Tuesday afternoon notes: Hockey Hubris in Nashville?

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 14: A general view of the Bridgestone Arena prior to the game between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks on February 14, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz often shows respect for the hockey gods, expressing his patience that if teams and players treat the game right, the proper results will eventually come through.

So what the heck is the team doing, posting a sign in the arena which lauds the "Stanley Cup champion Nashville Predators"?

Nashville Predators News

Twitter / @JoshuaCooper: Interesting sign at Bridge ...
Some seriously bad karma is emanating from this picture shared by Josh Cooper this afternoon. Yes, I know it's an expression of the vision which the team would like to achieve, but following this logic they should paint murals on the concourse showing Shea Weber hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Game of the Week: Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators - ESPN
Scott Burnside took advantage of his visit to Nashville to profile Mike Fisher's year with the Preds as the lead-in to tonight's game.

Preds On The Glass: Who is hungrier for a win, the Blackhawks or the Predators?
Chicago has to be, don't they?

Forget the Deadline, it’s Trade Week! | The Predatorial
James writes the three biggest mid-season trades in Smashville have actually come well in advance of the deadline.

Nashville Predators meet Chicago Blackhawks in playoff atmosphere | The Tennessean
There's that "desperation" word again.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Nash trade-related rumours won't quit + 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports
Set a few minutes aside for your weekly essential hockey reading.

Nash: "As Of Right Now, I'm A Blue Jacket" | BlueJackets Xtra
Yeah, that doesn't sound good for Columbus fans.

Daily Debate: Rick Nash trade saga begins - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Rick Nash on a line with Joe Thornton in San Jose? That would be pretty amazing.

13 Days to NHL Trade Deadline: New York Islanders Must Keep Eye on Next Year - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders need to go ahead and set up their yard sale.

Appreciating The New York Rangers - Blueshirt Banter
When things are going as well as they are for the Rangers, dare they make a major acquisition at the risk of disturbing team chemistry?

Mike Knuble: ‘You want to go somewhere where you’re going to play’ - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Can this aging scorer find a home?

Keenan hoping for one more chance behind NHL bench - NHL.com
Could "Iron Mike" find himself another head coaching gig?

Five Teams That Need to Be on TV More Down the Stretch " Puck The Media
Steve stumps for the Preds to get some coverage.

Red Light District Hockey: Analyzing the GM of the Year race
Even if he doesn't pull off a major move over the next couple weeks, is David Poile a contender again?

An illustrated guide to the Minnesota Wild’s misery when Marek Zidlicky plays | Puck Daddy
Folks love the infographics...

Systems Analyst: PK perils – just keep an eye on that guy, that guy, that lane and the puck | Backhand Shelf
How to cough one up on the penalty kill.

12:30 start times can’t be helping | Ted's Take
The Washington Capitals owner (and SB Nation investor) isn't impressed with the TV ratings for the NHL so far.

Johnny Boychuk extended for 3 years, at avg. of 3.36M per year... - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The fan reaction in Boston isn't pretty.

Canadian university students create ‘Jennifer’ the hockey-playing robot | Puck Daddy
The pinnacle of Canadian scientific achievement is upon us.

Left wing Ryan Malone will be back in the lineup tonight for the Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning Strikes | Tampa Bay Times
The Lightning get a key cog back.

Phil Kessel’s NHL peers find him easy to intimidate, according to survey | Puck Daddy
He's not expected to be the tough guy, is he?

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