Friday's notes: I forgot where I put the memory eraser

For Barry Trotz and the Nashville Predators, they'll want to put last night's 5-2 loss behind them as quickly as possible, and get down to business against New Jersey tomorrow night, before heading out for a Western Canada road trip.

While reading this morning, listen to post-game commentary from Brian McGrattanJonathon Blum, and Barry Trotz (just click each name for the MP3), then follow after the jump for your trip around the NHL!

Nashville Predators News

For game recaps from last night, just check the left-hand sidebar on the front page of this site, there are probably a dozen or so you can find at the various Preds blogs.

Konfronting Kostitsyn & Thursday Notes | Predators AJenda
Great... now AJ has given SK74 an excuse not to shoot the puck! He'll claim emotional baggage from having inflicted grievous harm to an innocent fan.

Preds On The Glass: Barry Trotz Speaks after the Predators 5-2 Loss to Phoenix
Coach wasn't happy after that stinker, and Buddy's got the video.

Milwaukee Admirals 2011-12 season preview - Hockey's Future
An overview of your Milwaukee Admirals...

Vince Gill Honored For Service To Nashville - NewsChannel5.com
It's Vince Gill Week, in both Nashville and Smashville... 

David Climer: Predators' effort adds up to zero | The Tennessean
Why is it that the Preds always seem to falter when Climer's in the building?

Also, as found at Puck Daddy, here's Mike Fisher on the 700 Club recently (the book telling his story recently came out):


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Down Goes Brown: Other complaints about Brendan Shanahan
You've gotta love DGB: Whenever you walk up to him and say "Hey, nice belt, but I would have thought you'd be more into suspenders!" and then punch him playfully on the shoulder and laugh hysterically, he just stares at you like you're some kind of idiot.

Fight Video: Arron Asham bloodies Jay Beagle, who pulls out tooth - Puck Daddy
Here's your fight of the night from last night...

Sheldon Kennedy warns removing fighting from NHL won’t prevent depression - The Globe and Mail
A dose of common sense from the former NHLer.

Kierkegaard, choice, and the limitations of advanced statistics - Backhand Shelf

While an enjoyable read, this argument suffers from a debilitating flaw that runs rampant - the notion that when hockey stats analysts talk about luck or variation, they're throwing human elements into the wind. The point is that while you can talk up the value of intangible qualities like grit & determination, what matters to an analyst is to what extent there's an appreciable difference in those qualities across the league; all these guys are tough and hard-working.

Checkers Owner Michael Kahn Announced As Hurricanes Ownership Partner - Canes Country

Good news for the Carolina organization... now what's taking Brett Wilson so long to join the Preds? This "paperwork" seems to have taken years now.

Checking Out Shane O'Brien - Mile High Hockey
I know, folks, we all miss SOB. They're digging him in Denver.

Connolly's injury 'more signficant' than first thought - The Globe and Mail
Toronto's big free agent pickup is going to be on the shelf for quite a while, apparently.

Will Players Play Differently Against Sidney Crosby Upon His Return? - Backhand Shelf
A tricky question which will surely go through the minds of some players.

At Least You Got Here: Jets 3 - Hawks 4 - Second City Hockey
A couple former Blackhawks made their return to Chicago with the Jets.

Wild Top Oilers 2-1; 1,731 Days and Counting - The Copper & Blue
Ales Hemsky left this one with a shoulder issue, something which appears to be a nagging problem for him.

You Take the Ugly One (Which One's the Ugly One?) - Red Wings Win - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings move to 3-0-0...

New Jersey Devils Edge Los Angeles Kings in Shootout, 2-1 - In Lou We Trust
The Devils pushed their record to 2-1-0 ahead of their visit to Smashville tomorrow night.

Game 4 Recap: Colorado Avalanche 7, Ottawa Senators 1 - Mile High Hockey
Ottawa is pretty much a disaster zone this season, but at least the Avalanche got to enjoy a fun one, out-shooting the Senators 39-16.

Recap: Islanders 5, Lightning 1, Tavares-Parenteau Explosion - Lighthouse Hockey
It was a big night for the Islanders' top line.

The Rivalry Lives: Pens Fall to Caps 3-2 in OT - PensBurgh
Is this the most heated rivalry in the East these days? It might be...

OHL: Young Petes look to sustain early-season success - Buzzing The Net
Can Austin Watson lead a revival in Peterborough?

There's No Better Time Than Now - The Hockey Writers
Really good stuff from Jas here, talking about the growth of the hockey community, a fitting rejoinder to some writers who feel the need to portray the game as being in some sort of crisis all the time (CBA doomsayers, contraction advocates, etc.).

Silver Nuggets: How much is Erik Karlsson worth? - Silver Seven
See, other clubs worry about their upcoming RFA defensemen, too.

Rangers Analysis: Marian Gaborik On Track For Rebound Season? - Blueshirt Banter
Oh, to have such problems!

Making a Small Thing Big - The Spin
Lessons that Barry Trotz doesn't have to worry about near as much here.

Lokomotiv plane disaster survivor: ‘I felt we would all crash’ - Puck Daddy
It sounds like they're getting closer to understand what led to that fateful plane crash last month. 

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