Saturday's notes: Smashville hits the 1,000 mark

Will you be there for Game #1000 tonight?

Today is all about celebrating the story of the Nashville Predators, who tonight welcome in Montreal for their 1,000th regular season game. As we've seen recently, sometimes expansion franchises never make it to that mark in their original city, so it's worth celebrating the fact that not only are the Preds surviving, they're thriving, and from a business standpoint are possibly in the strongest position they've ever been.

Follow after the jump as our morning hockey notes start off with a number of different angles on this historic day for the Preds...

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Nashville Predators News

Inside Smashville " Pete Weber and Terry Crisp remember journey with team as Predators play 1000th game
Perhaps the most entertaining of all the "1,000th Game" posts out there is this interview with Pete & Terry.

Inside Smashville " Kostitsyn opens up on eve of playing former team
SK74 won't get to play against his brother, but it's still worth noting when he plays the Habs.

999 games later, Nashville Predators are going strong - The Tennessean
Harken back to those days of yesteryear...

Nashville Predators' Craig Smith is versatile enough to fill in for David Legwand - The Tennessean
The good news here is that Nick Spaling might return tonight.

Original Preds come back to Nashville - Fox Sports TN
Look for Tom Fitzgerald and Mike Dunham as part of the festivities tonight...

And here's the Preds' video celebrating their long road to 1,000:


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Andrei's injury scratches Kostitsyn rematch - Montreal Gazette
A nice dig in here by Sergei Kostitsyn at his former coach, Jacques Martin.

How long of a leash for Gomez? - The Hockey Writers
Montreal gets Scott Gomez back in the lineup tonight, but that doesn't exactly have Habs fans thrilled.

Hockey in Wartime: 11 Things to Remember | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
Interesting facts as a followup to Veterans Day.

Remembrance Day and the Language of Hockey and War - Puck Drunk Love
When you read stuff like this, the whole "Heroes Play Here" advertising campaign by the Preds seems even more off-tune.

Flames' Iginla wants to see points for NHL’s extra-time losers taken away - Calgary Sun
From your lips to the Board of Governors' ears', Jarome.

Nostalgia for a nicer NHL - The Globe and Mail
With the Hockey Hall of Fame induction coming up on Monday, Allan Maki checks in with the Hall's oldest living member, Edgar Laprade.

Down Goes Brown: Beyond the 1-3-1: Other NHL team defensive systems
OK, this is funny: Nashville Predators - As soon as opposing players break into the offensive zone against Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber casually skate to the bench and let Mr. Moneybags back there handle it.

Shot blocking in the NHL shifts from rarity to necessity - The Globe and Mail
Interestingly, the Preds are among the league leaders in Blocked Shots this year, after finishing 28th last season. Jonathon Blum is 5th in the league with 41, while Jerred Smithson is 4th among forwards.

Murray quietly heading into 1,000-game milestone - NHL.com
L.A. Kings coach Terry Murray hits the 1,000 game milestone tonight, too.

Unsung Vancouver Hero Alex Edler, NHL Defensive Scoring Leader - The Hockey Writers
Edler has stepped up admirably after Christian Ehrhoff left Vancouver via free agency.

With Niklas Hagman waived, let’s revisit the Dion Phaneuf trade - Puck Daddy
For those of you who didn't like the Matthew Lombardi/Cody Franson trade... it coulda been worse!

New Tech Helps Drive Sports Arena Success, by Susan Ashworth - TV Technology
Technology keeps adding more and more to the in-arena experience.

Dekanich Leaves Falcons Game With Injury - What Now? - The Cannon
Just when Mark Dekanich was set to suit up for the Blue Jackets, he strains his groin during warmups. What an awful break...

Video: Aaron Rome gets ejected for hit on Ducks’ Smith-Pelly - Puck Daddy
A nasty, totally unnecessary hit here, but will it result in suspension?

Play for Blood: Hawks 4 - Flames 1 - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks have taken over the top spot in the Western Conference for now.

Here, There and Everywhere: Red Wings 3 - Oilers 0 - Winging It In Motown
Jimmy Howard notched the shutout as Detroit slowed down Edmonton for a night.

Recap: Caps 3, Devils 1 - Japers' Rink
The Caps, who come to Nashville next week, lost defenseman Mike Green to a knee-on-knee hit from Ryan Carter.

Rangers Vs. Hurricanes: Explosive Third Period Gives Rangers Sixth Straight Win - Blueshirt Banter
Are the New York Rangers the hottest team in the league now?

Senators vs. Sabres Recap: Sabres Scoring Goals In Bunches - Die By The Blade
The Sabres rolled over Ottawa 5-1.

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