Here Come The Hawks - Weekend Notes

Hockey fans in Nashville are looking forward to the biggest home game (so far) of the regular season, as the Predators battle the Blackhawks in the first half of a home-and-home set this weekend. Can the Preds make headway in these two games against a key division rival, and establish themselves as a threat to win home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs?

And remember, if you can't make tonight's game, and/or are in downtown today, there's College Hockey at Bridgestone Arena today as Alabama-Hunstville takes on Merrimack at 1:00 p.m. Reports from last night's game were that it was a great game and a great time, so make sure to check that out.

Right after you read up on your morning hockey news, of course!

In case you hadn't heard, the Chicago Blackhawks are in town tonight, and it's your last chance to catch the Preds at home during the month of January! Save $6-24 each and use our Nashville Predators discount code for this, or any other home game.

Nashville Predators News

UAH vs Merrimack - Denise McCann
Denise (yes, the wife of Preds' PA announcer Paul) has posted a gallery of photos from last night's college game, a 5-4 come-from-behind win for Merrimack.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Bring the Noise
Robby is amped for tonight's matchup!

Preview #44: Predators Start Crucial Home And Home Series With Chicago - Predlines
Can the stingy Preds hold down the high-flying Blackhawks?

Red Light District: Preds set for crucial home-and-home with Chicago
Ryan talked with a few of the Preds to set the table for this weekend's big series.

The 303:30 – the Florida loss, the re-emergence of Legwand, and deleted scenes! | Section 303
Jeremy's got your pre-game listening all lined up.

Trotz keeps plugging along at pleasure of patient Predators - CBSSports.com
Wes Goldstein profiles the one and only Preds head coach.

Feeling good about my game, my mullet - Predators Insider
Colin Wilson writes a headline that only Ryan Smyth could love.

Nashville Predators face challenges of 11-day road trip - The Tennessean
After tonight's game, it's back out on the road for the Preds.

Around the NHL

Jackets Match Fans' Pledge (Puck-Rakers Blog)
A tip o' the hat to our rivals in Columbus, where fans took the "money on the board" story from earlier this week (in which Ron Wilson got in trouble for paying a bounty to his players for beating San Jose), and turned it into an opportunity to raise money for charity. After beating the Red Wings last night, the players matched the fans' donations, too.

Hawks hope to cool off Predators - ESPN Chicago
Jesse Rogers gets the champs' perspective on this weekend's series.

Maple Leafs' Mike Brown suspended - The Globe and Mail
Toronto also had a player suspended yesterday, after Mike Brown caught Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski with a blindside head shot.

Suspend Alex Burrows? Nuts To That, Says NHL - Blueshirt Banter
...meanwhile, Alexandre Burrows escapes punishment for trying to neuter Marc Staal. To be fair, though, there are plenty of Staal's already in the NHL. If something isn't done soon, they'll be all over the place.

Doug Weight: True Hockey Grit - Lighthouse Hockey
He's been out "indefinitely" for quite a while, so should the veteran center just go ahead and hang up the skates?

Yandle worthy of an all-star spot - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek picks the Phoenix defenseman as his most-overlooked All-Star snub.

Around the West: Hard work, discipline define Ducks - NHL.com
Dan Rosen's review of the West highlights Anaheim's progress so far. I still don't expect them to make the playoffs, though.

The Hockey News: NHL Mid-Season Report: Central Division
Rory Boylen is among many who are marveling at the Preds' success so far.

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