"It's Your Fault We're Losing": Friday's notes

July 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Movie actor Will Ferrell (L) and Zach Galifianakis (R) eat a slice of pizza with Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) before throwing out the first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

What the NHL desperately needs is some new blood in the head coaching ranks, fresh ideas on how to approach the game and motivate players. No, I'm not talking about promoting the hottest name from the AHL or junior hockey ranks. I like what I hear from guys like Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis...

How to get an NHL jersey customized for just $5 | Hockey Gear HQ
So what are you in the market for? GOOSE #28? USS GILL #75? The deal outlined here (which expires TODAY at 11 a.m. Central) is a great way to save while gearing up for the new campaign.

Nashville Predators News

Stars’ odds to win Stanley Cup actually are worse after free agency | Dallas Stars Blog
In the latest Bodog release on 2013 Stanley Cup odds, the Preds dropped from 18-1 to 25-1 since mid-June. That still leaves them above-average, but does that properly reflect the loss of Ryan Suter?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Almost a year after tragic plane crash, Lokomotiv returns to KHL | Puck Daddy
The new Lokomotiv team made its preseason debut against Alexander Radulov and CSKA.

Pre-Season NHL Rankings: The Western Conference - The Hockey Writers
The Preds portion here is pretty funny, it's like a flashback to 2008.

The Bias Survey: Scientific proof that we're all gigantic homers - Broad Street Hockey
Fun stuff here, but there's one thing fans agreed on: they didn't like the decision not to suspend Shea Weber during the playoffs.

2012-13 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview - Loading Up For a Southeast Run | NHLNumbers.com
You know, this just might be a team I'll adopt this season in the Eastern Conference, I'm intrigued to see how they do since adding Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin.

Who Would You Rather Have? Joe Thornton vs. Pavel Datsyuk - CBSSports.com
I'll take Datsyuk in a heartbeat.

Griffin Reinhart Reaches Entry Level Deal with New York Islanders - Lighthouse Hockey
After completing his academic career at Hogwarts, he's ready for pro hockey.

Sergei Fedorov, other 'Russian Five' players added to Wings' alumni game roster | The Detroit News
I've never seen a more dominant group of skaters than the Russian Five in the mid-90's, and yes, that includes the 80's Oilers.

Back to School sale slashes equipment prices by 20% | Hockey Gear HQ
A new sale not only cuts prices on hockey equipment, but apparel, backpacks and shoes, too!

And lastly... here are the two head coaching prodigies I mentioned earlier:

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