Thursday's notes: Preds getting silly

Are you ready, folks? At long last, hockey season opens today, with an 11:00 a.m. Central opening game between Carolina and Minnesota over in Helsinki, Finland.

Follow after the jump for all the news to kick off your season, along with a pair of hilarious radio segments featuring some of your favorite Preds...

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Nashville Predators News

60 Silly Seconds with Ryan Suter - Woody & Jim on 107.5 The River
Woody and Jim of 107.5 The River get Ryan Suter to open up about the name he gives to his hockey stick, and where he keeps his Olympic medal.

60 Silly Seconds with Kevin Klein and Steve Sullivan
Who is the stinkiest player in the post-game locker room? Another great segment here. Woody & Jim get huge marks for steering clear of the cliches and busting these guys wide open, and as they continue these segments (they had one this morning with Shea Weber & Joel Ward at 8:30), they've been giving away Predators tickets, so give 'em a listen.

Preds On The Glass: "Summer Sucks, Drop the Puck" Season Ends Today and Thursday Thoughts
Buddy's ready for the opening faceoff...

Preds On The Glass: POTG Western Conference Predictions
Buddy sees some real upheaval coming in the Pacific Division.

Paul McCann - Prediction Time!
Paul likes the L.A. Kings to take over the Pacific Division.

Nashville Expectations Never Higher As Puck Drops On 2010-11 Season - Predlines
I understand the enthusiasm, but "never higher"? That 2006-7 team was a recognized contender right from the start.

The View from 111: SOB! Predators Add Gritty Defenseman
Mark digs the addition of a big thumper on the blueline.

Nashville Predators preview " The Ryan Coke Experience
14th in the West? Really? I have no idea who this guy is, but yeesh.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Radulov, Game 1, and Random Notes
Robby reflects on Alexander Radulov, and looks ahead to Saturday night's opener.

Predators make final, 'difficult' decisions, set roster for Saturday's season-opener | Nashville City Paper
Barry Trotz sounds confident that the current lineup has enough depth to withstand the inevitable injury issues that crop up over the course of a long season.

A pair of Predator prospects to play in Ice Breaker Tournament this weekend - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond brings word of two collegiate prospects getting ready for action in St. Louis.

Nashville Predators center hopes to stay put - The Tennessean
Josh does the dead-tree version of Chris' post yesterday about Cal O'Reilly's opportunity this year.

2010 BEST OF NASHVILLE READER'S POLL - Nashville Scene
Shea Weber won "Best Predators Player" in the annual reader poll.

Around the NHL

NHL, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee join on new superheroes project - NHL.com
This is interesting... Stan Lee is going to be involved in developing a superhero tied to each NHL team. I told my 7 & 8 year-old sons about it this morning, and they got all excited thinking about various options.

5 years of playoff parity in the NHL - CBC.ca
Nashville comes in #5 on the list of post-lockout points leaders, right behind another small-market team with front office stability, the Buffalo Sabres.

Blackhawks remain atop 2010-11 Central Division preview - SI.com
Allan Muir's preview is another that has St. Louis passing the Preds. Methinks that's a rivalry we'll need to keep an eye on this season...

Meet the 2010-11 St. Louis Blues - NHLHotStove.com
Go through this roster and ask yourself... really? What's everybody getting so excited about?

Expect the first season of Hall, Paajarvi and Eberle to be "a very complicated and painful process." - Cult of Hockey
Some exciting kids will take the ice in Edmonton this season, it'll just take some time before they develop into a solid team.

Sheldon Souray to Hershey | Off Wing Opinion
Edmonton has loaned high-priced defenseman Sheldon Souray to the Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. No, this doesn't mean he's Caps property, it's just good business for the Oilers, writes Eric McErlain.

3 Legitimate Scoring Lines - Fear The Fin
Interesting stuff in San Jose, where the Heatley-Thornton-Marleau line will be broken up for now.

A big year for Ron Wilson - The Globe and Mail
How long will Ron Wilson have to turn things around in Toronto? Not much longer, I would think...

Working Out With Jesse Demers: Part One | Islesblogger
A nifty look behind the scenes at what the players go through. This is exactly what I need!

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