As the Tennessee Titans continue to struggle on the football field, the question I asked last Sunday only becomes more relevant; will their struggles ultimately provide an opportunity for the Nashville Predators to make headway in the local sports market? That 's a storyline I suspect we'll be following over the next few months.
For now, however, let's dig into your morning news and notes as the Preds prepare for 3 games in 4 nights against conference rivals Edmonton, Dallas and Chicago. We've got a new treatment being used to help Colin Wilson get into the Predators lineup in the near future, two outstanding pieces on social media and the NHL, and another critical player on a Western Conference rival goes down to injury. All this and more after the jump...
Platelet treatment helps Predators prospect heal - The Tennessean
John Glennon brings good news on the injury front; Colin Wilson may be close to an NHL debut, and J.P. Dumont is skating again.
Preds On The Glass: Predators Face Edmonton to Start Busy Week
Preds On the Glass Radio takes a two-week hiatus starting tonight (since there's a game) and will return on October 26.
Predator prospect roundup - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond provides a weekly update on how Nashville's prospects are faring in junior hockey and the NCAA.
Impotent Offensive Effort Wastes Rinne’s Stellar Goaltending - Hockey Independent
Given Mark W.'s headline, perhaps a prescription of Cialis might provide a boost to the Nashville attack. But the thought of David Legwand and Martin Erat sitting side by side in separate bathtubs is just too disturbing to contemplate.
Admirals Waiver Status - Admirals Short Shifts
Eric tries to determine which Admirals could be called up and/or sent down between Milwaukee and Nashville while having to clear waivers (and potentially getting picked up by another NHL team). If he's right, only defenseman Nolan Yonkman would be at risk.
Around the NHL
The NHL in the Social Media World: Greg Wyshynski - Hockey From the Cheap Seats
The week-long series on social media in hockey kicks off with Puck Daddy himself...
Inside Hockey - CBC.ca Video
Elliot Friedman provides a look at how social media impacts the personal lives of NHL players in a video report.
Cal Clutterbuck: Worldwide Leader in Hits? - Behind The Net
Taking a look behind the supposed all-time record performance that the Minnesota forward put in last season.
Even-Strength Goaltender Shot Quality since the Lockout - Behind The Net
An interesting look at goalie save percentage during Even Strength play only; Mitch Korn should use this when he asks David Poile for a raise.
CANUCKS' DANIEL SEDIN OUT 4-6 WEEKS WITH BROKEN FOOT - TSN
A big loss for the Canucks as Daniel (the goal scorer, not the setup guy) Sedin will miss the next several weeks.
A Theory of Ice: Game 3: Elevation
"E" identifies the biggest problem facing the game of hockey today. As always, Theory of Ice will provide some of the most entertaining hockey reading you'll find out there.
Fans want new commish; better TV - The Hockey News: Jim Boone's Blog
One of the leaders of the NHLFA (NHL Fans Association) shares the results of their latest mini-poll. Unfortunately, I don't think the guys who draw up these polls realize that Gary Bettman's job isn't to win popularity contests.