Thursday afternoon notes: Predators approaching grand milestone

"See that goal over there? Shoot the puck at it..."

The Nashville Predators are getting ready for the spotlight this weekend, as both the franchise itself and head coach Barry Trotz will reach the 1,000 career regular season games mark. It all starts today, as the coach will join NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's weekly radio show this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Central.

The Preds passed along the following press release:

Barry Trotz, the first and only head coach in the history of the Nashville Predators, will discuss the approaching milestone of 1,000 games -- for him and the franchise -- on today's NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show, which encourages fans to call in with questions, airs Thursday nights on NHL.com and on Sirius XM Radio at 6 p.m., ET.

Trotz and the Predators reach the milestone this Saturday, when they host the Montreal Canadiens (7:00p.m. ET, CBC, RDS HD, FS-TN). Only three coaches in NHL history -- Al Arbour (1,500 with the Islanders), Lindy Ruff (1,080 with the Buffalo Sabres) and Bill Reay (1,012 with the Chicago
Blackhawks) -- have coached more games with one team than Trotz, who was named the Predators' coach on August 6, 1997.

NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL.com as well as NHL Home Ice (channel 92 on XM and channel 207 on Sirius Premier - formerly known as "The Best of XM").
The show will re-air on Sirius XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

The show encourages fans to call in with questions. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696).  NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman is a production of NHL Radio.    

And now, follow on for the rest of your afternoon hockey notes...

Be there for the Preds' 1000th regular season game on Saturday vs. Montreal - take the OTF Discount!

Nashville Predators News

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Smashville 24/7: Preds catching injury bug (again) early in season
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A conversation with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher - Inspiring Athletes
A religiously-oriented interview with the Preds center.

Trotz a model of constancy as milestone approaches - NHL.com
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GameDay: Habs vs Coyotes Lineup, Leblanc, Gallagher | All Habs
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Shannon on NHL notes: Adding to the debate - sportsnet.ca
John Shannon touches on issues around the league, from Boston prospects, to Toronto retirees, and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Manny Malhotra problem - Nucks Misconduct
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Everblades ‘under the sea’ hockey jersey is goofy, sadly snark-proof - Puck Daddy
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It's odd to hear anything called "fast-track" about this deal, but hopefully the Stars ownership issue will be resolved soon.

The 7 NHL players with mind-blowing career plus/minus ratings - Puck Daddy
Yeah, Plus/Minus sucks, but this is still a fun read.

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Are the Red Wings poised for a rebound?

NHL Creates NFL Films-Like Video Production Arm, Led By Former HBO Sports Boss - SBNation.com
This has the potential to be very, very cool.

Giggy calls tonight’s game "must win" for Avalanche | All Things Avalanche — Colorado Avalanche news — The Denver Post
Strong words...

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