Thursday's news: Hit the road with the Nashville Predators

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 13: Anders Lindback #39 of the Nashville Predators is congratulated by teammate Ryan Suter #20 after getting a win in his first NHL start against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on October 13 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Tonight vs. St. Louis and Saturday against Washington, the Preds' Silent Auction table will feature a rare item up for bid - the chance to travel with the team on a road trip later this season (November 2-7). It will include games in Phoenix, Los Angeles & Anaheim, and the winner will travel with the team, stay at the team hotel, etc. The bidding will run through Saturday night's game, so make sure to bring your checkbook and take your shot at what's sure to be a pretty incredible experience.

Follow after the jump for your morning hockey news, which features a host of reaction to last night's big win in Chicago, word that Bridgestone Arena has earned a major award, and a look at Wade Belak, firefighter...

The St. Louis Blues make their first visit to Nashville tonight, and the Flying Ovechkins (err... the Washington Capitals) come in Saturday. Use this special offer for OtF readers to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home games this season.

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Predators Have Little Time to Celebrate, Blues Here Tonight, and Thursday Thoughts
Buddy explains why that new coworker of yours likes the smell of your brain..

Predators enforcer protects more than teammates, becomes a volunteer firefighter - Predlines
Wade Belak is already looking ahead to his post-playing days, having joined the Williamson County Fire Rescue Squad this summer.

Bridgestone Arena Wins IEBA Venue of the Year - Nashville Predators
Preds chairman Tom Cigarran has often said the vision for the organization is to develop Bridgestone Arena as the #1 sports & entertainment venue in the country, built upon a championship hockey team. The arena operations continue to pile up national awards, this time from the International Entertainment Buyers Association.

Getting Down to Business " CYCWORDS
Mike reviews the opening roster for the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones, where the Preds have a few prospects like Jeremy Smith (although he's temporarily up in Milwaukee as a consequence of Pekka Rinne's injury).

Predators Continue Strong Start By Defeating Stanley Cup Champs - Predlines
Nice buzzkill, Amanda! "Last season, the Predators also started the season 2-0-0 before going on to lose the next 6 games."

Lindback gets first career win as Preds eek one out in Chicago… | Section 303
Is Jeremy saying the team let out an "expression of fright or surprise"? I don't think so. Anyways, he makes the very salient point that 9 different Preds recorded points last night. Early in the year, you love to see everyone chip in like that.

2-0-0, Game Recap | PredsBlog
Well said here by Sam: "Overall it was a typical-Preds game with the shots telling the story: even in the first, bend-don’t-break in the second, strike in the third."

The View from 111: Predators Best Blackhawks 3-2
Mark admired the defensive performance by the Preds, locking down the Blackhawks when the game was on the line in the 3rd.

Red Light District: Preds Find Revenge in Chicago
Ryan notes that after they survived the first 10 minutes of the second period, the Preds took over the game last night.

What The Puck: 10/13/10 - Nashville at Chicago: W 3-2
Among other things, Rachel digs the Ward-Legwand-Smithson line's work.

Paul McCann - Demon Get Thee GONE! - Game Night!
Paul notes that these Preds have more offensive punch than many outside observers give them credit for.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Predators Defeat Blackhawks in Dramatic Fashion
Robby gives some credit to Martin Erat's absence last night.

Nashville Predators goalie Anders Lineback doesn't mind large crowd - The Tennessean
A win like this has to be a huge confidence booster for Anders the Giant.

Around the NHL

Puck Daddy SI Create-a-Cover Contest Winners, Full Gallery - Puck Daddy
Wow, hockey fans are a creative (and sick) bunch...

The 2010-2011 NHL season's weird and wacky Week 1 - From The Rink
Cassie hits on lots of interesting tidbits from around the league, including a note that as many as 13 NHL players are currently recovering from concussions.

Boxing with Blackhawks and Monsters in the Forest in Arnold movies, 10/13/10 | Blackhawk Up | A Chicago Blackhawks Blog
Blackhawk Up offers an attempt at a Committed Indian-style review of last night's box score.

Jackets Make Change To Game Ops - The Cannon
Interesting stuff here in Columbus, as they look to spice up their game presentation.

Lou Lamoriello: Brian Rolston to have surgery for sports hernia, out 4-6 weeks - In Lou We Trust
New Jersey gets a short-term fix for their cap woes as Brian Rolston will go on Long Term Injured Reserve. They'll still face major issues when he returns, however.

Bud Poile - My Grandfather's Leafs - Pension Plan Puppets
Get the scoop on the Hockey Hall of Famer and father of Preds GM David Poile.

On Frozen Blog › The Morning After: It Was Sloppy, But It Was A Win
The Washington Capitals fought off the Islanders last night, and look ahead to Saturday's tilt in Nashville.

Pro sports quietly discovering depth of performance-enhanced cheaters, WADA chief says - thestar.com
Does hockey have a PED problem? 

Spector's Hockey - NHL Will Be Expensive for Winnipeg.
Spector wonders whether Winnipeg can really support an NHL team in the long run.

Bob Cole among the greats of Canadian broadcasting - Scott Morrison
My favorite hockey play-by-play man receives a lifetime achievement award.

AHL Salary Charts - The Copper & Blue
Now here's something you don't see every day...

What’s in a Guarantee? | The Business of Sports
Examining the dynamics of guarantees made by sports teams, including the St. Louis Blues. If they don't make the playoffs, some season ticket holders will only pay half-price this season.

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