Friday's notes: Shea Weber faces NHL disciplinary hearing

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos just reported the following via Twitter:

A 2 min boarding penalty called on #Preds Shea Weber vs #Canucks last nite will cost him a #NHL supplementary discipline hearing today @ 2pm    

We can't really be surprised, given the way the puck had moved on by the time Weber drilled Jannik Hansen into the end boards, in what looked like an act of frustration. It's certainly not something you want to see out of your captain, and if receives a suspension, that leaves the team even more shorthanded than it already is as they prepare for an important game at Calgary tomorrow afternoon.

Ponder Weber's possible punishment while you peruse this morning's hockey notes...

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Friday Headlines, News and Links: David Poile's Gamble
Take in a little cosmic dust in Buddy's morning links.

The View from 111: The Ekholm Diaries: Western Canada Road Trip
Here's another helping of translated Swedish Awesome Sauce to start your day.

The Road Streak | Admirals Roundtable
Nice going, Ryan, you just jinxed them.

Martin Erat: Here we go again… - The Hockey Writers
Let's look at it this way - if he weren't so good, we wouldn't be so frustrated with his injuries.

Big minutes no problem for Nashville’s top defensive pairing - Nashville Predators Examiner
It's good thing that Weber & Suter can soak up ice time, given the state of the team right now.

Nashville Predators bench Pekka Rinne after poor start - The Tennessean
You know, I wonder if the headline writers at the Tennessean even read the actual articles. Look at Josh Cooper's first sentence here, and then the headline. WTF???

Big goals come easy for Predators forward - The Tennessean
In 66 career NHL games (including both regular season and playoffs), Matt Halischuk has 9 goals. Yes, the double-OT winner against Vancouver was thrilling, but come on...

Rinne’s recognition - Predators Insider
Pekka Rinne's outstanding work against the Canucks in the playoffs made him a much larger figure on the NHL stage.

Kostitsyn shows stick-to-itiveness with Preds - NHL.com
A profile piece on SK74 entering his second season with the Predators.

If only the 'Dores and Preds were playing as tough as they talk - Nashville Scene
Can harsh words this week translate into stronger action? Let's check back in a few weeks to see how Vanderbilt & Nashville are doing.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Predators and Canucks Recap ; Don't Worry, Be Happy ( 1-5 ) - Nucks Misconduct
Comparing the Vancouver power play to the Harlem Globetrotters? Well, it looked that way at times last night.

A Theory of Ice: Play
This perfectly sums up why, even though my best days on ice are well behind me, I keep on playing hockey. Because as much work as it is, and how frustrating it can be, when a play actually comes together it's like experiencing pure magic.

Down Goes Brown: Upcoming NHL records and milestones
This is so money: "Roberto Luongo - Will be attempting to win 16 playoff games this year the way great goaltenders do, instead of winning 15 playoff games the way completely terrible goaltenders do."

DirecTV Threatens to Drop FOX Networks (Including FSNs) On November 1 - Puck The Media
Oh no no no... not more of this BS!

Perception Filters - The Cannon
For your daily dose of optimism, just take a look at the mood in Columbus.

How Blue Jackets president, GM defend team’s 3-17-8 streak - Puck Daddy
When you extend the look back towards the end of last season, things are stinkin' bad in Columbus.

NHL: Have Goalies Become Too Dominant? - WSJ.com
Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! Mitch Korn provides some input on this piece.

Early Scoring Leaders and the PDO Reality Check - Backhand Shelf
David Legwand is just one of many players whose early scoring rates appear doomed to fall.

Denver sports commentator trolls NHL, insults Avalanche fans - Puck Daddy
Trolls are bad, but trolls who are actually "professional" commentators for mainstream media outlets are even worse.

NHL takes small step toward solving its TV problem in Europe - The Globe and Mail
It sounds like the league has a real mess on its hands trying to get on the air in Europe, after ending its deal with ESPN America.

Rookie to Make NHL Debut Shortly Before Collecting Social Security Pension - Backhand Shelf
A 30-year-old rookie? That'll warm your cockles.

Please Get Buff Off of the Blue Line - Arctic Ice Hockey
Should Dustin Byfuglien play at forward or defense? I suspect his skating will be an issue no matter where he lines up.

Cheating in sport: Onedownmanship | The Economist
Public flogging? That would've been a nice response to Ryan Kesler's chicken-wing during the playoffs last spring. Here, The Best Magazine In The World ponders how & why athletes work the refs.

Recap: Capitals 5, Flyers 2 - Japers' Rink
Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves to lead Washington to victory.

Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
Eric Belanger had the chance to keep the shootout going, but rang a shot off the post, taking the Oilers crowd from jubilation to disappointment in milliseconds.

Senators 4, Jets 1: We're better than somebody! - Silver Seven
They know what they're facing in Ottawa this season, so they're at least trying to enjoy the ride.

Triple Fast Action - Hawks 3, Avs 1 - Second City Hockey
Chicago slowed down the red-hot Avalanche, who had won 5 straight.

Game 7: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
Ryan Malone scored the 150th goal of his career to get the Lightning on the board.

That's fire, baby! Pens 3, Montreal 1 - PensBurgh
Pittsburgh takes its record to 5-2-2 despite a number of key injuries so far.

Bruins Compost Leafs, Send Toronto to First Loss of Season - Stanley Cup of Chowder
You've got to love a good yardwork-related pun.

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