Sure, Predators fans, nobody's happy about seeing the team shut out twice in a row on home ice, but let's keep some perspective. The month of March (11-5-1) was incredibly successful, and two key forwards (Martin Erat and Joel Ward) just returned to the lineup last night.
Reminder: I'll be guest co-hosting Hockeybuzz Radio tonight 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, we've got one writer looking at Nashville as a potential dark horse in the Western Conference, an egregious offense to the hockey gods in Chicago, and a whole lot more...
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators are sneaky-hot - ProHockeyTalk
Are the Preds the best-kept secret in the Western Conference? James O'Brien makes that argument, in light of how everyone is fawning over the Red Wings' surge.
Long Term Contracts – Part I | Pro Sports Blogging
Dave Gutzman's obviously been hitting the crack pipe pretty hard, but wow, the visions he's having...
The View from 111: Kings End Losing Streak to Predators With 2-0 Win
Mark's looking ahead to the final four games of the season, rather than back at last night's loss.
Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Kings Break Streaks, Beat Preds 2-0
Buddy's recap has the post-game audio, so you can hear just how sapped of energy the guys were last night.
What The Puck: Los Angeles at Nashville: L 2-0
Rachel makes a deal - if the Preds bring a better effort Thursday, the fans will, too.
Preds Scorers Shutout Again as Kings Win 2-0 in Nashville - Brandon Felder
Brandon puts some of the blame on the "pass first, pass second, and pass third" mindset that the Preds fall into on occasion.
POD 3/31/10 at OnNashville | The Tennessean's Blog Directory
A prolific Predator makes the cut for OnNashville's picture of the day...
Around the NHL
Blackhawks fans snort in disgust at Toews/pig nose mural - Puck Daddy
This is phenomenal. Chicago once again starts celebrating way before this generation of Blackhawks have won a Stanley Cup, with a hilariously awful mural on public display.
American Hockey Fan: Hit up Sean Avery's Bar Tonight
Ritch files a report from Sean Avery's bar in New York City...
Expect These Playoff Newcomers To Excel In The Second Season - From The Rink
Cory hand-picks six playoff newbies who he expects to do well.
All Habs: Habs' Metropolit has shoulder injury, out 6-8 weeks
The former Nashville Knight's season is basically over after taking a hard hit against New Jersey.
The Blame Game: Calgary Flames
How did Calgary underachieve this season? Let Matt Reitz count the ways...
Good night: Uh oh | The Two-Line Pass
The Blackhawks' losing ways continue... should they be taken seriously or are they just cruising until the playoffs?
Josh Harding - torn labrum, surgery likely - Hockey Wilderness
The Minnesota goalie suffers a severe injury that will keep him busy in the summer recovering from it.
Mission accomplished! It's Hall or Seguin for the Oilers, for sure. - Cult of Hockey
The Edmonton Oilers have clinched last place in the NHL, assuring themselves, at worst, of the #2 pick in the draft.
Down Goes Brown: ESPN's NHL player survey: The missing questions
DGB gets the inside scoop on what hockey players think about a number of controversial NHL topics.