It's Shark Night in Nashville as San Jose comes to town, in a relatively rare circumstance which has the Preds looking down the standings at their Western Conference rival. The Preds sit in 4th place this morning, a remarkable achievement when you consider all the key players who have missed time due to injury along the way.
Follow after the jump for your morning hockey news, which includes word that top prospect Ryan Ellis will go to the World Junior Championships for the third time, and more reaction to "Smashville", the new Predators-themed song which we'll hear live tonight at Bridgestone Arena...
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Puck and Punk: Smashville's Newest Song... Unfortunately
Link's not exactly thrilled with the new tune debuting tonight at the game.
Tuesday AJenda: Apparently, Running This Town Isn’t In the Preds’ Business Plan " Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ takes the Game Operations staff to task for switching the video intro from Jay-Z and Rihanna's "Run This Town", as well. You can tell this is Music City, the way Preds fans take such ownership over the game presentation!
Hockey Night in Nashville: Report Card
Robby reviews the roster, and really throws the book at two defensemen.
Game Preview #30: Niemi Returns To Nashville, Sharks Take On Predators - Predlines
Amanda points out that the goalie who knocked the Preds out of the playoffs comes into town tonight.
Red Light District: Nashville Gaining Steam
Ryan looks up and down the lineup and sees just about everything clicking these days.
Nugent-Hopkins among final cuts for Canada's junior team - TSN
To nobody's surprise, Ryan Ellis has made Team Canada's World Junior team.
Potential Preds investors prop up rivals - NashvillePost.com
J.R. Lind provides one interesting tidbit buried in this piece about upcoming ownership changes in the NHL, that apparently the league had the Ice Edge group (which is taking a minority position in Phoenix) meet with the Preds a while back.
Early offense a decidedly positive trend for Predators | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair finds a Zen-like balance in the Preds' scoring lately.
Around the NHL
Glendale City Council Approves New Coyotes Lease with 5-2 Vote - Five For Howling
There's no word if David Shoalts was in the back of the room, twisting his mustache and shouting "Curses! Foiled Again!"
Meet lovely ladies of Oilers Octane, Canada's 1st NHL cheer squad - Puck Daddy
Edmonton risks the wrath of the hockey gods by (gasp!) deploying a cheerleading team at their home games.
How Does Patrick Marleau Really Feel About His Slump? | PuckUpdate
3 points in his last 10 games, and a -16 on the season? Yikes.
Is Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit Red Wings greatest defenseman of all time? - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun profiles the greatest defenseman since Bobby Orr. I'd certainly put him at #2 overall, as winning multiple Norris Trophies is much harder in a 30-team NHL than in Doug Harvey's day.
Take your streak and shove it: Flyers down Penguins to steal Atlantic, NHL leads - Broad Street Hockey
Flyers fans are pumped after not only winning a big rivalry game, but keeping Sidney Crosby from taking a shot on goal. He did, however, rack up two assists to keep his streak going at 19 games with at least one point.
The Nabokov talk - Raw Charge
Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov was able to get out of his KHL contract, and is returning to North America. Tampa Bay is one team confirmed to be looking into his services.
Burke would do Phaneuf deal all over again - The Globe and Mail
As the Leafs head in for a game at Calgary, Dion Phaneuf is the center of attention.
Brian Rolston on Waivers- What happens now? - In Lou We Trust
The Devils are desperate, and need to rid themselves of the veteran winger's $5 million cap hit.
Great Britain pulls an upset, full U20 IIHF Div. 1 and 2 coverage - Puck Worlds
Among other games, The Netherlands pulled out a close one over Spain.