The top five stories from Bloggers’ Row and beyond for April 9:
1. Over the weekend, the Predators clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs before the puck even dropped in Denver on Saturday night. As Jeremy Gover at Section303.com and Ryan Porth at Smashville 24/7 both pointed out, it also marks the first time in franchise history that the Predators have finished ahead of the Red Wings in the regular season.
2. After clinching before game time, Saturday night’s game against Colorado was largely meaningless, but the Predators still burst out with a 6-goal outburst. However, Pekka Rinne saw unexpected action due to an Anders Lindback injury in the third period. Amanda DiPaolo of Inside Smashville, Jeremy Gover, Buddy Oakes of Preds on the Glass, Ryan Porth, and Robby Stanley of Hockey Night in Nashville each had game stories.
3. Seth Lake’s morning after opus at Inside Smashville tackles many stories from Saturday night’s game. However, Seth may be the only one to point out Gabriel Bourque’s historic tendency to surge late in the season and in the playoffs in both the QMJHL and the AHL.
4. The Predators and Red Wings begin their Stanley Cup Playoff round on Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena. Robby “Lord” Stanley provides his prediction – that the Predators will take the series in 7. Ryan Porth has the Predators as well, only in 6.