Friday's notes: After topping Toronto, Preds look forward to hapless Blue Jackets

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 17: Brian McGrattan #23 of the Nashville Predators lands a punch on Jay Rosehill #38 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena on November 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

This morning's hockey notes are loaded with storylines coming out of last night's victory of Toronto, and a look ahead to Saturday's guest at Bridgestone Arena, the Columbus Blue Jackets, whose struggles have now given birth to trade rumors aplenty...

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Nashville Predators News

Video- I’ve Heard Of Banging On The Glass… - KuklasKorner
Inspired stuff from one Predators fan last night.

McGrattan Ignites Fireworks Again in Preds Win | PuckScene.com
At least Brian McGrattan admits to being more of entertainer than a goal-scorer: "It was a good fight. I have a lot of respect for the guys I fight against. As long as the fans get something out of it, too, that’s kind of the purpose."

Inside Smashville " Hillen frustrated with penalty that led to Leafs goal in Predators 4-1 win
Jack Hillen's high-stick on Steckel (which Hillen admits to catching him with) led to Toronto's only goal last night.

Ryan Suter Watch: Nashville’s "Big Three" Update - The Hockey Writers
George puts the boots to members of the media who portrayed the Preds as not financially strong enough to sign the Big 3.

Craig Smith’s empty-net goal bid comes up very empty - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond has reaction from around the team to Craig Smith's blooper-reel moment.

Weber, Suter shut down league's leading scorer - The Tennessean
First Ovechkin, then Kessel. It's been a pretty good week, and now we've got Jeff Carter & Rick Nash coming up next.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh lauds the dynamic duo on defense.

Lombardi, Bouillon back in action - Predators Insider
Francis Bouillon and Matthew Lombardi developed a bit of a friendship while both were on the shelf with post-concussion symptoms last season.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Jeff Carter Demands Trade? - NHL Hot Stove
A rumor got started, then denied by the parties involved. It seems awfully early for Carter to want out, after all.

The Dark Blue Jacket: DBJ's 24 hours of Rick Nash
Whither the Blue Jackets' captain? If ever a franchise was in crisis mode, this is it, so all eyes are on their leader.

Filly Don't Do Rebounds" - Puck Drunk Love
In case you wondered just why Nikita Filatov is having a hard time earning a regular NHL job.

Tuukka Rask and Goaltender Value - The Hockey Writers
A nice overview of the "how much are goalies worth" issue. My main point with Pekka is that yes, last season was amazing, but expecting that level of performance over 7 years is wildly optimistic, especially considering that he's only been an above-average NHL goalie for less than 2 years (starting with the 2010 Olympic break).

Recchi Hacks Canucks On Boston Radio - Nucks Misconduct
Mark Recchi rubs a little salt in Vancouver's wounds, calling the Canucks "the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve ever played against".

Who's Out There if Mo Does Go? - Canes Country
Lee looks at some of the head coaching options in the event that Paul Maurice walks the plank.

Lowetide: Nothing Rhymes
Are things breaking down in Edmonton?

Pizzo’s Points: If the shootout was around when I was growing up - Backhand Shelf
A fun idea from Rob Pizzo, opining on who would've been great in the shootout back in the day. I'll chip in a vote for Alex Mogilny.

Penguins fans, Capitals fans…Can’t we all just get along? | hockeygalmilwaukee
A meditation on one of the NHL's best rivalries from Stephanie.

Dallas Stars Blog:: GOALIE BOWLING?
Darryl Reaugh chimes in on Lucic-Miller, with a surprising take for an ex-goalie.

Stephane Quintal Named Manager Of NHL Department Of Player Safety - KuklasKorner
Another former player joins the executive ranks.

"That's a hot pickle!" Vlasic, Sharks beat Red Wings 5-2 - Fear The Fin
The Red Wings are now just 2-5-0 on the road after falling in San Jose.

View From the Nosebleeds: Jets Crush the Capitals 4-1 - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Jets put on a show for the home fans by solidly thumping the Caps.

Tuukka Rask Steals Game For Seventh Straight Win - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Last night it was Boston's turn to take two points from Columbus.

Avalanche at Wild, Game 19 Recap: Lucky Bounce Goes Wild Way, Avs Lose 1-0 - Mile High Hockey
Watch those Avs tumble... they're now 2-7-1 in their last 10.

Post-Game Plus/Minus: Islanders 4, Canadiens 3, Nabokov Hurt - Lighthouse Hockey
I like the opening line here: "Evgeni Nabokov experienced the Islanders goalie rite of passage by going down with an injury in the first period..."

Senators get third straight win with 5-2 victory over Oilers - Silver Seven
5 goals on 16 shots? Who do these Sens think they are, the Predators?

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