoon.
Radio Alert 2: I'll be guest co-hosting Hockeybuzz Radio tomorrow with Paul McCann, live from Dave & Busters at Opry Mills from 6:00-7:00 on WNSR. Guests will include Craig Custance of the Sporting News, St. Louis Blues analyst and former NHL goaltender Darren Pang, and Milwaukee Admirals radio play-by-play man Aaron Sims.
After the jump, John Glennon breaks down the Preds' busy month, there's a host of reaction to last night's win in Florida, and a former Predator goes into a Hall of Fame...
Dateline Sunrise: Panthers Caught by the Predators in OT - On Frozen Pond
You've gotta love this excerpt from the Miami Herald game recap: "Belak, traded to the Preds from the Panthers on Thanksgiving Day in 2008, was playing in his first game since Feb. 12. Belak didn't win the fight, but he did give the crowd a laugh when he was captured puckering up to the 'kiss cam' during the second period."
Preds On The Glass: Top Eleven Tweets Celebrating David Legwand's Goal
Buddy captured the online celebration after David Legwand scored for the first time since January 2nd, but fans couldn't see it because it wasn't televised.
The View from 111: Predators Creep past the Cats, Beat Florida 3-2 in Overtime
It wasn't pretty, but it was good enough. Mark admires the fact that the Preds kept battling after giving up a late lead.
See Puck City: Preds Mauled By Panthers But Survive To Tell The Tale In OT: Win 3-2
SPC chides the Preds for melting down early in the 3rd, but credits them for coming back to win the game.
Yanic Perreault to be inducted into Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame
Jim Diamond brings news of a nice honor for a fan-favorite in Nashville.
Busy month ends today for Predators - The Tennessean
John Glennons sums up an incredible busy, but successful month for the Preds. There's a bright side, however; other Western teams have a couple more games to play down the stretch, while Nashville can at least get a day or two off.
Around the NHL
Hanson Brother talks surreal demise of 'Slap Shot' Chiefs - Puck Daddy
The circle becomes complete; "Slap Shot" built off the real-life adventures of the Johnstown Jets, and now the local team is heading south, just as in the movie.
The party has ended, the memories linger - NHL.com
Paul Kukla chronicles a very cool event that Red Wings fans hosted recently, flying a fan in from Brazil to see a hockey game, while raising funds for a children's hospital.
Groupthink, Confirmation Bias, Hockey Fans And Microstats - The Copper & Blue
A great piece by Derek Zona on the value of statistical analysis in hockey. Put bluntly, most sports fans quickly come to a conclusion based on their own limited observations, and become more beholden to those notions over time.
RTSS stats: Giveaways, Takeaways, and Throwaways - The Copper & Blue
Bruce McCurdy examines whether Giveaways and Takeaways are worth looking at for analytical purposes. I haven't bothered with them in years, because there is little to no consistency in how they are recorded in various NHL arenas.
THE DESERT DOG BLOG: FIDDLER READY TO DASH TO DELIVERY ROOM - The Desert Dog Blog
A little Fiddler is on the way!
I Believe - Mile High Hockey
Despite a late-season swoon by the Avs, one fan is keeping the faith that they can make some noise in a playoff return.
Randy Moller's Bizonker Goal Calls - Litter Box Cats
Building on yesterday's game at Florida, take in the Panthers radio man's uniquely awesome goal calls.
Questions mount about Canucks O'Brien - The Globe and Mail
What's going on with Vancouver's SOB?
Preds On The Glass: NHL's Daly Denies Coyote to Winnipeg Rumors
There's a good reason why whispers of Winnipeg surround the Coyotes these days. The City of Glendale needs to amend the arena lease to make hockey more viable in the desert. The possibility of losing the team is still very real, forcing some hard choices on them.