Wednesday's notes: Vancouver's Rypien goes Wild in Minnesota

Cheer up, Predators fans. Yes, the guys lost another winnable game last night in overtime, and yes, one of our star defenseman left due to injury, but... um... well... hey! Pekka Rinne looked great last night!

After the jump we've got lots of hockey news to distract from last night's game. Besides reaction from around the blogosphere, we have a Vancouver player going after a fan in Minnesota (with video), and a look at a new jersey for the Anaheim Ducks...

Sidney Crosby & the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Preds at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Use this special offer for OtF readers to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game this season.

Nashville Predators News

Weber’s strength is easy to see - Vancouver Sun
In a profile piece on Nashville's new captain, Vicki Hall highlights the personal loss he suffered over the summer.

3-0-2, Game Recap | PredsBlog
Sam gives some credit to Kevin Klein for stepping up in Suter's absence.

Preds On The Glass: Kiprusoff Out-duels Rinne in 1-0 Loss for Preds
The lack of goal-scoring almost had Ryan nodding off...

Nashville Predators lose more than a game Tuesday night - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamonds notes that pretty much only Steve Sullivan showed some fire in response to Sarich's aggression last night.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Injury Strikes Again; Preds Give Another Point Away
Robby speculates about a temporary partner for Shea Weber, and decides on ABK - anybody but Klein.

The View from 111: Flames Frustrate Predators With a 1-0 OT win
Mark cites the lack of power play results as playing a key role in the loss.

Preds lose Suter early, then lose to Flames in OT… | Section 303
Probably the best thing I heard about last night was Anders Lindback's appearance on the Megatron...

Predators Stay Undefeated In Regulation, Losing Again In OT - Predlines
Amanda notes that at least the Preds continued picking up point despite losing both games and players.

Suter Injured | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan mulls over the options for a callup from Milwaukee to shore up the Preds blueline. We'd assume that Alexander Sulzer will play, but they may still call up a 7th D.

Predators lose another player, another game in overtime | Nashville City Paper
Here's an interesting tidbit from David Boclair - the Preds have already lost as many OT games (OT, not shootout) as they did all last season.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper wonders if having Wade Belak in the lineup might have slowed Cory Sarich down. Personally, I doubt it.

Around the NHL

Rick Rypien's Fan Appreciation Night - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver's Rypien can expect a long suspension after he get into it with a Minnesota fan (video below).

Rypien faces disciplinary action after going at fan - The Province
Rypien's teammate Manny Malhotra sticks up for his fellow Canuck, but gets his facts all wrong in the process.


Let's all get over the hate for Alex Kovalev - Silver Seven
Panic is breaking out in Ottawa, and some are focusing on high-priced puck dangler Alex Kovalev as a target for criticism.

Versteeg on a learning curve - The Globe and Mail
Toronto's off to a good start, but Kris Versteeg will need to provide scoring punch if it's going to continue.

Late Roster Additions Are Hit Or Miss - From The Rink
Cory looks at the players who joined each team just before the start of the season, and how they're doing for their new squads. Shane O'Brien appears to be fitting in well here.

Hockey dads (and moms) told to chill - The Globe and Mail
Calgary officials are trying to get parents of youth hockey players to tone things down a little.

Former Referee Calls for Outlawing of Hits to the Head - NYTimes.com
Kerry Fraser is speaking out against the NHL's tolerance of dangerous hits. The league says all the right things about player safety, but you do have to wonder about the glacial pace of change when it comes to dealing with head shots.

Team Canada hopefuls: Part Deux - Buzzing The Net
Examining the prospects for Preds prospect Charles-Olivier Roussel to make Team Canada's entry at the World Juniors.

Leaked: New Anaheim Ducks third jersey by Reebok - Puck Daddy
Meh...

Down Goes Brown: A transcript of every hockey game ever broadcast
What? No fading-out-of-focus shot of an empty net before a late 3rd-period faceoff?

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