Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators preview, and Sunday's notes

Today is a huge milestone for hockey in Middle Tennessee, as local product Blake Geoffrion plays on home ice for the Nashville Predators.

I was up late last night digging through the financial particulars facing the Nashville Predators ahead of the Trade Deadline, so for this morning's game preview, we'll go with a limerick:

The Preds host the BJ's at two,

so come and see Blake's home-ice debut.

The Giant is back,

but this offense is whack,

and hopefully they won't play like poo.

For now, follow after the jump for your morning hockey news...

The Columbus Blue Jackets are here this afternoon, so take the OTF Discount and save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game!

Nashville Predators News

Paul McCann - Gameday is Smashville - Critical Central Showdown
How cool is this? A pair of Preds fans are getting married at Bridgestone Arena before today's game!

Hockey Night in Nashville: Do or Die for Nashville
Robby's hitting Blogger's Row today! Enjoy!

Preds On The Glass: Thanks to Fox Sports Tennessee...
Buddy's work got credited on FS-TN during their post-game coverage on Thursday.

The View from 111: Predators Season Sliding Away, Fall to Stars 3-2
Mark calls for the team to get back to basics if they're going to turn things around.

Fear and Loathing in NashVegas « Pull My (Fang)Finger
Fear? Loathing? Just about every emotion can be found these days among the Preds faithful, as the stakes get higher, and the team continues to struggle.

Friday Face-Offs, 2/25/2011 | Hockey Independent
David asks several questions that are on the minds of Preds fans these days.

What The Puck: Your Morning Jed: Hockey Love from The Office
See what having the NHL on NBC can do?

Hockey Night in Nashville: Where Should Blake Geoffrion Play?
Robby opens up an interesting question, but I don't believe for a second that he'll get 2nd-line duty.

Frustrations Loom, Placing Blame, and Finding Hope | The Predatorial
If the plan is for the Preds to win games by scores like 2-1 or 1-0, Kristopher points out that that's probably not going to work. The team apparently has a pretty lousy record if they don't score 3.

Around the NHL

Game 61 Preview: Pedal To The Metal - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and are gunning to pace the Preds in the standings.

Caps Claim Marco Sturm, Waive D.J. King, Recall Jay Beagle - Japers' Rink
Washington picks up a 7-time 20-goal scorer off the waiver wire... but he would have been too expensive for the Preds.

Clouston knows Svatos’ potential - Montreal Gazette
Well, Ottawa seems to be able to find a spot for a goal-scorer.

Is Ales Hemsky headed down the Kovalev path? - The Globe and Mail
One of the big sellers which has yet to wheel & deal is the Edmonton Oilers, and Ales Hemsky is often discussed as a being available, if the price is right.

Twitter followers track down Lupul's lost phone - The Globe and Mail
Hockey player is too lazy to call a taxi company on his own, gets his Twitter followers to do it for him. Lame!

Starting to be-Leaf again - The Globe and Mail
Toronto is within arm's length of the playoffs? Who'da thunk it?

Video: Rangers' Derek Stepan takes out Mike Green with headshot - Puck Daddy
Yes, a nasty shot here, but it doesn't scream "Rule 48" to me.

Delay of Coyotes sale has cascading effects - ESPN
Yet another delay on the road to getting the Phoenix Coyotes sold to new ownership. Ugh...

Prospective buyer for Hawks, Thrashers, Philips Arena in works |
In what surely comes as a bitter blow to some members of the Canadian media, there is apparently a group interested in buying the Thrashers and keeping the team in Atlanta.

And lastly, Bloge Salming is back with your Trade Deadline action (warning, one bit of NSFW language):

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