Storylines abound for Preds in Vancouver - Wednesday's news

[Ed. note: Dirk amassed these links and wrote the "captions".]

Maybe you've heard, but there's kind of a big game tonight. There are plenty of things to discuss beforehand, though, including the return of Shane O`Brien to a place where he was not cared for by the coaching staff, Dan Hamhuis' first game against the Predators, and the typical circus that surrounds Shea Weber returning to British Columbia. 

While you ponder over all that, though, follow after the jump for a load of reading to get you set for tonight's game. 

The Preds have 9 home games coming up in the month of February, including dates against the Detroit Red WingsVancouver Canucks, and Chicago Blackhawks. Save some cash and get yourself some discount Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home game.

Nashville Predators News

Canucks Gaga over Shane O'Brien's (Roxy roller) return - Vancouver Sun
SOB had quite the reputation for Vancouver's nightlife...

Vancouver Canucks may not recognize Shane O'Brien - The Tennessean
It seems like SOB's role is much clearer here than it was in Vancouver, and he's thriving because of it.

Finding production in the most unlikely places - NHL Hot Stove
A look at how the Preds have gotten offensive contributions up and down the lineup.

Shea Weber gets hero's welcome in Canada - The Tennessean
To be fair, there's a good reason why the Canadian media keeps wishing for big #6 to head north.

Hockey Night in Nashville: More Absurdity from Canada
Robby's sick of this coveting of our captain, too.

Darren Pang Part 3 – The Rest Of The Interview | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan gets Pangers thoughts on the Preds, and hockey broadcasting in general.

Around the NHL

Report: Jason Bailey suing Ducks for coaches' alleged anti-Semitism - Puck Daddy
Nasty, ugly stuff alleged by Jason Bailey during his time in the ECHL.

NHL businesses show substantial growth heading into All-Star weekend - NHL.com

You can probably bet on the NHL's salary cap going up another 5% or so next season, if this trend continues.

Black Dog Hates Skunks: Scorched Earth
As the Edmonton Oilers go through their rebuild, should they pitch Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner overboard?

Let’s Go Diving! - Houses of the Hockey
A gallery of hockey's play-actors doing their best to draw a call includes a pretty bad one by Jordin Tootoo.

Is wearing a hockey jersey childish? - Broad Street Hockey
My answer? Of course it is, but sports fandom is a wonderfully childish, escapist pastime.

Bourne Blog: When it comes to intimidation, it's hitters over fighters - Puck Daddy
File another entry under the "enforcers are outdated" argument.

Determining The Most Valuable Goal-Scorer For A Squad - Die By The Blade
Data to affirm something you already know... the Preds don't rely very much on a single individual for their goal-scoring compared to most other teams.

Keith Yandle Named to All-Star Roster as Injury Replacement - Five For Howling
Ryan Suter gets overlooked again, but hey, with the way the Preds have had injuries pile up, perhaps it's better for him to rest up instead.

The Norris Candidate You Aren’t Hearing About - Houses of the Hockey
Shea Weber shows up just outside the list of finalists in this analysis.

'The Great One' reflects, discusses turning 50 - NHL.com
I think Wayne Gretzky's 50th birthday qualifies as a national holiday in Canada.

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