WINNIPEG, CANADA - OCTOBER 9: Winnipeg Jets fans celebrate outside the MTS Centre before the Winnipeg Jets game against the Montreal Canadiens before NHL action at the MTS Centre on October 9, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The game is Winnipeg's first NHL regular season game in 15 years. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
Yesterday was all about the Winnipeg Jets playing the first game of their new era in Winnipeg, and even though we feel bad for hockey fans in Georgia who lost the Thrashers, you can't help but congratulate the hockey-mad city of Winnipeg for getting back in the NHL game.
Our morning notes touch on that big party, as well a look back the Predators' opening weekend, an ugly brawl in the KHL, and a whole lot more...
Nashville Predators News
The Preds Give Me A Black Eye; Blues Fans Give One to Themselves (Part 1/2) | Predators AJenda
AJ took one for the team Saturday night...
Inside Smashville " Spaling takes on top-six forward role with Fisher out of lineup
It speaks volumes that Nick Spaling is centering guys like Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn and Patric Hornqvist, while Cal O`Reilly doesn't.
Weekend Hindsight " Music City Mindset
Ryan looks back on his favorite elements from the two wins.
VIDEO: Preds fans featured on broadcast after taking to the road… | Section 303
In case you missed it during Saturday's Preds/Blues telecast, the team featured the 303 road trippers in a 1st intermission video segment.
Smashville 24/7: Getting to know Blogger's Row: Patten Fuqua
It's nice to know that someone on Blogger's Row has at least some training in journalism.
Nashville Predators make statement with two wins to start season - The Tennessean
And that statement is... "wow, our goalie's good."
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Jets on a Deadline: Canadiens v. Jets–Oct 9, 2011 | Illegal Curve Hockey
Even though they got hammered by Montreal 5-1, it was a delirious party in Winnipeg as the Jets made their home debut.
Gary Bettman gets warm Winnipeg welcome - The Globe and Mail
The giddiness in Winnipeg even spilled over in the Commissioner's favor.
Canadiens F Cammalleri leaves game against Jets - TSN
A tough break for Mike Cammalleri, suffering a cut above his knee from a teammate's skate blade. The weird thing is that they had to stop play so that he could be taken to the dressing room, because the rink in Winnipeg doesn't have the tunnel running right to the bench.
Oilers Open Season with 2-1 Win; Eberle's Was Nicer - The Copper & Blue
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the 1st overall pick in this summer's NHL Draft, scored his first goal to help the Oilers pull this one out.
Betts Fails Physical, Returned To Flyers - KuklasKorner
Well, so much for that trip through the waiver wire.
Blue Jackets vs. Predators Scoring Chances, 10.7.2011 - The Cannon
For those who like tracking scoring chances, here's a review of Friday's win at Columbus.
Brodeur is a Fraud: Goalie Effects on the Jack Adams Award
An interesting way to look at the pre-season favorites for the award which goes to the NHL's top coach.
Line Combo Look - Saad, Landeskog, Brassard, RHN, Langebrunner... - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
For you fantasy hockey managers, Jay looks at recent develops among line combinations, and how that could affect your strategy.
Fight Video: Another line brawl for KHL goons Vityaz Chekhov - Puck Daddy
More evidence that the KHL is still a few decades behind the NHL on hockey's evolutionary scale. This clip happens to include former Predator Jamie Lundmark, who is now with Riga.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard suspended two games - Hockey Wilderness
Did Bouchard's stick get lifted up by the victim here, Matt Calvert, or did Bouchard take a swipe at Calvert's face?