Even if you're not on Twitter, you may have heard about how active the NHL community is in social media (if you are on Twitter, you can follow me at @Forechecker). Last spring, for example, there were a series of "NHL Tweetups" that encouraged hockey fans who use Twitter to meet up on the first night of the NHL playoffs. The gathering here in Nashville was one of the largest in North America (with roughly 100 people), and helped sooth the wounds of Predators fans whose team had just missed the postseason.
The big news this morning is that the lady who started the "NHL Tweetup" movement, Dani Muccio, has been hired by an NHL team to coordinate their social media efforts. We've got that, and a whole lot more, in your morning news and notes below...
But first, this note:
SB Nation is conducting a survey to learn more about our readers, and I'd appreciate your completing it. The blog which has the highest portion of its membership fill out the survey gets $500 to donate to the charity of its choice. Can we raise $500 for perhaps the Predators Foundation, folks?
Nashville 3, Blues 2: Post-game comments - STLtoday
Chris Mason on the Blues' loss to the Preds yesterday: "We just got outworked … it’s disgusting. It’s unacceptable."
The View from 111: Predators Refuse to Lose, Come Back to Beat the Blues 3-2
Mark applauds the gritty effort the Preds showed yesterday.
What The Puck: Nashville at St. Louis: W 3-2
Rachel makes the savvy point that while Chris Mason stonewalled his teammates, the guys who did score yesterday were never on the Preds with him.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Radio Tonight and Weekend Wrap-Up
Buddy's morning notes includes a preview of tonight's podcast, which includes Travis Hair from the Phoenix Coyotes blog Five For Howling.
Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
John Glennon muses that if Joel Ward needs to miss any game time, Andreas Thuresson might be the likely callup from Milwaukee. I'd go for Nick Spaling myself for more help on the PK, but I was impressed by Thuresson when he was with the Preds earlier this season.
While we're basking in the glow of yesterday's victory, check out the way Shea Weber deposited Patrik Berglund into the Blues' bench:
Around the NHL
The View from 111: Connecting and Communicating in a Wired World: Using Social Media to Build a Fan Base
This is flat-out awesome. Dani Muccio, known to hockey fans as @Dani3Boyz on Twitter, has been hired by the New York Islanders as their Director of Social Media.
Coyotes Set Records All Over the Place in 3-2 Win Over Stars - Five For Howling
Phoenix is obliterating franchise records left and right this season, and now have to be considered a legitimate threat to come out of the Western Conference playoffs.
San Jose drops sixth straight in blowout to Edmonton; Phoenix rockets into first - Fear The Fin
The Sharks, meanwhile, are already in playoff form.
Blog Roundtable: Second City Hockey, The Fifth Feather and Blackhawk Up - Blackhawk Up
A trio of Chicago blogs discuss the momentum of the Blackhawks as the playoffs approach, and Phoenix catches up with the Western Conference leaders.
Five Hole Fanatics: Pass Me Whatever That Dude's Smoking
Kent administers Calgary head coach Brent Sutter a dose of reality.
Video: Langkow in good condition following puck to the neck - Puck Daddy
Gads, this was nasty - and could have been much worse...
The Kesler Signing : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog
Tom's a big fan of Ryan Kesler's new 6-year, $30 million contract with Vancouver.
Steals and Late Bloomers - Nucks Misconduct
A look at some NHL draft day steals from recent memory, which includes quite a few current and former Predators.
Best and Worst Faceoff Takers since 1997 - Behind The Net
Three former Predators (and one current one) top the list of top faceoff men over the last several years. Thankfully, no Preds show up at the bottom of the list either.
Lastly, here's video of Teemu Selanne's milestone achievement, his 600th NHL goal: