Monday afternoon notes: Another blogging Predator!

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Mattias Ekholm #42 of the Nashville Predators moves the puck away from Chris Bourque #56 of the Washington Capitals at the 1st Mariner Arena on September 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Every once in a while a blogger stumbles upon something that's truly surprising, and brings it to the attention of a wider audience. That kind of treasure kicks off our afternoon hockey notes today...

Nashville Predators News

The View from 111: The Ekholm Diaries: A Rookie's Blog
Here's your read of the day... Mark brings us translated blog entries from Mattias Ekholm as he began his American adventure this year.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Monday Headlines, News and Links: Happy Holidays to All
It's a Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving Special over at POTG.

Local VS National: The Pre-Season Rankings of the Nashville Predators | The Predatorial
Jeremy compares how the national pundits picked the Preds to finish, as compared to the local yokels.

Agent Smith: How Craig Smith Re-Wrote the Code of the Nashville Predators | The Predatorial
It was only a matter of time before The Matrix comparisons got rolling!

Nashville Predators In the Community - NashvillePredators.com
Craving some Wendy's or Taco Bell this afternoon? At two locations around Nashville (just follow the link for details), members of the Preds will be serving up the goods!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Islanders 2, Wild 1: Early lead and big penalty kill key 1st win - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders made Kid's Day a happy one at Nassau Coliseum in an afternoon contest.

Game 2 Recap: Colorado Avalanche 1 Boston Bruins 0 - Mile High Hockey
...and in Boston, the Avs upset the defending Cup champs.

Boucher: Ohlund could miss 1-2 months; Gervais to debut - Lightning Strikes | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times
Bad news for the Lightning, as Mattias Ohlund will have surgery on both knees.

Luke Adam, Craig Smith, Tyler Bozak start season higher up depth chart than expected - Fantasy Hockey - ESPN
Two Preds feature prominently here.

NHL.com - Dynamic Duos: Who's better than Datsyuk-Zetterberg? - Melrose Monday
Barry Melrose lines up his Top 5 forward pairs. Colin Wilson and Craig Smith don't make the cut... yet.

No Seriously, Craig Rivet Just Signed A One-Way ECHL Contract - Backhand Shelf
It wasn't that long ago when Rivet was the captain in Buffalo...

Jason Pominville's Captaincy Well Earned - Die By The Blade
...meanwhile, Sabres fans celebrate their new leader.

Video: Hockey plus werewolves equals season intro thriller - Puck Daddy
The Preds really need to do something like this with Anders Lindback.

On-Ice Shooting Percentage as a Player Talent - Arctic Ice Hockey
A good word of caution here that applies in my Player Previews, which feature team shooting and save percentages while each player is on the ice. Those are provided not so much as to say "this guy has a talent which is why this value is high", so much as "this value is abnormally high, expect it to decline".

On-ice Shooting Percentage as a Talent | Hockey Analysis
Is there more to Gabe's story here? Perhaps, but much more digging needs to be done to identify the scale at which such talent exists.

Random Cities: Bob Miller " Puck The Media
The L.A. Kings TV voice digs himself a trip to Nashville.

Scouting the enemy _ Phoenix - The Dallas Morning News
With the Coyotes coming to Nashville on Thursday, this makes for timely reading.

Glen Sather and Icing Safety: Compassion or Gamesmanship? - PuckUpdate
Is there more than an injury to one of his players involved in the Ranger GM's support of icing changes?

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