Tuesday's notes: Solving the enigma that is Colin Wilson's groin

Are you looking for relief from the never-ending stream of news about Tiger Woods? Well, you've come to the right place this morning.

After the jump, we've got a tremendous amount of Nashville Predators and NHL news to tackle, starting off with a half-price ticket offer that can help with your holiday shopping...

This arrived from the Thom Abraham Show, which can be heard on 560-AM WNSR from 12-3 weekdays (you can also catch streaming audio at WNSR.com). For my money, Thom is the most hockey-savvy sports radio host in the Nashville market, and loves to talk Preds, so I'd encourage you to give him a listen. Today, however, he's got some half-priced Preds tickets available for you (or for that special someone you're still shopping for this Christmas):

Today is day nine of The 12 Days of a Dawghouse Christmas! Get great stocking stuffers for the next two weeks at half price! Be sure to log on to http://wnsr.halfoffdeals.com/ today to get 3 pairs of Nashville Predator tickets at half-price! You will receive two tickets each to Sat. Jan. 9th v. Ducks, Sat. Feb 6th v. San Jose, and Sat., March 20th v. Columbus.  200 level. This is a $180 value for $90! Also, be sure to check out B.B. Kings and golf at Kings Creek... all at half price!

Predators News

The 303:30 – roster moves, re-naming 501 Broadway and… mustaches? - Section 303
Be sure to check out the latest podcast from Jeremy & Codey at Section 303. Great stuff, as always.

Hockey-less in Memphis: withdrawal...
When you have to come all the way from Memphis to catch a Predators game, a stinker like the Minnesota loss "Stays With You".

Pity Party - Hockey Independent
David Singleton stews over the way younger players like Mike Santorelli and Patric Hornqvist have been used (or misused) by Barry Trotz, within the context of the Predators budget-driven team-building style.

Predators coach poised to make changes with Vancouver in town - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair writes that Trotz is poised to shuffle the roster a bit heading into tonight's game. I'd be OK with seeing Hornqvist on the top line with Arnott & Sullivan, with Erat & Dumont centered by Cal O'Reilly.

Predators' top prospect sees healthier days - The Tennessean
The Preds are hopeful that a recent diagnosis has provided the key to resolving Colin Wilson's lingering groin issues.

Around the NHL

Central: Hitchcock won't be going anywhere - NHL.com
NHL.com's weekly look at the Central includes a look at how a healthy lineup has helped the Preds make their rise through the standings.

Mason Has Disease That Is Affecting Performance - Eric Smith
The Columbus blogger finds out why Steve Mason hasn't followed up well on his Calder Trophy-winning rookie season.

Wings Zone Analysis - Nightmare on Helm Street
Chris breaks down the NHL ice surface in terms of Detroit's performance... which hasn't been pretty.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere: Still An Elite Goaltender - Hockey Or Die!
Jonathan Willis makes the case that Anaheim's J.S. Giguere is back to being a top-notch goalie.

Habs said: 'We have a surprise'
A great story about the lead-up to the retirement of Elmer Lach's number by the Montreal Canadiens last week.

mc79hockey.com - The Consequences of Horrendous Failure
With a cap-max team heading for the draft lottery, Edmonton fans are in a serious funk.

The Hockey News: Poor attendance will impact players
Chicken Little (oops, I mean Ken Campbell) worries that the league is going down the toilet due to low attendance. When he talks about the players not being likely to get much, if any of their salary escrow (18 percent) back, he ignores the fact that part of that blame goes to the players. They voted to use the "5% inflator" to lift this year's salary cap higher than the financials would otherwise dictate, effectively raising their own escrow 5% just to give last summer's crop of free agents more room on the market.

Burke eager to finalize American Olympian roster - NHL.com
The GM of Team USA ruminates over his choices, ahead of the official unveiling of the American Olympic roster at the Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

mental_floss Blog " 8 Franchise Relocations That Fell Through
Among a list of various sports teams that almost, but ultimately didn't move are the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, and Toronto Maple Leafs...

Martin Brodeur Earns 103rd Career Shutout as New Jersey Devils Beat Buffalo Sabres, 3-0 - In Lou We Trust
Last night against Buffalo, New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuk's all-time NHL shutout record with his 103rd.

Tocchet Benches Everyone - PuckUpdate
Amid all the talk about Vincent Lecavalier, we get word that coach Rick Tocchet isn't happy with the effort he's getting out of many top players in Tampa.

Behind the Lens Eastern Road Trip - Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks have actually been in Nashville for a few days now, and have a photo gallery of shots as players walked around downtown.

Talking trades: Demitra to Rangers, O’Brien to anyone - CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
J.J. talks up a couple trade possibilities surrounding tonight's guest in Nashville, the Vancouver Canucks.

NHL should eliminate points system - Shorthanded Breakaway
What? Basing the NHL standings on "Wins" and "Losses"? That's crazy talk!!!

Power Play: It's all about the goalies - ESPN
Scott Burnside touches on a number of topics from around the league.

Darren McCarty retires - All Things Avs
Adrian Dater provides a respectful take from the Colorado perspective on the retirement of longtime Red Wing Darren McCarty. What do Preds fans think of this classic grinder's career? He played a big part in two sports moments I'm happy to say I got to see in person; his pummeling of Claude Lemieux on March 26, 1997, and the Cup-winning goal he scored in Game 4 of the '97 Stanley Cup Finals.

In honor of McCarty's retirement, I'll leave you with some video from that fateful night when Lemieux and the Avalanche came to Detroit, for a pivotal game in the greatest NHL rivalry in recent memory:


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