Pekka Rinne has played in all but one game for the Nashville Predators so far this season, and while nobody is complaining about his performance, one does have to wonder how long that can go on before the rigors of the game take their toll.
Our afternoon hockey notes begin with two articles examining just how much work Rinne is taking on, and the question of whether too much is being asked of him for the good of the team right now...
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Nashville Predators News
Pekka Rinne's Record-Setting Pace - The Copper & Blue
In his Preds/Oilers game preview, Derek Zona points out that between Nashville's Shots Against numbers and the fact that Pekka is starting just about every game, he could face one of the highest workloads of the last three decades.
Running Ragged: Is Rinne the New Kiprusoff? | The Predatorial
Do the Preds risk burning out their franchise goalie with this tremendous workload?
PuckTalk: Williams Cherry-Picks Facts, Ignores Aramark Contract | PuckScene.com
Patten takes NewsChannel 5's Phil Williams to task for casting himself as a truth-teller, but selectively picking & choosing which facts to build his stories upon for dramatic effect.
Smashville 24/7: Know the Enemy: Klein previews Western Canada swing
Kevin Klein is ready to "settle a score" with the Oilers after losing twice to them already this season.
Leadership is Lacking for Nashville Predators - The Hockey Writers
This writer puts the onus on The Big 3 to turn things around, but I'd point the figure just about everywhere else first.
Poile discusses Kirk Muller’s departure - Predators Insider
It doesn't sound like even Koach Kirk expected an NHL gig so soon.
Fenton talks Muller, Herbers - Predators Insider
...and Paul Fenton (GM of the Admirals along with being assistant GM of the Preds) expresses no hesitation about naming Ian Herbers as the permanent boss in Milwaukee.
Good night and good luck, Coach Muller | hockeygalmilwaukee
Bidding Koach Kirk a fond farewell.
U.S. Bank Arena Reviews, Cincinnati Cyclones | Stadium Journey
If you're thinking of making the drive up to Cincinnati to see the Preds' ECHL affiliate, this site has just posted a review of their arena.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Dale Hunter as Capitals coach and the demise of Bruce Boudreau - Puck Daddy
Greg Wyshynski examines Hunter's prospects for taking the Caps a step farther than Boudreau did.
The Hockey News: Proteau: Will the real Ovechkin return after Boudreau's firing?
All eyes will be on Alex Ovechkin over the next few weeks.
Canes Now - Can Muller make short-term impact on PP, Staal? | newsobserver.com blogs
And in Carolina, they're hoping the new coach can light a fire under their star, Eric Staal.
It’s time for Taylor Hall to add some nasty to his game | Edmonton Journal
He won't play tonight due to injury, but David Staples calls on the Oilers' young phenom to get a little chippy out there.
Stars starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen out at least three weeks - The Dallas Morning News
The surprising Dallas Stars lose their #1 goalie due to a strained groin.
Chris Pronger has mysterious knee virus, now out 4 weeks - Broad Street Hockey
If you think this is bad news for today, just remember that Philly has absorb Pronger's cap hit until the summer of 2017!
Picking up Blake Comeau is Planning for the Summer - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Is Calgary's waiver claim of the former Islander a step towards major change?
Red Light District: Who’s next on the firing line?
There are several other coaches out there at risk of unemployment, too.
Sortable Coaches - Jewels From The Crown
Wow, Barry Trotz has the chance to climb into some lofty territory over the next few seasons.
Which teams exhibit numerical warning signs 1/4 way through the season? - Backhand Shelf
Cam's not wild about Minnesota.
The Hockey News: Rumor Roundup: Rumor Roundup: Is 'Iggy' on the move?
Lyle walks through some of the complicating factors of a possible Jarome Iginla trade.
HBO’s 12 Minute "24/7: Road to the Winter Classic" Teaser - Backhand Shelf
Whet your appetite for more HBO-created hockey goodness.
Brophy on Leafs: Leafs goaltending options - sportsnet.ca
Couldn't they just go with a shooter tutor?
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