No time to rest as the next round starts tonight for the Canucks. Some thoughts and links to previews/analysis later today, but sometimes the best way to get to know your playoff opponent is to get to know the people that know them the best.


Seth Street and Jake Old from Fang Faction offered to amuse me with answers in record time last night about the Vancouver-Nashville matchup.

Fang Faction is one of the newest additions to Bloguin, and launched really just in time for the playoffs. I'm sure we'll hear from the boys as the series goes on but for now be sure to add @FangFaction on twitter. From the bloggers I know that are Predator fans, they are good people, though they do seems to get a little jumpy every time a Vancouver writer pens a piece about Shea Weber not re-signing* in Nashville.

What is the biggest weakness that Nashville has going into the series?

I think they've had two notable weaknesses from the previous round and late in the season: slow starts and giving up big leads. I still have trouble thinking about that 3-0 against the Red Wings they let slip away late in the season. They also spotted Anaheim two easy goals early in two different games in that series. That has to stop for the Preds to win.

If you had to pick one player from your team that would be easy for other teams to hate on, who would it be?

Either Shane O'Brien or Jordin Tootoo. They play hard and physical (or as other teams would say, dirty) and it seems like fans of every team we play usually have nothing but bad things to say about them. Plus Toots can also rack up points, so it will more than likely make him hated even more.

How much do Nashville fans love Shane O'Brien? Is it considered a success if he doesn't get a penalty in a night?

Nashville fans always have a soft spot for O'Brien in their hearts, mostly because he is so effective at getting under the skin of opposing players (and fans for that matter). It's considered a success if he is physical and probably actually committing penalties that just aren't called. But it is frustrating as hell when he commits some dumb penalty to give the opposing team all the momentum at a critical point in a game.

It seems that Nashville fans are all 'good people', will playing a series against your team make me hate you?

Yes, you will hate us all. Just kidding. I don't think our fans are that bad (not as bad as Detroit fans anyway...but then again, nobody is that bad)...however I probably just think that because I'm a Predators fan.


Well, I'm a Preds fan, so I have to pick the Predators! Though it won’t be an easy series for us. We played well against Vancouver in the regular season, and as long as we keep the Brothers Sedin, Burrows and Ehrhoff in check; I think we can take it in six games. Possibly even five if Pekka Rinne can continue to play his stellar game. We’ll see, like I said it won’t be easy, especially since Luongo finished the regular season as second best goalie, and played brilliantly last night. Hopefully for us he will play sluggish like he did earlier in the series against Chicago.  It will be a fun series regardless!

*Relax he will re-sign otherwise he wouldn't have accepted the captaincy during the summer. Right? right.